Book Of Interest: Gerald Scarfe’s Memoir; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

 

 

Book Of Interest: Gerald Scarfe’s Memoir

Here’s a title I missed: Gerald Scarfe’s memoir, Long Drawn Out Trip, published by Little, Brown last Fall.

Mr. Scarfe was a frequent contributor to The New Yorker during the Tina Brown era (1992-1998).

Link here to the publisher’s page.

 

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Jon Adams on Trump’s day after choice.

Mr. Adams began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.  Visit his website here.

 

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Ali Fitzgerald:   “America!: Open-Mike Night In The Forest”

 

Article Of Interest: Kenneth Mahood; Blitt On Trump’s State Of The Union Appearance; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Bliss & Martin’s “A Wealth Of Pigeons” Listed

Article Of Interest: Kenneth Mahood

From The Daily Cartoonist, February 4, 2020, by D.D. Degg. “Kenneth Mahood Is A Senior Stripper”

Mr. Mahood (shown above in a photo taken in 2013) contributed to The New Yorker from  1951 through 1996. Above center: a 1958 Mahood cartoon collection. Above right: a Mahood New Yorker cover, June 18, 1966. Below, his distinctive signature.

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Blitt On Trump’s State Of The Union Appearance

Go here to see the latest Blitt’s Kvetchbook. Mr. Blitt’s first New Yorker cartoon appeared in 2006.  His latest book, published in 2017, appears above. Visit his website here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

J.A.K. on the Iowa Caucus results.  Mr. K. began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014. His latest book, shown above,  Everything Is An Emergency, will be out in June.

Note: Mr. K is also today’s Daily Shouts cartoonist: “Comments-Section Success Stories”

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Bliss & Martin’s “A Wealth Of Pigeons” Listed

The expected collection of collaborative  efforts from Harry Bliss and funny man Steve Martin is now listed on the MacMillan website.  Sorry, no cover yet. The book will be out this November from Caledon Books.

From the publisher’s site, a quote from Mr. Martin, followed by the the publisher’s description of the book.

“I’ve always looked upon cartooning as comedy’s last frontier. I have done stand-up, sketches, movies, monologues, awards show introductions, sound bites, blurbs, talk show appearances, and tweets, but the idea of a one-panel image with or without a caption mystified me. I felt like, yeah, sometimes I’m funny, but there are these other weird freaks who are actually funny. You can understand that I was deeply suspicious of these people who are actually funny.

So writes the multitalented comedian Steve Martin in his introduction to A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection. In order to venture into this lauded territory of cartooning, he partnered with the heralded New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. Steve shared caption and cartoon ideas, Harry provided impeccable artwork, and together they created this collection of humorous cartoons and comic strips, with amusing commentary about their collaboration throughout.

 

 

Article Of Interest: Whitney Darrow, Jr. Profile In Feb 1950 American Artist; Not A “Disgruntled” Employee; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

Warren Bernard, frequent Spill supplier of New Yorker archival materials, has unearthed this fab February 1950 American Artist article on the late great New Yorker artist Whitney Darrow, Jr.. My thanks to Mr. Bernard for sharing it with us. As a bonus, there’s an ad featuring Mr. Darrow, Jr.’s favorite drawing paper.

Whitney Darrow, Jr.’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Whitney Darrow, Jr.  Born August 22, 1909, Princeton, NJ. Died August, 1999, Burlington, Vermont. New Yorker work: 1933 -1982. Quote (Darrow writing of himself in the third person): …in 1931 he moved to New York City, undecided between law school and doing cartoons as a profession. The fact that the [New Yorker’s] magazine offices were only a few blocks away decided him…” (Quote from catalogue, Meet the Artist, 1943)

 

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Not A “Disgruntled” Employee

The word “disgruntled” has been in the news the past few days — directly below is an example from The New York Times  — a headline from two days ago (the word popped up again today in a  New York Time’s post concerning more revelations from Mr. Bolton’s forthcoming book):

Seeing the word “disgruntled” reminded me of a cartoon of mine published in The New Yorker in the issue of March 4, 1988, wherein “disgruntled” was the key word — the reason it was bought and published.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

And speaking of politics, Teresa Burns Parkhurst imagines our forefathers tracking current events. See it here.

Ms. Parkhurst began contributing to The New Yorker in October of 2017.

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

“Double Infirmity: A Sickly Noir” from Sofia Warren, who began contributing to The New Yorker in November 2017.

Visit her website here.

 

 

 

Lee Lorenz’s Essential Essentials; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Lee Lorenz’s Essential Essentials

Here are three essential books for any and every New Yorker cartoon library. All were compiled and edited by the former New Yorker  art/cartoon editor, Lee Lorenz.  My understanding is that there were to be more in the series, but we all know how fickle the publishing biz is (wouldn’t it have been just incredibly wonderful to have had an Essential Robert Weber!). What you’ll find in each book is a compact history of the subject, with early work, and interviews, bibliographies, favorite cartoon topics, and plenty of cartoons. The first two in the series came out in 1998 (Booth & Barsotti), followed by the Essential Ziegler in 2000.  Mr. Lorenz also gave us a great book on William Steig, as well as an overall look at The New Yorker‘s art and art department from its beginning.  Those titles are essential too — they just don’t include the word “essential”  in their titles.

From the Spill‘s A-Z, the entries for those mentioned above:

Lee Lorenz ( Photograph taken 1995 by Liza Donnelly) *Born 1932, Hackensack, NJ. Lorenz was the art editor of The New Yorker from 1973 to 1993 and its cartoon editor until 1997. During his tenure, a new wave of New Yorker cartoonists began appearing in the magazine — cartoonists who no longer depended on idea men. Cartoon collections: Here It Comes (Bobbs-Merrrill Co., Inc. 1968) ; Now Look What You’ve Done! (Pantheon, 1977) ; The Golden Age of Trash ( Chronicle Books, 1987); The Essential series, all published by Workman: : Booth (pub: 1998), Barsotti ( pub: 1998), Ziegler (pub: 2001), The Art of The New Yorker 1925 -1995, (Knopf, 1995), The World of William Steig (Artisan, 1998). New Yorker work: 1958 –.

Charles Barsotti Born, San Marcos, Texas, September 28, 1933.  Died, Kansas City, Mo., June 16, 2014. Mr. Barsotti was briefly the cartoon editor of The Saturday Evening Post ( from 1968 until its demise in 1969). The New York Times review of his 1981 collection “Kings Don’t Carry Money” led with the following:”Thurber lives, in Kansas City under the name of Charles Barsotti.” His deceptively simple line drawings of pups and kings, and businessmen have been a presence in The New Yorker for over fifty years. It is likely that Mr. Barsotti is the only New Yorker cartoonist to have ever run for Congress (an unsuccessful bid, in 1972, in Kansas). New Yorker work: 1962 – . Key collections: Kings Don’t Carry Money (Dodd, Mead, 1981), and The Essential Charles Barsotti, Compiled and Edited by Lee Lorenz (Workman, 1998). Website: http://www.barsotti.com/ ……Link to Ink Spill’s Charles Barsotti appreciation.

 

George Booth (photo above taken in NYC 2016, courtesy of Liza Donnelly) Born June 28, 1926, Cainesville, MO. New Yorker work: June 14, 1969 – . Key collections: Think Good Thoughts About A Pussycat (Dodd, Mead, 1975), Rehearsal’s Off! (Dodd, Mead, 1976), Omnibooth: The Best of George Booth ( Congdon & Weed, 1984), The Essential George Booth, Compiled and Edited by Lee Lorenz ( Workman, 1998).

Jack Ziegler (photo by Michael Maslin, taken at The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, NYC, 2008) Born, Brooklyn, NY July 13, 1942.  Died, March  29, 2017.  New Yorker work: 1974 – 2017. Key collections: all of Ziegler’s collections are must-haves. Here’re some favorites: Hamburger Madness (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978), Filthy Little Things ( Doubleday/Dolphin, 1981) and The Essential Jack Ziegler, Complied and Edited by Lee Lorenz ( Workman, 2000)….. Link here for Ink Spill’s Jack Ziegler interview from late 2016.

Robert Weber (Pictured mid 1980s. Photograph by Liza Donnelly) Born April 22, 1924, Los Angeles, California. Died, October 20, 2016, Branford Connecticut. NYer work: nearly 1500 cartoons, and close to a dozen covers since 1962…. Read Ink Spill’s November 2016 Appreciation of Mr. Weber here.

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The terrif cartoonist Kim Warp has today’s Daily Cartoon.  See it here.

Ms. Warp has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1999.

Visit her website here.

Jason Polan: 1982-2020

Sad news tonight of the passing of Jason Polan who contributed one cartoon (shown left) to The New Yorker, published March 6, 2006.

Mr. Polan was the subject of a New Yorker Talk piece by Naomi Fry, “Taco Bell Drawing Club,” in the issue of Sept. 24, 2018.

His Every Person In New York was published by Chronicle Books in 2015.

Link here to The New York Times obit.

More reading: from Vice: “Jason Polan Is Trying/Failing To Draw  Every Person In NY”