The Cover: How great it is to see a J.J. Sempe cover. A very short Q&A with Mr. Sempe here.
The Cartoonists & Cartoons:
Some random thoughts: Enjoyed Amy Hwang’s guillotine/watermelon drawing (p. 30) — guillotine drawings are rare but usually memorable (Tom Cheney’s from February 24, 1997 for instance, or this one from George Booth, also published in 1997, in the June 9th issue). Ms. Hwang’s hooded henchman is not alone in the issue. Another appears in Emily Flake’s court jester drawing (p.39). It’s sort of a first cousin to another Cheney guillotine drawing published November 1, 2010.
Much enjoyed Robert Leighton’s frogs drawing (p.63). I just had to look up previous lily pad frog drawings and came across this beauty from the great Warren Miller published March 5, 1990 (one of several frog on lily pad drawings referencing Monet).
There’s a lot going on graphically in Bruce Eric Kaplan’s very funny drawing (p.45) but a wee meatball is the star.
The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch: Mr. Irvin’s classic heading shown below is still a-missin. Read about it here.
This past week’s Daily cartoonists: Liza Donnelly, Tim Hamilton, David Sipress, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, and Avi Steinberg.
…and New Yorker cartoonists contributing to Daily Shouts: Ward Sutton, Roz Chast, Ellis Rosen…and Barry Blitt (as part of the Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook series).
Dick Buchanan On Ton Smits
More from Dick Buchanan’s deep deep file cabinet: Ton Smits Cartoons 1951-1967. All via Mike Lynch’s blog, of course! The above cartoon appeared in Look, June 9, 1959.
Here’s Mr. Smits brief entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:
Ton Smits Born, February 18, 1921. Died, August 5, 1981. New Yorker work: 1954 -1980. Wikipedia entry here.
Book Tour Of Interest: Liana Finck
Liana Finck’s latest book, Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, And Notes To Self is out September 24th (Random House). Ms. Finck began contributing to The New Yorker in 2013. Link here to her website.
Dick Buchanan On The Roth Brothers: Al Ross, Irving Roir, Ben Roth, and Salo
Here’s a terrif post by Dick Buchanan on the Roth brothers (via Mike Lynch’s blog).
Daily Cartoonists: Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Avi Steinberg
The Daily News Cycle by Teresa Burns Parkhurst, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.
A back to school Daily by Avi Steinberg, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2012.
A Daily Shouts By…Ward Sutton
“The World’s Greatest Dealmaker” by Ward Sutton, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007. Visit his website here.
The Cover: Ivan Brunetti returns with a cat person/dog person cover. Read here what he had to say about the cover.
The Cartoonists & Cartoons:
I spend the wee hours of every Monday morning looking through the latest issue of The New Yorker (it’s posted online at around 4am). I look at every cartoon at least twice, then I close my laptop and think about the cartoons I just saw. The ones that stick with me — the ones I think about the most, are the ones noted here on The Monday Tilley Watch. And so it is this week with these four (in no particular order):
Liana Finck’s (p. 40) umbrella drawing grabbed me immediately. It reminded me of an early New Yorker drawing by her published in 2014 (she began contributing to The New Yorker in 2013) titled Snow Falling On Accountants (I liked that one so much it’s now part of the Spill‘s collection of originals). The drawing has a 1970/1980s-era William Stieg-ian quality to it.
Roz Chast’s Wizard of Oz drawing (p. 54). I’m a fan of Ms. Chast’s outdoorsy drawings (like this one for instance). I associate Oz with spectacular color (the film is black & white til Dorothy lands in Oz and opens up the door of her farmhouse). We’ve all seen enough of Ms. Chast’s terrif color work so that I can (possibly) be forgiven for imagining this drawing colorized.
The lead off drawing in the issue is by Adam Douglas Thompson. I like the simplicity of this cartoon — the way Mr. Thompson’s shown us exactly what we need to see, and no more. Rats (and mice) have a long New Yorker cartoon history (here’s a favorite Sam Gross drawing from 1999).
David Borchart’s end of summer drawing (p. 39) is quite fab. Mr. Borchart, as he usually does in his work, gives us a world to think about. And, of course, the drawing itself is spectacular (note how the ferry leaves a wake).
Cartoon placement/sizing: All of the cartoons in this issue have been given good breathing room. A few examples: William Haefeli’s (p.31), Sharon Levy’s (p.59), and Lars Kenseth’s (p.22).
Rea Irvin’s Lost Masthead: Gone since the Spring of 2017, but not forgotten here.