Book Of Interest: Corey Ford’s Time Of Laughter; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist Is Michael Shaw

Here’s an interesting read, published in 1967 by Little, Brown. Corey Ford’s The Time Of Laughter: A Sentimental Chronicle of the Twenties — The Humor and the Humorists.

Ford will be forever remembered (I hope!) as the fellow who gave name to the New Yorker‘s top hatted butterfly inspecting dandy, Eustace Tilley. Here’s Ford talking about naming Tilley:

The New Yorker’s man-of-all-work…was Mr. Eustace Tilley. (“Tilley” was the name of a maiden aunt, and I chose “Eustace” because it sounded euphonious.) In Johan Bull’s illustrations [for Ford’s New Yorker series “The Making of a Magazine”] he appeared as a silk hat dude, with morning coat and striped trousers and monocle, based on the figure in Rea Irvin’s anniversary cover. In time Irvin’s creation became known as Eustace Tilley, and “Our Man Tilley” showed up now and then in the “Talk” section. Ross even listed a private telephone under Tilley’s name. During the guerilla war between The New Yorker and Luce publications, Time appropriated Eustace Tilley as a member of its own editorial staff, but he was hastily dropped when Ross threatened suit for plagiarism.”

You could, of course, read the whole book (it’s easily found online), but if you want to dive right into Ford’s New Yorker material I direct your attention to Chapter 6 (My Ugly Roomer) and beyond.

Above: The promotional pamphlet collecting most of Ford’s The Making of a Magazine

For an overview, here’s the Wikipedia page for Mr. Ford.

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Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon (Trump-centric, but of course) is by the terrific New Yorker cartoonist, Michael Shaw. Mr. Shaw began contributing to The New Yorker in 1999. Link here to The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank site to see more of his work.

More On Barbara Shermund; New Yorker Cartoon Collection Of Interest: Ice Breakers; Today’s Daily Cartoon & A Daily Bonus Cartoon; A Podcast Of Interest

Shermund’s rough sketch for her New Yorker cover of March 18, 1939


From The Comics Beat, February 4, 2019, “Caitlin McGurk on Long Lost Artist Barbara Shermund and Telling A Story Where The Bad Girl Wins”— more on The late great New Yorker artist Barbara Shermund who is currently being celebrated out at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Ohio.

And a reminder: Liza Donnelly will be speaking about Ms. Shermund at Billy Ireland this Thursday. Info here.

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New Yorker Cartoon Collection of Interest: Ice Breakers : A New Yorker Book of Cartoons

The above cover caught my attention when posted on Stephen Nadler’s Attempted Bloggery the other day. There are a lot — a whole lot — of custom New Yorker cartoon collections out there but this one, published in 2005, is as Mr. Nadler notes, slightly different than the others. Read about it here.

Below: The Index Of Artists from Ice Breakers, courtesy of Attempted Bloggery. Usually these Indexes are accurate, but this one has at least one omission (it’s missing one cartoonist — alright, it’s me –whose work is included). When I get hold of a copy I’ll dig into it and see if there are any more).

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Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily Cartoon: a political drinking game by Chris Weyant. Mr. Weyant began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998. Link to his website here.

And a bonus Daily cartoon, with a Warholian State of The Union momentby Barry Blitt, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1992. Link to his website here.

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A Podcast of Interest

Emily Flake, a New Yorker contributor since 2008, is a guest on this new-to-me podcast. Listen as she talks about all sorts of New Yorker cartoonisty things. You can find the podcast on Twitter:

@DEricpodcast

Link here to Ms. Flake’s website.

The New Yorker’s First Football Cover…And A Few More

On this Super Bowl Sunday, thoughts turn to how football has intersected with my favorite magazine’s covers. Closing in on its fourth birthday,The New Yorker had run plenty of sports themed covers (baseball, tennis, horse racing, sculling, hockey…) but not anything football-related until I.G. Haupt‘s cover shown above. This was Mr. Haupt’s third cover for the magazine. He came on like gangbusters following his debut on the magazine’s September 3, 1927 issue — by year’s end, he’d had five. In all, there were forty-four Haupt covers, the last January 21, 1933.

The next football cover, published nearly a year later, was by an up and coming artist, Peter Arno (this was his eighth cover):

Looking through the magazine’s football covers you see a lot of huddles, like the Arno above and this one from the great Abe Birnbaum (which seems like an inspiration for a later cover):

Mr. Birnbaum was also the artist behind this somewhat unusual take from October 1950:

Here’s a great line of scrimmage cover by Harry Brown:

Finally, a personal favorite: this beauty by Alajolov, published in 1939:

The Tilley Watch Online: The Newyorker.com’s Daily Cartoons, January 28 – February 1, 2019; Article Of Interest: Ken Krimstein; Thurber’s Last Drawings on Attempted Bloggery; Today’s Daily Cartoon

The New Yorker Daily cartoons this week were by Bob Eckstein, David Sipress, Lila Ash, Maddie Dai, Lars Kenseth, and David Ostow.

New Yorker cartoonists contributing to Daily Shouts: Roz Chast (the first of a monthly feature), Jason Adam Katzenstein, a Brendan Loper illustrated piece by Evan Allgood, Will McPhail, and Jeremy Nguyen.

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Article of Interest: Ken Krimstein

From chicagojewishnews.com, February 1, 2019, “Artist With A Pen: Chicagoan Ken Krimstein on his life as a cartoonist, and on his new book about Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt, the subject of an exhibit at Spertus”

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Thurber’s Last Drawings On Attempted Bloggery

Attempted Bloggery looks at an early version of Thurber’s last published drawings (they appeared on the Time magazine Thurber cover story, July 9, 1951). See it here.

From the Time piece:

“After a lapse of several years, during which he did not draw at all, Thurber is drawing again (see cover). He works with chalk on black paper, preferably just at sundown on clear days. About the porch of his Connecticut home, where he has his drawing board set up, drawings are stacked along with stove wood.”

— Thurber also made it to the cover of Newsweek, and The Atlantic.

Newsweek, February 4, 1957, and below, The Atlantic, August 1956

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Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon (groundhogian of course) is by David Ostow, whose first New Yorker cartoon appeared in November of 2018. Link here to his website.

Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoon; Radio Interview Of Interest: Paul Noth; Cartoon Companion’s Latest Reviews Of New Yorker Cartoons

Today’s New Yorker Daily cartoon, a mix of politics and this Sunday’s supah-de-dupah football game, is by Bob Eckstein, the World’s Greatest Snowman Expert. See it here, and visit his website here. Mr. Eckstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007.

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Radio Interview of Interest: Paul Noth

From WUWM89.7, January 31, 2019, “Cartoonist Paul Noth Explores Love and Black Holes In ‘How To Properly Dispose of Planet Earth'” — a radio interview with Mr. Noth, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2004. Link here to his website.

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Cartoon Companion’s Latest Reviews of New Yorker Cartoons

The CC boys, Max and Simon return with a close-ish look at all the cartoons in the latest issue of The New Yorker (the issue of February 4, 2019). Read it here, and while you’re there…check out part 2 of the CC‘s interview with Roz Chast. See it all here.