From Newyorker.com’s Culture Desk: Liza Donnelly On The Art Of Barbara Shermund

A Shermund self-portrait

From newyorker.com, February 17, 2019, “The Lovely Nineteen-Twenties Flapper Cartoons Of Barbara Shermund” Liza Donnelly writes about one of her favorite New Yorker cartoonists, the late great, Barbara Shermund.

Ms. Shermund’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z

Barbara Shermund : Born, San Francisco. 1899. Studied at The California School of Fine Arts. Died, 1978, New Jersey. New Yorker work: June 13, 1925 thru September 16, 1944. 8 covers and 599 cartoons. Shermund’s post-New Yorker work was featured in Esquire. (See Liza Donnelly’s book, Funny Ladies — a history of The New Yorker’s women cartoonists — for more on Shermund’s life and work)

Ms. Donnelly’s entry on the A-Z

Liza Donnelly : Born, Washington, D.C. New Yorker work: 1982 – Key book: Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons (Prometheus, 2005). Edited:  Sex & Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love…in 200 Cartoons ( Twelve, 2008). Cartoon Marriage ( with Michael Maslin) (Random House, 2009), When Do They Serve the Wine?( Chronicle, 2010). Women On Men (Narrative Library, 2013). Donnelly also wrote and illustrated a popular series of dinosaur books for children ( Dinosaur Day, Dinosaur Beach, Dinosaur Halloween, etc.) all published by Scholastic.  She is the CBS News Resident Cartoonist. Website: http://www.lizadonnelly.com

Society Of Illustrators Names Hall Of Fame Inductees; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Shannon Wheeler; More Gerberg; Event Of Interest: Chris Ware; Even More Shermund; Interviews Of Interest: Bob Eckstein, Gahan Wilson

From The Daily Cartoonist, February 14, 2019, “Society Of illustrators 2019 Hall of Fame” — Read here! (Spoiler: Two New Yorker folks named!)

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Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon, tuned in to today’s heart-shaped celebration, is by Shannon Wheeler, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2009.

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More Gerberg

Mr. Gerberg’s first New Yorker cartoon, published in the issue of April 10, 1965.

From amNewYork, February 14, 2019, “Mort Gerberg retrospective spotlights cartoonnist’s witty views of NY life”

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From The Albany Times-Union, February 12, 2019, Cartoonist Chris Ware Speaks, Signs Books.

Mr. Ware’s Monograph, published in 2017

Mr. Ware began contributing to The New Yorker in 1999.

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Even More Shermund

A Shermund self-portrait

From Columbus Monthly, “Burying Barbara Shermund, A Forgotten Cartoonist” — more on the late great Ms. Shermund. Read here.

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Interview of Interest: Bob Eckstein

Bob Eckstein’s fabulous Snowman book

A radio interview with a lot of snowman talk (as you’d expect when the World’s Greatest Snowman Expert is the interviewee), and some cartoon talk as well at the close. Listen here.

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Interview of Interest: Gahan Wilson

Jason Sacks interviews Gahan Wilson. Listen here.

Mr. Wilson began contributing to The New Yorker in 1976. Link here to his website.

Of Interest: Early Dedini!; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Mary Lawton

My thanks to Scott Burns for sending along this wonderful piece by Eldon Dedini, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1950. Mr. Dedini also had a long association with Playboy.

Below: from the Dedini exhibit at the Billy Rose Cartoon Library & Museum

Mr. Dedini’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z : Born 1921, King City, Calif. Died January 12, 2006, Carmel, California. New Yorker work: 1950 – 2003. Collection: The Dedini Gallery (Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, 1961)

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Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily Cartoon is by Mary Lawton, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.

Fave Photo Of The Day: Cartoonists Out West; Podcast Of Interest: Mort Gerberg; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Michael Shaw; Liza Donnelly Live-Draws The Grammys For CBS

Here’s a fun crowd dining out on the left coast. From lower left, clockwise: Lars Kenseth, Lila Ash, Olivia de Recat, Sharon Isadora Levy, Ivan Ehlers (Mad Magazine cartoonist and a contributor to The New Yorker‘s Daily cartoon), David Ostow, and American Bystander‘s Michael Gerber. (My thanks to Mr. Ostow for the photo).

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Podcast Of Interest: Mort Gerberg

Mr. Gerberg’s latest collection

From Gil Roth, a good friend of New Yorker cartoonists (see the list of cartoonists he’s interviewed) this new podcast with long-time contributor Mort Gerberg (he began contributing to the magazine in 1965). Lots of talk about The New Yorker, the business of cartooning.

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Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily — a pet piece — is by Michael Shaw, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1999.

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Liza Donnelly Live-Draws Grammys

Wearing one of her other hats (that of Resident Cartoonist for CBS) Liza Donnelly drew some of the action at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Link here to read her account, and see the collected drawings.

The New Year’s Cartoon Books…So Far

This looks to be a fun year for New Yorker cartoon aficionados, with a number of books already listed. Some have cover art, some don’t; some have more descriptive material from the publisher than others, at least one has no descriptive text at all…yet. All books are listed in chronological order:


The Ultimate Cartoon Book Of Book Cartoons
, edited by Bob Eckstein (Princeton Architectural Press). April 2, 2019. A classic cartoon anthology. From the publisher:

“This exuberant collection of cartoons is an enthusiastic love letter to books and bookstores. The cartoons celebrate and critique the literary world through the work of thirty-three of the masters of cartoon art …”


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Why Don’t you Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast (Celedon Books) April 2, 2019. Ms. Marx and Ms. Chast join forces once again. “…One-line witticisms from [Ms. Marx] accompanied by [Ms. Chast’s] full color illustrations…”

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Why Did We Trust Him? by Shannon Wheeler (Top Shelf Productions) August 20, 2019. According to his publisher, this collection is “a more personal set of single panel comics.”

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Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, And Notes To Self by Liana Finck (Random House Trade Paperbacks) September 24, 2019. The cover art isn’t available yet. But here’s some of the publisher’s text:

Excuse Me assembles more than 500 of her most loved cartoons from Instagram and The New Yorker over the past few years, in such distinctive chapters as Love & Dating; Gender & Other Politics; Animals; Art & Myth-Making; Humanity; Time, Space, and How to Navigate Them; Strangeness, Shyness, Sadness; and Notes to Self.

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Big She Bang by Marisa Acocella (Harper Wave) October 15, 2019.

Cover art not yet available. Here’s what her publisher has to say about the book:

New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Acocella tells an alternate her-story of the world in a new brilliant graphic book. Narrated by God the Mother and featuring all of the bad-ass women who have been relegated to footnotes, or worse, vilified for daring to speak their minds, The Big She-Bang goes head to head with the big “book written by men about a bunch of men” to tell it like it is.

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Everyone’s A Critic, edited by Bob Eckstein (Princeton Architectural Press). October 22, 2019

Cover art not yet available, nor is there any text from the publisher. However, I think it’s safe to say that this collection will be filled with the work of New Yorker cartoonists, just like Mr. Eckstein’s Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons mentioned at the top of this post.