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.
Peter Steiner, the cartoonist behind the cartoon above, talks to WAMC’s Joe Donahue about The Good Cop, Steiner’s latest novel. Link here to hear it.
Mr. Steiner’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:
Peter Steiner Born, Cincinnati, 1940. New Yorker work: 1979 – . Collection: “I Didn’t Bite the Man, I Bit the Office” ( 1994). Mr. Steiner is responsible for one of the most famous (and most republished) New Yorker cartoons in modern times, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” (published July 5, 1993). An indication of its enduring popularity in our culture: a wikipedia page is devoted to it. He has also had novels published, as well as the limited edition “An Atheist in Heaven.” Website: www.plsteiner.com/
Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon
A newsy-ish David Sipress Daily. Mr.Sipress has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1998.
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.