Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon
Johnny DiNapoli on coronadays closing salutations.
Mr. Dinapoli began contributing to The New Yorker in June of 2019. Visit his website here.
The Daily Cartoons: Bob Eckstein, Avi Steinberg, Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, Zoe Si, Maddie Dai.
Daily Shouts: Paul Karasik, Olivia de Recat, Emily Flake.
…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook.
Should’ve mentioned the return in this week’s issue (March 30, 2020) of Goings On About Town. You may remember that it did not appear in last week’s issue (March 23, 2020) for the very first time in the magazines history. The goings on are now online (music to listen to online, art online, streamed films) — an excellent and welcome adjustment to this extraordinary time.
Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon
— outer space distancing, by Avi Steinberg, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2012.
From Paul Karasik, “It’s Time To Start Talking to Yourself”
— Mr. Karasik began contributing to The New Yorker in 1999.
Blog Of Interest: A New Yorker State Of Mind
Want to get away from this period of trial and time-travel to another period of trial? Well here’s an issue for you.
This Spill fave blog looks very closely at the contents of the March 14, 1931 issue of The New Yorker. The blog’s customary deep-dive is, as always, fascinating.
The cover is by the great Rea Irvin.
…The New York Times Sunday Magazine includes this piece (“In Praise of a Normal Boring Country”) by New Yorker cover contributor, Christoph Niemann.
Happy 91st Birthday, Edward Sorel!
Bronx-born Edward Sorel turns ninety-one today! The Spill wishes him a very very Happy Birthday. To see this modern master’s work visit his website.
Above left: Mr. Sorel’s New Yorker cover of October 5, 1992 — the first cover under Tina Brown’s editorship of the magazine.
Above right: Mr. Sorel’s must-have Unauthorized Portraits, published by Knopf in 1997.
I’ve always enjoyed this passage from the May 14, 1978 New York Times review of Superpen: The Cartoons and Caricatures of Edward Sorel
“The satire is caustic, anti-authority and thought-provoking; it is also, miraculously, verbally and graphically funny.”
From Pat Achilles: A Cartoon In The Time Of The Coronavirus
Pat Achilles began contributing to The New Yorker in October of 2018. You can see more of her work here. My thanks to her for sending in this drawing.
I can’t quite remember how I ran across this short passage the other day. My treks through Thurber country often take unexpected paths. Anyway…while flipping through Neil Grauer’s 1994 Thurber biography, Remember Laughter, I spotted this passage quoting the late great Al Hirschfeld talking about Thurber’s drawings (Mr. Grauer interviewed Mr. Hirschfeld for the biography). It seemed well worth sharing:
“In the view of Al Hirschfeld, Thurber drew ‘like most writers’ draw. He cited other as examples the simple but captivating sketches of Edward Lear nonsense poet nonpareil, and Clarence Day whose memoirs of ‘life with father’ appeared in The New Yorker before they became a book and a play. ‘Lear and other writers who drew, they all seemed to draw the same way,’ Hirschfeld said. ‘They managed to keep that childlike creativity in their line.’”
Note: As of 10:00am this Monday morning the magazine’s digital issue has not yet been posted, so, for now, I’m relying on what’s available on other areas of newyorker.com.
Update: Digital issue posted this evening.
The Cover: as mentioned here last Friday, the new issue’s cover (above) was early released.
The Cartoons: As might be expected, several of this week’s eleven cartoons are current event-centric. Roz Chast’s and Paul Noth’s the most reflective, with Sofia Warren’s very much in the vicinity. If there’s a non-exclusive theme running throughout, it is domesticity: Lars Kenseth’s couple in the kitchen, Zach Kanin’s dad in the living room, a neighbor showing up to borrow a lot of sugar, Emily Flake’s couple at home in the hallway, and a dad in bed, with little patience to listen to his kid’s dream. Kim Warp’s way out there drawing bucks the surely coincidental at-home theme.
The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch: Mr. Irvin’s iconic masthead (below) is still hidden away, a redraw in its place since the Spring of 2017. Read about it here.
…Today’s Daily Cartoon: Maddie Dai on staying in.
…a Daily Shouts by Emily Flake: “Adages For The Age Of Quarantine.”
…From Comics DC, March 22, 2020: “Was Emily Richards The First Black Female New Yorker Cartoonist in 2004?”