Latest Cartoon Anthology In The House: “Everyone’s A Critic”; The Library Journal’s Review Of Thurber’s “A Mile And A Half Of Lines”; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Elle’s Q&A With Liana Finck

One of the pleasures of this cartoonist’s life is receiving a new cartoon anthology in the mail, and then sitting with it at my work area (thus the cartoon fragment at the top of the accompanying photo), and paging through cover-to-cover (hey, it’s not like sitting down with The Tale Of Two Cities — we’re talking a half hour, tops, to “finish” the entire book).  Everyone’s A Critic (Princeton Architectural Press) is the second in what promises to be a  series of cartoon anthologies edited by New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein (the first book in the series: The Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons). Mr. Eckstein will speak with the Spill about the book’s cartoons and cartoonists as we close in on the pub date (October 22th).

You can pre-order it here.

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*full disclosure: my work appears in this anthology, and the Thurber book below

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Library Journal Review of New Thurber Book

The Library Journal review is up for Michael Rosen’s spectacular  A Mile And A Half Of Lines: The Art Of James Thurber. Read it here.

Note: Danny Shanahan, Liza Donnelly, and yours truly will join Mr. Rosen at The Society of Illustrators on October 25th to discuss Thurber and his drawings. Be there! Info here.

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Brendan Loper on the weight of the news. Mr. Loper has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016.

 

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Elle’s Q&A With Liana Finck

From Elle, October 1, 2019, “Why Liana Finck, Instagram’s Favorite Cartoonist Had To Stop Drawing Strollers”

Ms. Finck’s latest book is Excuse Me.  See the Spill review here.

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker October 7, 2019

The Cover: The most recent cover by Barry Blitt has drawn a bit of press.  Here’s Mr. Blitt talking about his latest contribution.

The Cartoonists & Cartoons:

Sharp-eyed Spill visitors might’ve noticed the “Spots” artist is included this week. It’s a special treat to have R.O. Blechman‘s work in the issue. Mr. Blechman is one of the giants of this nutty business. Here’s his entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

R.O. Blechman (photo: Hillsdale, NY, 2017. photo by Elwood Smith). Born, New York, 1930.  New Yorker work:  Mr. Blechman is, among many other editorial and commercial pursuits, a cover artist for The New Yorker, with his first appearing on the issue of April 29, 1974.  His last cover, titled “Eustacia Tilley” appeared on the magazine’s anniversary issue of February 26, 1996. It was inspired by the magazine’s inaugural issue featuring Eustace Tilley. Website: http://www.roblechman.com/

Some random thoughts on just a few of the drawings in this issue:  Two gym-related drawings — one by Carolita Johnson (on page 30), the other by Pat Byrnes (p.70)…Emily Flake is represented twice in the issue: a drawing (p.58) and, on page 17, a two-column Artist’s Sketchpad that looks very much like an excerpt from her upcoming book,That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug…Amy Hwang’s drawing (p.54) will likely appeal to those among us who have an affection for sugar — it’s my favorite drawing of the year by Ms. Hwang (her work is included in this upcoming exhibit).

Applause for Julia Suits’ fab nod to Goodnight Moon. A number of cartoonists have played off of  the classic kids book over the years (Harry Bliss, Bruce Eric Kaplan, and James Stevenson among them). The award for most outrageous goes, appropriately enough, to the late very great Jack Ziegler for his New Yorker drawing of November 17, 1997.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch: No dice on Mr. Irvin’s classic masthead (below) reappearing this week. Read about it here.

 

Gahan Wilson, Cartoon Great, Needs Our Help; The Weekend Spill: From Frank Modell’s Library: Introduction To Cartooning By Richard Taylor; Article Of Interest: Edward Koren; Barbara Shermund’s Marker; The Tilley Watch, September 23-27, 2019; Fave Photo Of The Weekend: Liza Donnelly & Jason Chatfield In Thurber’s Hometown

The Go Fund Me Campaign For Gahan Wilson

As most of you know, Gahan Wilson, one of the cartoon world’s greats, has been in need of assistance over this past year. A Go Fund Me effort set up by his step-son, Paul Winters is now back up to help with issues related to Gahan’s most recent difficulties. Read more here, and help if you can.

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From Frank Modell’s Library: Introduction To Cartooning By Richard Taylor

Among the signed cartoon books in the Spill‘s library, Frank Modell’s copy of Richard Taylor’s Introduction To Cartooning is a special favorite. It’s the only instructional book in our collection by a New Yorker cartoonist that belonged to a New Yorker cartoonist.

 

The book was published in 1947, the year after Mr. Modell began his long association with The New Yorker (as well as a contributor, he was, in his earliest years there, assistant to art editor James Geraghty).  What you see in Modell’s copy of Taylor’s book is what you see in many a textbook: essential passages underlined, circled, sometimes with arrows pointing out a word or two.  Many of the selections go to the heart of what it takes to be career cartoonist. Mr Modell learned his lessons well: he spent over half a century at The New Yorker, contributing well over a thousand drawings, as well as half a dozen covers.

Here are just a few pages from Taylor’s book with Modell’s marked passages.

And a nice surprise at the very end of the book on the inside cover, Modell added some sketches:

Richard Taylor’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Richard Taylor (self portrait from Meet the Artist) Born in Fort William, Ontario, Sept. 18, 1902. Died in 1970. NYer work: 1935 -1967. Collections: The Better Taylors ( Random House, 1944, and a reprint edition by World Publishing, 1945), Richard Taylor’s Wrong Bag (Simon & Schuster, 1961). Taylor also authored Introduction to Cartooning ( Watson-Guptill, 1947). From Taylor’s introduction: the “book is not intended to be a ‘course in cartooning’…instead, it attempts to outline a plan of study — something to be kept at the elbow to steer by.”

 

Frank Modell’s entry:

Frank Modell Born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 6, 1917. Died, May 27, 2016, Guilford, Connecticut. New Yorker work: 1946–1997. Mr. Modell began his New Yorker career as assistant to the Art Editor, James Geraghty. He soon began contributing his cartoons (and cartoon ideas for others), with his first drawing appearing July 20, 1946. Besides his work for The New Yorker, he was a children’s book author and an actor (he appeared, most notably, in Woody Allen’s 1980 film, Stardust Memories). Key collection: Stop Trying To Cheer Me Up! (Dodd, Mead, 1978).

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Article Of Interest: Edward Koren

From The Manchester Journal, September 27, 2019, “‘Into The Wild’ With A Vermont Cartoonist; Ed Koren’s Drawings Explore The Funny Side Of The Rural-Urban Divide”.

Mr. Koren began contributing to The New Yorker in 1962. Visit his website here.

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Barbara Shermund’s Marker

Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery updates us on the grave marker for the great New Yorker artist Barbara Shermund.  Read here.

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

Barbara Shermund (self portrait, above) 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).

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A  end of the week listing of the New Yorker cartoonists who contributed to the magazine’s Daily Cartoon and/or Daily Shouts

The Daily Cartoon: Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Brendan Loper, Lila Ash, Evan Lian, and J.A.K.

Daily Shouts: Liana Finck

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Fave Photo Of the Weekend: Donnelly and Chatfield In Columbus, Ohio

Two New Yorker cartoonists ran into each other in James Thurber‘s Hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. Chatfield is attending the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus convention and Ms. Donnelly is there attending the AAEC 2019 Annual Convention.

 

 

Early Release Of Interest: October 7, 2019 New Yorker Cover; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Early Release Of Interest: October 7, 2019 New Yorker Cover

The New Yorker has early released its next cover.  You can read a Q&A with the artist, Barry Blitt, here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Teresa Burns Parkhurst on Fall and Politics.

Ms. Parkhurst began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.