The Weekend Spill: Henry Martin’s New Yorker Spot Drawings; The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of December 30, 2019 – January 3, 2020

                                       Henry Martin’s New Yorker Spot Drawings

From Princeton University’s Firestone Library Special Collections, “Henry Martin’s Spots” — this piece on Mr. Martin’s considerable Spot Drawing contribution to The New Yorker during his thirty-five year run at magazine. Here’s a fun photo from the article:

Henry Martin’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Henry Martin (Photo: 1984). Born 1925, Louisville, Kentucky. New Yorker work: 1964 – 1999 . Collections: Good News / Bad News ( Scribners, 1977), Yak! Yak! Yak! Blah! Blah! Blah! (Scribners, 1977). Martin has illustrated a number of books, as well as writing and illustrating children’s books. Besides over 1000 spot drawings, Mr. Martin contributed approximately 650 cartoons to the magazine.


A weekend round-up of New Yorker artists who’ve contributed to features.

The Daily Cartoon: Avi Steinberg, Jon Adams, Kim Warp, Ellie Black, Caitlin Cass.

Daily Shouts: Irving Ruan & Eugenia Viti, Julia Edelman & Olivia de Recat, Colin Stokes & Ellis Rosen, Matt Diffee.

And…Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook.

See all of the above and more here.

_____________________________________________________________________ Upgrades Its Digital Magazine Upgrades Its Digital Magazine

Not too many days ago — a week? two weeks? — I opened up The New Yorker‘s digital edition to find a number of things (features) had changed. The initial page has new icon features (if that’s what they’re called) on the upper right. By clicking on the three horizontal bars to the far right you’ll see the page shown immediately below show up. It allows you to look at thumbnail scans of the pages of the magazine, like so:

This is a big improvement over the previous thumbnails — they were too small (on my laptop anyway). Now you can clearly see the text and the graphics.

If you click on the magnifying glass on the tool bar you’ll go the archive search page shown below (you can search either the magazine’s entire archive, or just the selected issue — your call). That’s no different than the earlier design. The new archive search page looks different than the previous archive search page — you’re shown the matching results — but it acts nearly the same as the old one.

Here’s where I’m hoping they go another step further the next time there’s an upgrade. If I type in (as I’ve done) “Thurber” in the search box, a seemingly random list of Thurber’s appearances in the magazine’s entire history shows up. You see above the first two results: the first is from Dec. 07, 1957, and the second is from Oct. 29, 1979. What’s frustrating — and what was frustrating in the earlier incarnation of the search feature — is that there is no way to choose to view results in absolute chronological order. You can click on the year by year offerings (under the “Filters” option shown in the screen grab directly above), but even within those results, what comes up is not chronological. You are still left to sift through the results, ignoring the more contemporary results included.  An absolute chronological feature that would show each contributor’s appearances in the order they were published would be a most helpful feature to add to the site. Not being a technical person, I’m not sure the technology is there for that kind of precision result, but as The Beach Boys once sang, “Wouldn’t it be nice?”


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

A Shermund self-portrait

From, 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: