Weekend Spill: Video Studio Tour Of Interest: Bob Eckstein; The Tilley Watch Online, June 22- 26, 2020

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Here’s a fun 6 minute video of Bob Eckstein’s studio.  Mr. Eckstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007.  He’s authored and edited an number of books, most recently the Ultimate Cartoon Book series for Princeton Architectural Press.

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An end of week listing of New Yorker artists who’ve contributed to newyorker.com features

The Daily Cartoon: Brendan Loper (twice), Lisa Rothstein, Farley Katz, Emily Flake.

Daily Shouts: Olivia de Recat (with Julia Edelman), J.A.K..

…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook

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Profile Of Interest: Andre Francois; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

Profile Of Interest: Andre Francois

From Art & Artist, May 15, 2020, Andre Francois, Pt.1 this look at the work of the great New Yorker cover artist, Andre Francois.

Here’s his entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Andre Francois (pictured above, 1978) Birth/death information from his New York Times obit of April 15, 2005: Born Andre Farkas, 1915, Timisoara. Died, April, 2005, Grisy-les-Platres, France.

Known primarily for his New Yorker covers, of which there were 54, he also contributed two illustrations (his illustration of May 7, 2001, accompanying an article on mussels was his last published piece in the New Yorker). 

Essential Collection: The Tattooed Sailor. (Knopf, 1954)

He also contributed one drawing to The New Yorker (shown below).  It appeared in the issue of December 19, 1964.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Colin Tom on making things worse.

Mr. Tom has been contributing to The New Yorker since

2015. Visit his website here.

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Olivia de Recat: What’s Behind Window No. 1?

Ms. de Recat  has been contributing toThe New Yorker since 2018. Visit her website here.

 

The Weekend Spill: The American Bystander’s Quarantine Calvacade; Film Of Interest: Barsotti: A Cartoonist’s Life; The Tilley Watch Online, April 13-17, 2020

American Bystander’s Cartoon Quarantine Calvacade

Michael Gerber, publisher and driving force behind The American Bystander has begun a Cartoon Quarantine Calvacade. He tells the Spill, he began it as an “outlet” for “both the audience and the contributors.” See it here (and subscribe to the Bystander while you’re there!).

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From a 14 year old Kansas filmmaker, Carter Rostrom, this short (5 minute) film, Barsotti: A Cartoonist’s Life. My thanks to Michael Gerber (of American Bystander fame) for bringing it to my attention.

Here’s Mr. Barsotti’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Charles Barsotti (photo above) Born, San Marcos, Texas, September 28, 1933.  Died, Kansas City, Mo., June 16, 2014. Mr. Barsotti was briefly the cartoon editor of The Saturday Evening Post (from 1968 until its demise in 1969). The New York Times review of his 1981 collection “Kings Don’t Carry Money” led with the following:”Thurber lives, in Kansas City under the name of Charles Barsotti.” His deceptively simple line drawings of pups and kings, and businessmen have been a presence in The New Yorker for over fifty years. It is likely that Mr. Barsotti is the only New Yorker cartoonist to have ever run for Congress (an unsuccessful bid, in 1972, in Kansas). New Yorker work: 1962 – . Key collections: Kings Don’t Carry Money (Dodd, Mead, 1981), and The Essential Charles Barsotti, Compiled and Edited by Lee Lorenz (Workman, 1998).

Link to Ink Spill’s Charles Barsotti appreciation

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The Tilley Watch Online, April 13 -17, 2020

An end of week listing of New Yorker artists who contributed to newyorker.com features.

The Daily Cartoon: Lila Ash, Paul Noth, Jon Adams, Peter Kuper, Brooke Bourgeois.

Daily Shouts: Liana Finck, Olivia de Recat, Sara Lautman, Ward Sutton, Ali Fitzgerald.

…and Blitt’s Kvetchbook: “Duck Doctor Dynasty”

 

Thurber Thursday; Book On The Horizon: Tom Toro’s First Kids Book; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist: Olivia de Recat…And Yesterday’s: Sara Lautman

Thurber Thursday

Above are all the (specifically) Thurber reference books in the Spill cartoon library. Thurber of course makes appearances in numerous New Yorker-centric books, such as Ross And The New Yorker; Genius In Disguise; Ross, The New Yorker & Me, etc., etc.), but these are the core group examining Thurber’s life.

Of the above, I use three on a regular basis: Bowden’s James Thurber: A Bibliography, Burton Bernstein’s Thurber: A Biography, and Harrison Kinney’s James Thurber: His Life and Times. Of the remaining titles, Helen Thurber & Edward Weeks’ Selected Letter of James Thurber has long been a favorite. The more recent volume of letters by Harrison Kinney & Rosemary Thurber is almost (for me) like Volume 2 to Mr. Kinney’s massive Thurber biography. It’s been incredibly helpful filling in some admittedly weedsy questions I come up with.

The book on the far left is part of Twayne’s United States Author Series (Thurber’s is #62). While this is a good bare-bones read, I’ve found other titles in the series helpful for biographical info needed on others in The New Yorkersphere. Peter DeVries volume is an example ((#448). Another is Philip Wylie’s (#285) — it came in handy during my Peter Arno research.

All of these books are within an arm’s reach from my work table on the chance there’s a Thurber emergency.

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News from Tom Toro of his first kids book, out May 12th, from Little, Brown.

This from the publisher:

Two children bring home a pet porcupine, but they can only keep her if she’s house-trained! After a whirlwind of increasingly zany approaches, the kids learn that sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to ask nicely. With Tom’s wit and dynamic artwork, this delightful story about learning to pee will bring joy and heart to young readers.

Here’s Mr. Toro’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Tom Toro (self portrait  & bio courtesy of Mr. Toro) Born in Richmond, California on May 22, 1982. Graduated valedictorian from El Cerrito High School and matriculated to Yale. Edited cartoons for The Yale Herald and won a national championship in lightweight rowing in 2002, elected captain of the rowing team in 2004. Earned a degree cum laude in art history specializing in cinema studies. Attended NYU Film School for two years, shooting shorts and features that went to Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes. Began submitting cartoons to The New Yorker in 2007, first got published in 2010 – after the 610th try. Also a writer of literary fiction, short stories, screenplays and children’s picture books of the “unpublished” variety [Ed.: until now!]. New Yorker work: May 24, 2010 – . Visit his website here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Paul Noth on time travel in the time of Trump.

Mr. Noth began contributing to The New Yorker in 2004. Visit his website here.

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist…

From Olivia de Recat, “My New Friends!”

— Ms. de Recat has been contributing her cartoons to The New Yorker since February of 2018. Visit her website here.

 

…and Yesterday’s 

From Sara Lautman, “P.S.A. Posters For Living Indoors”

— Ms. Lautman has been contributing to The New Yorker since March of 2016. Visit her website here.

Case For Pencils Spotlights Olivia de Recat; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Yesterday’s Shouts Cartoonist

A Case For Pencils Spotlights Olivia de Recat

Jane Mattimoe’s terrif blog takes a look at New Yorker contributor Olivia de Recat’s tools of the trade. Read it here!

From the Spill‘s A-Z:

Olivia de Recat  New Yorker work: February 5, 2018 — .  Website: https://www.oliviaderecat.com/

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Peter Kuper on an excercise option.

Mr. Kuper began contributing to The New Yorker in June of 2011.  Visit his website here.

 

…and Yesterday’s Daily Shouts cartoonist:

Liana Finck contributed “Some Drawings From Week One At Home”Ms. Finck’s work began appearing in The New Yorker February of 2013. Visit her website here.