The Weekend Spill: Cartoonists Offer #Cartoonrelief To Those Hit Hardest By Covid-19; The Tilley Watch Online, March 30 – April 3, 2020; Tom Gauld’s Collection Reviewed

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While checking in on a New Yorker cartoonist Slack group a few days ago I noticed a number of my cartoonist colleagues had begun using their art to help those in need during this pandemic. I asked if one of the organizers would explain in detail what they were up to. So here is my New Yorker cartoonist colleague, Amy Kurzweil to tell you about an incredibly worthy effort, #Cartoonrelief:

#Cartoonrelief was born on the New Yorker Cartoonist Slack channel. Navied Mahdavian posted that he’d just bought some photographs from Italian artists raising money for local hospitals, and wanted to know if we cartoonists were interested in selling prints or drawings for a coronavirus cause. I was just about to do something similar on my instagram; a couple times annually I sell prints and originals and give half the proceeds to charity, and this seemed like a moment to up my charitable game. I chose (and often raise money for) Give Directly because their charitable model makes the most sense to me; they give unconditional, direct cash transfers to people living in extreme poverty; they’re highly rated by charity watch orgs because their model means overhead costs are low and decisions about how to spend money are as local as possible. Usually their efforts are global, but right now they have a fund that sends cash to US families hit hardest by COVID-19. 
Other cartoonists jumped on board, and we each made our own choices about what to offer and for how much, given our various constraints at the moment. Avi Steinberg is offering digital portraits, Navied Mahdavian is offering original cartoon drawings, Brendan Loper is offering original cartoon drawings, digital prints, and pet portraits, Sofia Warren is offering originals portraits and original collaborative cartoons, Kendra Allenby is offering signed prints and one-on-one art consultations, Ivan Ehlers is offering prints and custom digital portraits. Neil Dvorak is offering prints, Tom Chitty is drawing robots on horses. Each of our offerings is set at a different price-point, between $25 and $125; people just have to message us the receipt for their donation. I’m offering drawn portraits for $100 and personalized digital cartoon prints for $50. Most people are going for portraits, usually of a loved one: a child they’re quarantining with, a partner they are or aren’t quarantining with, a coworker they’re missing. Although it’s been a lot of work, it’s felt quite meaningful to enter people’s lives momentarily through the act of drawing the people they love. All the responses have been incredibly validating. Here are a few of the portraits I’ve done so far:
And here are some other offerings:
Original Cartoons from Navied:
A collaborative cartoon from Sofia and a donating contributor:
I’ve noticed people have been making much larger donations than I suggest. For example, someone just sent me a receipt for $1000. I think people who can give, want to give, and they appreciate encouragement and validation for doing so. Together we’ve raised $8,000 +… and counting!
If you’d like to join us: Our efforts are unified under the hashtag #cartoonrelief, and any cartoonists can get involved by offering whatever art they can, for a COVID-19 related charitable cause. We’re encouraging of cartoonists and cartoon supporters to propose their own charity or fund they believe is helping with medical or economic relief right now.
If people have any questions about how to get involved, or want to support our efforts, you can reach out to any of the cartoonists mentioned above on Instagram, or email me directly: amykurz@gmail.com 
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A listing of New Yorker artists who contributed to newyorker.com features during the week of March 30 – April 3, 2020.
The Daily Cartoon: Peter Kuper, Shannon Wheeler, Jon Adams, Johnny Dinapoli, Kendra Allenby.
Daily Shouts: Liana Finck, Jason Chatfield (with Ginny Hogan), Avi Steinberg.
…Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook.
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Tom Gauld’s Cartoon Collection Reviewed
Mr. Gauld is a New Yorker cover artist.

 

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.

The Weekend Spill: Emily Hopkins Essay; The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of March 9-13, 2020

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Essays Of Interest…Includes Emily Hopkins

Pretty Bitches: On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, And All the Other Words That Are Used To Undermine Women has just been released by Seal Press. Edited by Lizzie Skurnick, it includes an essay by New Yorker cartoonist Emily Hopkins (Emily Richards at the time of her New Yorker debut) is included.

More: See Ms. Hopkins’ Secret Showcase of My Family Portraits here.

Ms. Hopkins entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Emily Richards (now Emily Hopkins) New Yorker work: 2004 – . Born, Boston, Massachusetts, 1970.  Grew up in Oregon, Hawaii, West Virginia, and Virginia.  Attended Williams College and West Virginia University. Received a masters degree at Johns Hopkins University. Worked, initially, as a New Yorker fact checker before becoming a New Yorker cartoonist. When Ms. Richards married New Yorker cartoonist Marshall Hopkins they became the third married New Yorker cartoonist couple in the magazine’s history (Mary Petty & Alan Dunn were the first, Liza Donnelly & Michael Maslin were the second). Ms. Richards (Hopkins) is the first known black female New Yorker cartoonist.

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A listing of New Yorker cartoonists who contributed to newyorker.com this past week

The Daily Cartoon: Peter Kuper, Andy Dubbin, Jon Adams, Pat Achilles, Teresa Burns Parkhurst.

Daily Shouts:  Avi Steinberg( with Irving Raun & Mia Mercado), Jeremy Nguyen (with Taylor Garron).

…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook.

See the week’s cartoons and humor pieces here.

 

 

 

 

 

Interview Of Interest: Emma Hunsinger; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Conde Nast Employees Work Remotely

Interview Of Interest: Emma Hunsinger

From Solrad, (undated, but posted 2020)  “Treating Myself to Gatorade and Gum: An Interview with Emma Hunsinger”

Ms. Hunsinger began contributing to The New Yorker in

November of 2017. Visit her website here.

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Peter Kuper on keeping one’s distance. Mr. Kuper began contributing to The New Yorker in 2011.  Visit his website here.

 

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Conde Nast Employees Work Remotely

From The New York Post, March 11, 2020, “NYC Publishers Tell Employees To Work From Home”

 

 

 

The Weekend Spill: Chast & Marx In Connecticut; The Tilley Watch Online for the Week of February 24th-28th, 2020

Chast & Marx In Connecticut

Roz Chast & Patricia Marx will be at the Ridgefield Public Library on March 13th, promoting their most recent book,You Can Only Yell At Me For One Thing At A Time.

It’s probably safe to assume there’ll be some ukulele playing at this ticketed event (five bucks).

Ms. Chast began contributing to The New Yorker in 1978. Visit her website here.

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

The Daily Cartoon: Drew Dernavich, Jon Adams, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Brendan Loper, Avi Steinberg, Peter Kuper.

 

Daily Shouts: Olivia de Recat, Liana Finck .

…and: Barry Blitt’s weekly Kvetchbook

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