Personal History: “It’s For You”; Article Of Interest: Pia Guerra; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Personal History: “It’s For You”

According to a quick run through of The New Yorker‘s archives, there have been at least ten cartoons published in its history with this exact caption: “It’s for you.”  The earliest belongs to Richard Taylor (it appeared in the issue of March 8, 1941). Charles Barsotti had one in the issue of May 18, 1987, Donald Reilly in September 10, 1990, Mick Stevens in June 13, 2011, and Danny Shanahan in the issue of June 11th, 2001 (below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For whatever reason, the other five of the ten are my responsibility. The first, shown at the top of this post appeared in The New Yorker issue of October 10, 1983. The next four: July 12, 2010 (clown and pie), December 3, 2012 (clown and banana peel), and August 4, 2008 (fish and hook). The most recent was in the issue of June 24, 2019 (peacocks).

  As you’ll see below,  clowns appear twice, but otherwise the drawings have nothing much in common except the caption and the cartoonist.

 

 

 

 

One might think (and I’ve wondered it myself) if I’ve returned over the years to this caption because it’s been good to me. The answer is: mostly no. Obviously, I have returned to it, but not on purpose. All five of these ideas came to me, as ideas always do, unexpectedly, in a great rush, and outta the blue. Will there be a sixth “It’s for you.”  That’s for me not to know at the moment, and for me to find out.

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Article Of Interest: Pia Guerra

From Michael Cavna in The Washington Post, August 23, 2019, “How Pia Guerra became one of the Trump era’s most moving political cartoonists”

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

David Sipress on Trump. Mr. Sipress has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1998. See some of his work here on The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank site.

The Monday Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of August 19, 2019; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Sara Lautman’s Daily Shouts

The Cover: Kara Walker’s early release Toni Morrison cover was mentioned here previously.

The Cartoonists & Cartoons:

Good to see Tom Bachtell‘s fab “Spots” work this week…As you can see, there’s another duo effort from Pia Guerra and her husband, Ian Boothby…No Newbie (or Newbies) this week…Cartoon placement (sizing) in this issue: a few look just right (Bruce Kaplan‘s fun beach drawing for instance) and Danny Shanahan‘s uncovered flooring); Liana Finck‘s perhaps needed to be run larger so we could easily make out the lettering on the caps her folks are wearing (this may be an online issue — won’t know til the print copy is in hand); a few drawings would’ve benefited, graphically, by being run smaller. Fewer than average number of cartoons in this issue (just eleven) but we are after all in the waning weeks of summer.

The Spill’s (Please) Bring Back Rea Irvin’s Classic Talk Masthead Campaign: Mr. Irvin’s beautiful iconic masthead (below), sadly disappeared in May of 2017 and was amazingly (amazing to me anyway) replaced by a redrawn(!) version. Read about it here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Fish in a tube, by J.A.K. who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.

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Today’s Daily Shouts

“Mysterious Summer Abrasions: An Investigation” by Sara Lautman, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.

The Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of July 1, 2019; Talk Of Interest: Dana Fradon; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: David Sipress

The Cover: Summertime is very much here. I confess to being puzzled by the columns on this new cover but figured all would be revealed if I went to the now-standard Q&A with the cover artist (and all was). I guess I need to spend more time in Brooklyn. 

The Cartoonists

Last week I mentioned a collaborative cartoon effort; this week there are two sets: Pia Guerra & Ian Boothby, and, Seth Roberts & Brian Hawes. 3/4ths of the collaborators are making their cartoon-connected print debut (everyone but Pia Guerra, who has been contributing since 2017).  If we accept that each team contains at least one artist (i.e. someone had to draw the cartoon), then there is at least one new name to add to the newbie list. The addition of one new cartoonist from the group brings us to the 17th new cartoonist of the year (I’ll sort out who is who eventually).

But wait! Emily Bernstein is also making her debut in the print magazine, so just-like-that we’re now up to 18 new cartoonists added this year.  18 newbies this year, and 44 newbies in all under Emma Allen’s watch as cartoon editor (she began in May of 2017).

The Cartoons

 There are two kinds of cartoons that have always fascinated me. One is the drawing I linger over because I’m not at all enjoying that moment from the cartoonist’s world. The other kind is the drawing I linger over because I’m thoroughly enjoying that moment from the cartoonist’s world,  wanting to hang out with it, explore it, and learn from it. The best cartoons are shorthand graphic short stories. P.C. Vey‘s death on the beach drawing (p.18) is solidly the latter kind — a wonderful addition to the magazine’s archive of beach cartoons. It’s a drawing where everything works.

Also working is Liana Finck‘s one-two punch take on the devil and angel on one’s shoulders scenario (p. 24). I found myself studying the framework around the character — an unusual blending of box and body.

The Felipe Galindo drawing on page 70 is a fun twist on the lion tamer scenario crossed with the small but growing canon of cat scratch cartoons (a personal cat scratch favorite is this Mike Twohy classic from June 5, 1995). 

The Caption Contest Cartoonist: Liza Donnelly

Rea Irvin’s Talk Masthead

Still in storage: Mr. Irvin’s iconic Talk masthead design, replaced in Spring of 2017 by a redraw(!). Below is Mr. Irvin’s drawing for those who don’t know what they’re missing, and for those who do know what they’re missing.

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Talk Of Interest: Dana Fradon

A New Yorker Cartoonist Mt. Rushmore:  From left to right: Charles Saxon, Former New Yorker Art Editor, James Geraghty, Dana Fradon, and Whitney Darrow, Jr.. Westport, Connecticut, 1982. Courtesy of Mr. Geraghty’s daughter, Sarah Geraghty Herndon).

Mr. Fradon, the subject of a lengthy Spill piece in 2013, will speak this Fall at Western Connecticut State University.  Here’s a chance to see one of the cartoon gods of The New Yorker‘s golden era.  Everything you need to know about the event here.

Mr. Fradon’s entry on the A-Z:

 

Dana Fradon Born, Chicago, Illinois, 1922. Studied at the Art Institute of Chicago prior to service in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. Following his service, he attended the Art Students League of New York, New Yorker work: May 1, 1948 – . Collection: Insincerely Yours (Scribners, 1978).

 — My thanks to Warren Bernard for bringing Mr. Fradon’s event to the Spill’s attention.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

A Trump cartoon by David Sipress, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1998.

The Tilley Watch, Monday, April 29, 2019; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Adam Douglas Thompson

The Cover: This week’s issue sports a wonderful dog-in-the-park cover by John Cuneo. We’re told in a Q & A that it’s his tenth cover for the magazine.  Very nice to see an early version of the cover in the online “Cover Story.” More of Mr. Cuneo’s work can be found on his website. 

The Cartoonists:

The Illustrations: Four-and-a-third full pages this week among the twenty-two illustrations (including photographs, but not including the Talk drawings).

Cartoons: Twelve cartoonists/twelve cartoons. 

This week’s new cartoonist: Evan Lian.  Mr. Lian has previously had a Daily Cartoon.  He is the tenth new cartoonist of the year and the thirty-sixth new cartoonist brought in under Emma Allen’s editorship.

Duo Effort: A fun cartoon from Pia Guerra and Ian Boothby.

Rea Irvin’s Talk Masthead:  It’s still a-missin’...read about it here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

Spring selfie flowers by Adam Douglas Thompson (whose first print cartoon was in the issue of April 8, 2019).

 

 

 

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of April 8, 2019; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Kendra Allenby

 

The Cover:   A circus acrobat practicing on a high bar (this is “The Health Issue”).  Read what the cover artist, Kenton Nelson, has to say about it here.

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

Seventeen cartoonists (the duo effort counted as one cartoonist unit), with one, Adam Douglas Thompson, making his New Yorker print debut. Mr. Thompson is the 6th new cartoonist of the year, and the 30th brought in under Emma Allen’s cartoon editorship, kicked-off in May of 2017.

The duo of Adam Cooper and Mat Barton first appeared in the magazine in 2014.

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I won’t ID it, but there’s one cartoon in the issue that, for me, is a real head scratcher: i.e., I don’t “get” it.   Will call a friend later for help.

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 The Spill applause icon is standing by for a few of the drawings in the issue:

Pia Guerra’s fab Charles Addamsesque drawing on page 79. Seeing it this morning drove me back to looking through a number of Addams’ collections (see below).  If there have ever been geniuses in our stable, he’s one.

Two pages later, Zach Kanin also delivers an Addamsesque drawing. A wonderful cartoon. 

Applause and an observation regarding Brendan Loper’s laundry drawing on page 70:  both the drawing and the reader’s appreciation of the drawing would benefit from a drawing as cinematic as this appearing larger on the page. It’s given a decent space, but why not even more? (illustrations continue to have more exposure. There are 6 full (or nearly full) page illustrations in the issue). 

Here, by the way, are the Addams collections I looked through this morning:

 

Finally, as always, here’s Rea Irvin’s mothballed classic Talk masthead (you can read about it here):

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

 See Kendra Allenby’s take here on the unSpringlike weather.  Ms. Allenby began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.  Visit her website here.