The Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of July 1, 2019

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.

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.

 

    

 

 

Gahan Wilson GoFundMe Campaign; The Tilley Watch, The New Yorker March 11, 2019; Today’s New Yorker Daily Cartoonist: Jason Adam Katzenstein

As mentioned here yesterday there is a GoFundMe campaign to help the one-and-only Gahan Wilson, who is suffering from severe dementia.  Go here to read much more and to help.

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The Tilley Watch: The New Yorker, March 11, 2019

In this week’s issue…

The Cover: There’s nothing quite like dogs romping in snow, as they are on Gayle Kabaker’s cover. Visit her website here.

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

1.  Liz Montague makes her debut in the issue. Ms. Montague is the fourth cartoonist to debut this year, and the twenty-eighth new cartoonist brought in since Emma Allen became the magazine’s cartoon editor in May of 2017.

2. There are two — count ’em, two — desert island drawings in this issue.  One by Tom Chitty, and the other by Pia Guerra (it appears on the Caption Contest page).

3. Applause Applause: Lars Kenseth’s couple in previews (p.53) and Farley Katz’s undersized load (p.67).

The Talk Of The Town Masthead:

Rea Irvin’s iconic Talk masthead is still a-missin’ — read about it here.

Until it returns, if it ever does (perish the thought!), here’s what it looks like:

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Today’s Daily Cartoon

Today’s Daily cartoon, weather-related, is by JAK.  Mr. Katzenstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.