From prweb.com, June 3, 2013, “Advertising Legend, Illustrator, Children’s Book Author, Cartoonist, Animator R.O. Blechman Has First Major Retrospective at 25th Annual SVA Masters Series”
Here’s a chance to see an incredible body of work by one of the greats (it’s somewhat amusing that the prweb headline (above in pink) is so lengthy for an artist whose forte is simplicity. But never mind).
There’re a number of R.O. Blechman New Yorker covers that would make it to an Ink Spill top ten list of all-time great New Yorker covers. One favorite — it adorned the issue of October 1, 1979 — appears above. His very first New Yorker cover appeared on the April 29, 1974 issue.
Link to Mr. Blechman’s website here
From Drawn & Quarterly, June 4, 2013, “D+Q in Chicago part 1: Printers Row Lit Fest”
with word of appearances by Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Ivan Brunetti, and others.
According to the release:
“The Masters Series: R.O Blechman” is the first major retrospective representing all three genres of the artist’s work: illustrations and editorial cartoons, animations and graphic novels. The exhibition is on view from October 2 through November 2 at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26 Street, New York City. Admission is free and open to the public.
Liza Donnelly’s World Ink, which was once part of the website, Dscriber, is now stand alone. Ink Spill asked Ms. Donnelly to talk for a moment about her site:
World Ink is a non-profit site that publishes political cartoons from around the world — countries such as Sweden, Switzerland, Nigeria, Algeria, France, Japan, China, and more. The mission of World Ink is to showcase cartoon artists in other countries as well as the U.S. and show what they think of world events, and what they think about events in their own countries. I started the site out of love for political cartoons from abroad and with a belief that cartoon art can bring some understanding and foster dialogue about world events.
In a related story, here’s Donnelly’s latest Forbes column “Women’s Rights in Global Cartoons” (with a slideshow of cartoons)
From The Comics Journal, May 22, 2013, “Norman Rockwell and R.O. Blechman” — Mr. Blechman’s remarks at the opening of his retrospective, The Inquiring Line, currently at the Rockwell Museum.
(to the left: R.O.Blechman’s “Eustacia Tilley” cover for The New Yorker’s 1996 anniversary cover. In an unusual move, the anniversary issue was themed (“The Women’s Issue”) and Eustace Tilley was given the year off.
and even more…
Chris Weyant, who’s drawn the past 63 Daily Cartoons for The New Yorker has announced on Facebook that he’s rolled his chair back from the Daily Cartoonist desk. Long-time New Yorker cartoonist (his first drawing appeared in the magazine, July 21, 1980), Mike Twohy will be rolling his chair in.
From the Rogovoy Report, May 8, 2013, “New Yorker Cartoonist Gets Exhibit at Rockwell Museum” – an R.O. Blechman exhibition opens this Saturday, May 11, 2013.
From dailyvoice.com (Wilton, Connecticut), May 8, 2013, “New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast to Speak at Greenwich Library” — (Ms. Chast’s work will also be exhibited).
From The Comics Journal, May 26, 2011, Jeet Heer interviews R. O. Blechman