The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of July 20, 2020

 

Looking at the new issue I felt a bit like “Vacuum Man” from the Beatles animated film Yellow Submarine — you know, the creature who sucks up everything around it, including itself.  After what seemed like eternity during the double issue two week span, I was eager to in-take and take-in the cartoons.

Left: Vacuum Man is the guy pictured resting on the bookshelf (yes, I have a toy Vacuum Man — why not?).

The Cover: A serene cover from Richard McGuire.  I was thinking it works well now during this weird time we’re in, but it could also work anytime…so an evergreen. The horizontal pink ever so slightly recalls and reminds of the pink in the clouds on Rea Irvin’s classic first New Yorker cover, or maybe I’m just sensing things. Read Francoise Mouly’s Q&A with the artist here.

The Cartoonists:

A Henry Martin cartoon leads off the issue in recognition of Mr. Martin’s death the week before last. Read more about him here, here, and here.

Paperwork first: a newbie. Lucas Adams, is the eleventh new cartoonist added to the magazine’s stable this year and the sixty-fourth added since Emma Allen became cartoon editor in May of 2017.

A number of this week’s cartoons caught my attention. I’ll begin with Bruce Eric Kaplan’s one influencer drawing (found on page 32). I begin with it because it elicited, from me, a rare out loud laugh. This isn’t to say I don’t usually laugh at good cartoons, I do — but generally it’s a perfectly acceptable inside laugh. Anyway, good stuff from Mr. Kaplan, one of our modern greats. …Barbara Smaller’s caption (on her drawing, page 20) is right up there as well. It reminds me, in general, of great captions by the likes of Lee Lorenz, Robert Weber, and Frank Modell.  Love it… Lars Kenseth’s eruption drawing (page 38)  is a hoot or a howl, or a hahaha– (you know what I mean)… Victoria Robert’s wash that man right out of my hair drawing (page 42) is terrific… really enjoyed Liana Finck’s shining armor drawing, as well as Ed Steed’s attacking hot dogs. Such good stuff… Further applause for P.C. Vey’s people on a desert island (the way he’s drawn the people: hysterical)… and Jeremy Nguyen’s panda drawing: my favorite Nguyen drawing ever (so far).

Lastly, really enjoyed Paul Noth’s bedtime story drawing. If anyone ever does a New Yorker Book Of Mob Cartoons, this is a natural for inclusion.

Here’s the magazine’s slideshow of the issue’s cartoons (seeing them in the magazine is really the better way to go, but if you’re in a hurry, this’ll do).

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:

The above was replaced by a redraw(!) in 2017… Read about Rea Irvin’s classic Talk heading here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of July 6, 2020; A Spill Cartoonist List: Fun At First Sight

The Cover Artist: Kadir Nelson returns just two weeks after his stunning cover of June 22nd.

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

A double issue with eighteen cartoons by eighteen cartoonists (with two duo efforts: Bliss & Martin, Guerra & Boothby). There’s also a Sketchpad drawing from J.A.K., and a newbie in the midst: Patrick McKelvie. Mr. McKelvie is the tenth new cartoonist to join The New Yorker’s stable this year and the sixty-third brought in by cartoon editor Emma Allen since she was appointed in the Spring of 2017.

Here are some of the cartoons in this week’s issue that caught my eye: a classic  lighthouse light bulb drawing by great Sam Gross, and then perhaps my favorite Ellis Rosen drawing ever (so far!) — his cave people drawing (much like Mr. Gross’s lighthouse drawing) proves that there is plenty of humor to unearth in these favorite cartoon scenarios. Liana Finck’s tent basement is terrif, as is Amy Hwang’s great ice cream on the beach scene. Enjoyed Roz Chast’s six-squares (the way she uses language here reminds me of Bizarro Superman).  Lars Kenseth’s superhero is so much fun. Repeating myself here, but Mr. Kenseth’s drawings never fail to amuse me upon first sighting — I’m sold before I get to the caption.

Fun At First Sight:

Thinking of that kind of reaction has caused me to think about (and mention) some other New Yorker cartoonists whose styles alone have won me over at first glance. I’m going to list only those who’ve passed into the great beyond so as not to offend anyone still around who I might inadvertently forget to mention.

Each of the following had a “theirs alone” style unlike any other being published in the magazine. That’s a wonderful thing, and difficult to do in a crowded cartoonist universe; each brought something else to the drawing paper as well — sometimes easily defined (see Dean Vietor’s work, for example: I’ve mentioned his thrilling wild energetic drawings before on the Spill), and sometimes not.

So here, in alphabetical order are some (not all!) of those fun at first sight New Yorker artists …Addams, Arno (Peter & Ed), Charles Barsotti, Whitney Darrow, Chon Day, Alan Dunn, Dana Fradon, Helen Hokinson, Nurit Karlin, Anatol Kovarsky, Robert Kraus, Frank Modell, Mary Petty, Price (George & Garrett), Gardner Rea, Donald Reilly, Carl Rose, Al Ross, Charles Saxon, Bernie Schoenbaum, Barbara Shermund, Otto Soglow, Steig, Steinberg, James Stevenson, Richard Taylor, Thurber, Dean Vietor, Robert Weber, Gluyas Williams, Gahan Wilson, and Jack Ziegler.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:

Would love to report that Rea Irvin’s iconic design had returned (it’s been collecting dust since it was replaced by a redraw(!) in the Spring of 2017). But such is not the case. Bah, humbug.

Read about it here.

Here’s what we’re missing:

 

 

 

The Swann Cartoon Auction Is Back!; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

The Swann Illustration Auction, postponed because of you-know-what, is now on for July 16th. The catalog isn’t online as of this morning, but you can see what’s up for grabs, including original work by some of the masters: Helen Hokinson, Charles Addams, William Steig, Barbara Shermund, Frank Modell (whose Don’t Trust Anyone Over 10 drawing appears here), Edward Sorel, Lee Lorenz, Charles Martin (C.E.M), Gahan Wilson, George Booth (see below), Richard Taylor, and more.  Go here to see for yourself.

(Work by New Yorker artists begins in earnest in the lot #200 range, but there are New Yorker artist pieces sprinkled elsewhere. For instance, if you go to lot #121 you’ll find a non-New Yorker piece by the great Rea Irvin).

Left: original George Booth cover art (published April 19, 1993) Lot #213

 

— My thanks to Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery for passing along word of the auction.

 

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Farley Katz on going back out there.

Mr. Katz has been contributing to The New Yorker since

2007. Visit his website here.

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of June 29, 2020

The Cover: a beauty by Diana Ejaita. Her third for the magazine — read about her others here.

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

The Bruce Eric Kaplan drawing — it’s on page 39 — ever-so-vaguely reminded me of this National Lampoon “Vacation” scene (and that reminded me of the whole movie — not a bad way to begin the week).

Charlie Hankin’s funny quinoa drawing (p.50) made me briefly search my cartoonist memory bank for the correct pronunciation of “quinoa” — a word I’ve heard spoken a-plenty, but not one I’ve spoken (maybe ever). Tom Toro’s bats drawing (p.45) is also fun. I wonder how many bat drawings have been published in The New Yorker with a bat or bats central to the cartoon’s idea, not just background bats.

P.C. Vey’s drawing (p.46) caught my attention for two reasons: 1. it’s funny, and 2. it’s funny that the central character (the fish in the fishbowl) is so small. Finally, a nice surprise to see a magic carpet drawing (courtesy of Victoria Roberts), and see Joe Dator go big (on p. 26) with his museum piece.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch: go here to read up on the eighty-sixing of Mr. Irvin’s iconic design for The Talk Of The Town back in the Spring of 2017. Here’s what we’re missing…

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of June 22, 2020

The CoverHere’s the magazine’s feature exploring this exceptionally powerful cover by Kadir Nelson.

 

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

First, a little paperwork: sorry the screen grab above is fuzzy. I’ll attempt to fix before the day is done.

Thirteen cartoons this week, plus a full page Sketchbook by Barry Blitt. Two of the cartoons caught my eye this week. The first is by Ellis Rosen (it’s on page 78). It’s an idea that beautifully blends a past time situation oft seen in the magazine  — the writer in the coffee shop — with our present time. A rock-solid idea, well executed. And, not least, funny. And that also describes Maggie Larson’s ice cream truck and gelato truck drawing (p.84): it’s an evergreen cartoon — it will be understood and enjoyed for years to come.  Applause, applause!

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:

I’d love to report that the above Rea Irvin iconic design has returned as the magazine’s Talk heading, but nooooo. Read about its removal here.