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:

 

 

 

Video Of Interest: Two Cartoonists Draw, Among Other Things, Whales & A Vole; Fave Photo Of The Day: Roz Chast On NYC Subway; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Two Cartoonists Draw, Among Other Things, Whales & A Vole

Courtesy of The Society Of Illustrators this nearly hour long video of Liza Donnelly in her studio.  Half way through I stopped by to draw with her on a big sheet of paper.

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Fave Photo Of The Day: Roz Chast On NYC Subway

Ms. Chast, back in NYC, has posted this selfie on Instagram.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Tim Hamilton on the upcoming Trump rally.

Mr. Hamilton began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.

Thurber Thursday: A Thurber House Reading; Fave Photo of The Day: More Zoomin’ Cartoonists; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist…and Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Purchase Peter Kuper’s “Little Donald’s Sneeze” Print For A Worthy Cause

Thurber Thursday: A Thurber House Reading

On June 10th, Michael Rosen, who has a long association with  The Thurber House and has edited many a modern Thurber book (including the one pictured here and the fabulous A Mile And A Half Of Lines: The Art of James Thurber) will be appearing, online, in an event described this way on the Thurber House site:

Michael and special guest readers will read from Collected Fables, an anthology of James Thurber’s beloved fables that includes a foreword by Keith Olbermann and ten previously uncollected or unpublished stories. Featuring Thurber’s original illustrations, Collected Fables is a must-have for Thurber lovers, scholars, and readers of all ages.

All the info here.

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Fave Photo Of The Day: More Zoomin’ Cartoonists

From Wednesday night’s Zoomed Society of Illustrators event, “The Funny Ladies At The New Yorker”: top left, then clockwise: Roz Chast, Liza Donnelly, and Liana Finck. The hour long online conversation can be seen here on Youtube.

Roz Chast began contributing to The New Yorker in 1978, Liza Donnelly in 1982; Liana Finck in 2013

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist…Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Yesterday’s

Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Teresa Burns Parkhurst: “The New Army Men”

Ms. Parkhurst began contributing to The New Yorker in October of 2017. See more of her New Yorker work here.

 

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon: Ben Schwartz on the future, or not. Dr. Schwartz began contributing in 2011.

Yesterday’s Daily Cartoonist was Drew Dernavich, who began contributing to the magazine in 2002.

 

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Purchase Peter Kuper’s Little Donald’s Sneeze Print For A Worthy Cause

You’ll probably recall seeing Peter Kuper’s Little Donald’s Sneeze in the April 27th issue of The  New Yorker. Now there’s a print available.  All profits go to a worthy cause.

Here’s the press release:

Peter Kuper has joined forces with Sunday Press to do a fund raiser. You get a beautifully printed 11×17″ poster of his “Little Donald’s Sneeze” comic that appeared in The New Yorker. 100% of ALL profits will be donated to FEEDING AMERICA. Just click the link below to order and please pass along to anyone else you think might be interested. Of course you can also skip the poster and just give directly to them through the link above.

Poster link: https://sundaypressbooks.com/LittleDonald.php

Here’s Peter Kuper’s entry on The Spill‘s A-Z:

Peter Kuper  (above) Born, 1958, Summit, New Jersey. New Yorker work: June 6, 2011 – . Website: peterkuper.com  For more biographical information, visit his Wikipedia page.

 

 

The Wednesday Watch: Tonight’s The Night! Roz Chast, Liza Donnelly, And Liana Finck Society Of Illustrators Online Event; A Cultural History Of The Addams Family From The Smithsonian

A reminder that The Society of Illustrators’  “Funny Ladies Of The New Yorker” an online event featuring a conversation with Roz Chast, Liza Donnelly, and Liana Finck is tonight at 6:30.

This note was posted on the SOI’s event page:

Registration is now at capacity! For those who are unable to participate in the live feed on Zoom, the Society will be streaming on our Youtube channel. Please be patient with us as we navigate this new way of presenting lectures. An archive of the panel will also be available following the discussion. 
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A Cultural History Of The Addams Family From The Smithsonian
Here’s a fun piece: “The Cultural History of The Addams Family”…this may have been mentioned here when it first appeared on The Smithsonian’s site in the Fall of 2019, but seeing it posted this morning on the Facebook group Vintage Panel And Gag Cartoons inspired a repeat mention.
Here’s Charles Addams’ entry on the Spill’s A-Z:

Charles Addams (Born in Westfield, New Jersey, January  7, 1912. Died September 29, 1988, New York City. New Yorker work: 1932 – 1988 * the New Yorker has published his work posthumously. One of the giants of The New Yorker’s  stable of artists.  Key cartoon collections: While all of Addams’ collections are worthwhile, here are three that are particular favorites; Homebodies (Simon & Schuster, 1954), The Groaning Board (Simon & Schuster, 1964), Creature Comforts (Simon & Schuster, 1981). In 1991 Knopf published The World of Chas Addams, a retrospective collection. A biography, Charles Addams: A Cartoonist’s Life, by Linda Davis, was published in 2006 by Random House. Visit the Addams Foundation website for far more information : http://www.charlesaddams.com/

Alan Dunn’s New Yorker Honor Roll; The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of June 1, 2020

Above: The New Yorker War Cartoons  1945 Special Edition For The Armed Forces.  For more on The New Yorker‘s special war editions go here.

The  above War Cartoons cover by Alan Dunn originally appeared on The New Yorker issue of August 11, 1945. Nearly a year later Mr. Dunn revisited the Honor Roll with this cover of July 27, 1946:

Mr. Dunn’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Alan Dunn (self portrait above from Meet the Artist) Born in Belmar, New Jersey, August 11, 1900, died in New York City, 1975. NYer work: 1926 – 1974 Key collections: Rejections (Knopf, 1931), Who’s Paying For This Cab? (Simon & Schuster, 1945), A Portfolio of Social Cartoons ( Simon & Schuster, 1968). One of the most published New Yorker cartoonists (1,906 cartoons) , Mr. Dunn was married to Mary Petty — together they lived and worked at 12 East 88th Street, where, according to the NYTs, Alan worked “seated in a small chair at a card table, drawing in charcoal and grease pencil.”

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The Cover:

And on into June with another cover (we are told) reflecting this strange time. You might not know this cover was presented to us as timely without knowing the title (“Lockdown Sampler”). Without the title, in a different time, we would likely see this cover, as William Steig once defined (pre-Tina Brown) New Yorker covers, as a “special moment — fleetingly observed.”

Read a short Q&A with Roz Chast here about her cover.

 

The Cartoonists:

Two duo efforts in this issue, with one duo, Sophie Lucido Johnson (and, I’m taking a guess here on this link:) Sammi Skolmoski new to the cartoonist stable. The Spill custom is to count a duo as one new entry on the A-Z, which means the Johnson/Skolmoski duo are the 9th newbies so far this year, and the 62nd newbies brought in under Emma Allen’s cartoon editorship (begun in May of 2017).

The Cartoons: a number jump out for me — five to be exact. Curiously (or not) they appear in a row, beginning with Emily Flake’s clowns about to pie throw (perhaps my favorite Flake drawing ever), followed by Lars Kenseth’s airport baggage moment, then Danny Shanahan’s fab accessorized dinosaurs, Joe Dator’s E.T. bicycle rental scenario, and finally Farley Katz’s Sunset Boulevard-ish” Instagram drawing.

See the slideshow of this week’s drawings here (if you scroll down a bit).

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch: Regular Spill visitors will recognize that every Monday Tilley Watch ends with the Irvin Talk Masthead Watch.  Mr. Irvin’s classic design is still missing (it went away in the Spring of 2017, replaced by a…gasp!…redraw…read about it here). Here’s Mr. Irvin’s mothballed classic design: