A Holiday Cartoon Book Roundup

With the holidays approaching, this seems a good time to mention some of The New Yorker cartoon-related books that have appeared on Ink Spill this year.




Cartoon Monarch: Otto Soglow & The Little King (IDW Publishing) Introduction by Ivan Brunetti, Foreward by Jared Gardner

From the Ink Spill review in March of this year: What’s not to like about this handsome volume? If I had my way every cartoonist of note would celebrated thusly: beautifully reproduced work (both black & white and color), with a thorough and informed foreward.




The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker by Janet Groth (Algonquin Books)

Comings and goings on at The New Yorker in the latter part of William Shawn’s reign as editor, with mentions of cartoonists and famous contributors such as Charles Addams, J.D. Salinger, Joe Mitchell and Woody Allen.




The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs (Random House)

This is a beautiful book, chock full of art  (covers & cartoons) as well as hefty contributions by many of the magazine’s writers.  A bonus: the book is Thurber heavy — and that’s never a bad thing.





I Really Should Be Drawing: The Blook by Mick Stevens (an e-book)

From one of the funniest cartoonists in modern times, this e-book, available through Lulu.com



The Resistance: A Thriller  by Peter Steiner (Minotaur Books)

Steiner’s fourth book in the Louis Morgon series.

  “Brilliant, evocative, elegiac, and suffused with sadness. . . . The Resistance is a powerful and beautiful reminder of Faulkner’s dictum that the only thing truly worth writing about is ‘the human heart in conflict with itself’.” –Booklist, starred review.




After the Fall: A Novel by Victoria Roberts (W.W. Norton & Co.)

From the ever-wonderful Victoria Roberts, this illustrated novel.

 After the Fall is one of a kind. With her distinctive, intelligent drawings and tongue-in-cheek humor, legendary cartoonist Victoria Roberts has crafted a delightfully quirky coming-of-age fantasy for adults. I couldn’t put it down.” (Patricia Bosworth, Vanity Fair Contributing Editor and author of Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman )




Steinberg: A Biography by Deirdre Bair (Doubleday/Nan A. Talese)

An excerpt from the Publishers Weekly review:

“The pre-eminent New Yorker cartoonist leads a life worthy of his own ironic art in this scintillating biography … Steinberg emerges as a tangle of neurotic contradictions … Bair’s long and amply researched biography unfolds in a graceful prose that’s stocked with absurdist scenes and colorful characters…”



No Man Is a Desert Island by Felipe Galindo Feggo (Jorge Pinto Books) A classic collection of cartoons by the multi-talented artist and cartoonist. 



Marco Goes to School by Roz Chast (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) 

An excerpt from The New York Times review:

“It’s never too early to expose your child to the joys of Chast’s wobbly-inked humor, and winning converts will be easy with this latest tale (after “Too Busy Marco”) about the dimwitted parrot…”





Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers you Were Never Meant to See by Francoise Mouly (Abrams)

The New Yorker’s Art editor gives us a behind-the-scenes look at art that didn’t make the cut.




Last but not least, The New Yorker’s Cartoons of the Year 2012 — a bookazine. Hundreds of cartoons culled from the past year.  With an Introduction by the magazine’s Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff.



New Yorker Cartoons of the Year 2012 & Index


Out now is The New Yorker’s  Cartoons of the Year 2012.  This issue, or bookazine as it’s called in the Introduction, is 144 pages, with over 250 cartoons. It will remain on sale until February 18, 2013. This is the third year the bookazine has appeared.  Previous to 2010, The New Yorker produced  the Cartoon Yearbook ( a hardcover collection) in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Featured this year are three spreads, “One More Trip Around the Sun” by Roz Chast, “Bad Dog” by Peter Steiner, and “Gay Marriage” by William Haefeli.  Other special sections include “The Best of The Caption Contest” and “I Don’t Get It” as well as “The Funnies” — Bob Mankoff provides the Introducton.

As it did for Cartoons of the Year 2011, Ink Spill is providing a complete Index of Cartoonists  for this new edition. Completists might want to print it out and tape it inside the back cover.

Note: An asterisk appearing next to a cartoonist’s name indicates that the cartoonist has a drawing appearing in the “Best of the Caption Contest”  section (and…forgive the spaces between several of the names. Example: between Flake and Friedman .  Sometimes my wordpress  has a mind of its own)


Index of Cartoonists

Barsotti, Charles 17, 31, 42, 139

Bliss, Harry  132, 139, 144, Cover

Borchardt, David  107, *

Chast, Roz  31, 35, 59, 61, Spread “One More Trip Around the Sun” 66-67, 86, 89, 95, 117, 138, 142

Cheney, Tom  6, 42, 44, 54, 109, 113, 116, 127

Cotham, Frank  96, 99, 104, 106, 110, 114, 125, *

Crawford, Michael  28, 41, 49, 89, 120, *

Cullum, Leo  13, 14, 15

Dator, Joe  7, 8, 14, 38, 47, 61, 134

Dernavich, Drew  90, 94, 96, 114, 134

Diffee, Matthew  12, 36, 50, 54, 64, 106, 130, 135

Donnelly, Liza  49

Downes, Nick  91

Duffy, Joe  47, 90, 134

Eckstein, Bob  9

Flake, Emily 34, 46, 91, 100, 104, 112, 116, 118, 124, 140

Friedman, Andy  98

Gerberg, Mort  21

Gregory, Alex  58

Gross, Sam  20, 38, 87, 93, 121

Haefeli, William  9, 10, 30, 46, Spread “Gay Marriage” 74 – 79

Hafeez, Kaamran  37

Hamilton, William  60

Hoey, Trevor  52

Johnson, Carolita  19, 137

Kanin, Zachary  15,  26, 45, 51, 53, 88, 103, 113, 129

Kaplan, Bruce Eric  18, 25, 33, 45, 57

Karasik, Paul  11

Katz, Farley  58, 85, 92, 133

Klossner, John  33, 85

Koren, Edward  18, 40, 65, 131

Krimstein, Ken  18

Leighton, Robert  10, 13, 59, 101, 107, 136

Lorenz, Lee  54, 105, 125

Mankoff, Robert  53

Marchetto, Marisa Acocella 119

Maslin, Michael  22, 48, 106, 123, 136

Noth, Paul  13, 17, 28, 29, 37, 51, 52, 55, 92, 94, 128, 137, *

O’Brien, John   23, 27, 84, 87, 141

Pandolph, Corey  142

Patterson, Jason  93

Roberts, Victoria  16, 63, 102

Schwartz, Ben  24, 111, 138

Shanahan, Danny  22, 39, 90, 99, 102, *

Sipress, David  108, 115, 123, 126, 134

Smaller, Barbara  41, 101, 118, 122

Sneider, Karen  46

Steiner, Peter   Spread “Bad Dog” 70 – 73

Stevens, Mick  34, 103, 110, 114, 126, 132, 140, *

Toro, Tom  7, 43,  57, 100, 133

Twohy, Mike  25, 38, 115, 117

Vey, P.C.  8, 28, 45, 122, 126

Walsh, Liam  20,  32, 56, 100

Warp, Kim   62, 96, 111, 132

Weyant, Christopher   29, 32, 97(2), 106, 109, *

Wheeler, Shannon   26

Wilson, Gahan   53, 94, 99

 Ziegler, Jack   62, 65, 86, 98, 108, 115, 121, 123

Cartoon Auction includes work by Charles Addams, Geoge Booth, and William Steig

From the Kingston (NY) Daily Freeman, “Art auction in Rhinecliff Saturday”

this news of a benefit auction of cartoons, including work by New Yorker artists  Charles Addams, George Booth, William Steig, Frank Modell, James Stevenson, Peter Steiner, Lee Lorenz, Harry Bliss, Barbara Smaller, Charles Barsotti, Joe Dator, Gahan Wilson, Robert Mankoff, Liza Donnelly, P.C. Vey, Roz Chast, Danny Shanahan, Carolita Johnson, Edward Frascino, Michael Crawford, Zachary Kanin, Pat Byrnes, Mick Stevens, David Sipress, Raymond Davidson, Robert Weber, Jason Polan, Henry Martin, and more.
In addition to the auction, a signed Charles Addams print will be raffled.

Link here to the Morton Memorial Library



Review: Roberts’ After the Fall; Film: Every Tuesday screened at Boston Jewish Film Festival; Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival



From Comic Book Bin, November 8, 2012, “After the Fall: An Illustrated Novel book review” —  a thumbs up for Victoria Roberts new book.




From The Jewish Daily Forward, November 8, 2012, “Lunching with New Yorker Cartoonists” — this review of the well-traveled short film by Rachel Loube. (Above: some of the cartoonists featured: clockwise, Sid Harris, Drew DernavichZach Kanin and Emily Flake)



From Comics and Graphics Fest, the who, what, where, and when about the upcoming event in Brooklyn. Among the participants: Chris Ware, Roz Chast, Adrian Tomine, and Charles Burns (Above: Chris Ware’s poster for the event)