George Booth’s New Yorker Golden Anniversary!

Let us raise our cartoon glasses and toast to the great New Yorker artist, George Booth. His very first New Yorker drawing appeared in the issue dated this day in 1969. His most recent drawing appeared in the magazine’s issue of June 10, 2019. My math tells me that he has now been contributing to The New Yorker for half a century.

I’ve always felt that Mr. Booth’s arrival at The New Yorker  was part of a transitional moment for the magazine’s art, helping it move from its mid-1950s Eisenhower-ish slumber to the excitement right around the bend in the late 1960s and 1970s. In the decade Mr. Booth’s work appeared, The New Yorker had lost two of its giants: James Thurber in 1961, and Peter Arno in 1968. Tremendous losses, but also a decade of tremendous gain for the magazine when the art editor, James Geraghty brought in a number of artists who would also become giants in their field: Edward Koren in 1964, Charles Barsotti, Sam Gross, and George Booth in 1969.  How fortunate we are that three of these artists continue showering us with their work right up to today (Charles Barsotti passed away five years ago this week).

By the time I was making a serious effort to get into The New Yorker in the mid 1970s (my work rejected a mountain of times by Mr. Geraghty), Booth, Koren, Barsotti and Gross had already been added to the New Yorker’s  Mt. Rushmore of cartoonists; their work impossibly inspiring. I felt (and still feel) about Booth’s drawings as I felt about work by Thurber and Hokinson and Steig and Saxon, and Peter Arno and Steinberg (and many more): it cannot get any better than this

(above: A Booth New Yorker cartoon from the issue of March 25, 1991)

As with so many, if not all of the New Yorker great artists, there is an education for aspiring cartoonists, and published cartoonists as well, in every single one of their drawings. Even this morning looking through Booth’s work, I find my electrical cartoon current even buzzier than usual. There’s beauty and excitement in Booth’s art, and of course, there’s that signature Boothian barrel of fun.

For those wanting more of his work, Omnibooth is a great place to dive in.  Find Lee Lorenz’s The Essential George Booth (Workman Publishing Company, 1998) and you’ll be treated to a mini-bio of Booth as well as samples of pre-New Yorker work. There is also his classic 1975 collection, Think Good Thoughts About A Pussycat (Dodd, Mead & Co.).

And very luckily for us all, Nathan Fitch’s documentary film on Booth, Drawing Life  is well on its way.

I  leave you with a small sample of Mr. Booth’s cover work, and with hearty applause for George Booth — a fine person, and an exceptional artist.

 

Note: Here’s what Fred Taraba of Taraba Illustration Art had to say about the Skittish Dog drawing shown at the head of this post: Not published, rather a version of one of Booth’s most recognized cartoons. The published version appeared in The New Yorker on August 15th, 1977. A third version appears in the book, Omnibooth: The Best of George Booth.

 

 

The Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of May 20, 2019; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Joe Dator

The Cover: It’s the Innovators Issue, hence the use of some headings floating in yellow-orangey color fields, like so:

 

  Let’s hope these color fields aren’t permanent innovations.

On the cover: robots by Tom Gauld.  Read what he has to say about his work here. The cover reminded me ever-so-slightly of Peter Arno’s meeting-of-the-dogs cover from the ancient times. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:  Another week with a cartoonist making their print debut (11 out of 19 issues thus far in 2019).  Kasia Babis is the 11th new cartoonist brought into the magazine’s stable this year, and the 37th cartoonist brought in by Emma Allen since she took the cartoon editor reins in May of 2017.

If the Spill handed out blue ribbons like the now dormant Cartoon Companion once did, I’d pin one on Sam Gross’s snail mail cartoon in the issue (p.30).

Rea Irvin:  A fun innovation this issue would’ve been bringing back something in the magazine that never should’ve gone away: Rea Irvin’s classic Talk masthead. But not this week. Anyway, it appears below in its usual Monday Spill spot.  Read about it here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

Joe Dator on  fiction and/or/or not fiction.  Visit his website here.

Mr. Dator began contributing to The New Yorker in 2006. 

Note: Mr. Dator, along with several other New Yorker cartoonists (Lars Kenseth and Mort Gerberg among them) will be appearing at this week’s National Cartoonists Society Fest in California. The Daily Cartoonist has all the info here.

 

 

Early Release: Next Week’s New Yorker Cover; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Danny Shanahan; Daily Shouts: Becky Barnicoat; More Fave Photos With Roz Chast, Patty Marx, Emily Flake, Sam Gross, Drew Friedman; More Harry Bliss/Steve Martin

Early Release of Next Week’s New Yorker Cover: Bob Staake’s “Our Lady”

The cover artist  Bob Staake has posted his cover for next week’s issue. 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Danny Shanahan

A Peeps of the jungle by Mr. Shanahan, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1988. See his work here on The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank site.

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A Daily Shouts by Becky Barnicoat

Somehow missed Becky Barnicoat’s Daily Shouts piece yesterday….see it here. Ms. Barnicoat’s first New Yorker cartoon appears in this week’s issue. ________________

More Fave Photos

Book Event at Shakespeare & Co.

Above: Roz Chast and co-author, Patty Marx at Tuesday night’s event at Shakespeare & Co.

(Photo courtesy of Marcie Jacobs-Cole). 

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American Bystander Panel at New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium

Above: From last night’s New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium with panelists (l-r), Sam Gross, Steve Young, Drew Friedman, Emily Flake, and Steve Kroninger. The fellow behind the podium is The American Bystander‘s   guiding light, Michael Gerber.

(photos courtesy of Stephen Nadler (Attempted Bloggery)

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More Bliss/Martin: From Vermont’s Seven Days, April 17, 2019, “Cartoonist Harry Bliss Collaborates with Comedian Steve Martin.”

Roz Chast to speak in Dallas April 26th.

 

 

TedxYale Talk Of Interest: Amy Hwang; NY Comics And Picture-Story Symposium Of Interest: American Bystander; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Lila Ash; Today’s Daily Shouts…By Sophia Warren

Amy Hwang To Speak At TedxYale Tomorrow

Amy Hwang, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2010, will speak at TedxYale tomorrow.  All the info here (scroll down for Ms. Hwang’s info).

Link here to Ms. Hwang’s website.

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American Bystander Panel at The New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium

The American Bystander‘s Publisher, Michael Gerber tells the Spill that his panel will include, among others, the following artists:  Drew Friedman, Sam Gross, Emily Flake, and Stephen Kroninger.

All the info here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/ Cartoon

A Coachella-centric drawing by Lila Ash. Ms. Ash began contributing to The New Yorker in December of 2018. Visit her website here.

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Today’s Daily Shouts

Love & art supplies via Sophia Warren.  Ms. Warren began contributing to The New Yorker in November of 2017. Visit her website here

Out Today: Ultimate Cartoon Book Of Book Cartoons; Interview Of Interest: Ed Steed; Podcast Of Interest: Mark Alan Stamaty Talks With Gil Roth; Flake’s Daily Shouts Piece; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Brendan Loper

It’s always a good day when a cartoon anthology is published. Today’s one of those days. The Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons, edited By Bob Eckstein and published by Princeton Architectural Press, is officially out today. Cover art by the great Sam Gross and cartoons by some of the New Yorker‘s greatest artists, including George Booth, Edward Koren and Jack Ziegler.  Here’s a brief interview with Mr. Eckstein about the collection.

                                           Below: the back cover, listing the contributors.

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Interview Of Interest: Ed Steed

  Richard Gehr, who gave us I Only Read It For The Cartoons (New Harvest, 2014) interviews Ed Steed (one of the contributors to the Ultimate Cartoon Book mentioned above). Mr. Steed began contributing to The New Yorker in 2013.  See some of his work here.

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Podcast Of Interest: Mark Alan Stamaty Talks With Gil Roth

From Gil Roth’s Virtual Memories Podcast, this conversation mostly centered around the 40th anniversary reissue of Mr. Stamaty’s MacDoodle Street, but there is a fleeting mention about his New Yorker work. Listen here.

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Today’s Daily Shouts

Beginning today, The Spill will note Daily Shouts pieces when the contributor is a New Yorker cartoonist.  First up: Emily Flake’s The Real Florida Man, posted early this morning.

Ms. Flake has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2008.  Link here to her website.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

Today’s Daily: keeping secrets, Washington, D.C. style, courtesy of Brendan Loper. Mr. Loper has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016. You can see more of his work here.