Fave Photo Of The Day: George Booth, Mort Gerberg, And Sam Gross; A Chitty Shouts; Article Of Interest: Working At Mad Past Its Heyday; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Two Collaborative Daily Shouts

Fave Photo Of The Day

Via Sarah Booth’s Instagram account, three long-time New Yorker cartoonists in front of a tattoo parlor,  July 2019.

Left to right: George Booth, Mort Gerberg, and Sam Gross.  Mr. Booth and Mr. Gross began contributing to The New Yorker in 1969, and Mr. Gerberg in 1965.

And…another group photo appears on the drawinglifemovie Instagram account (it’s attached to the George Booth Drawing Life documentary film in progress) .

— My thanks to Attempted Bloggery‘s Stephen Nadler for bringing the photos to my attention.

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A Chitty Shouts

Yesterday’s Daily Shouts from Tom Chitty: “Some Questions You May Be Asked When Applying For Ginger Citizenship”

— Mr. Chitty began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.  Visit his website here.

 

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Working At MAD Past Its Heyday

From The Comics Journal, July 17, 2019, this excellent piece by Ryan Flanders, “An Unusual Gang Of Idiots: The Joy Of Working At MAD Past Its Heyday”

 

 

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Today’s Daily, courtesy of Ellis Rosen: Technology Meets Wilde.

Mr. Rosen began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.  Visit his website here.

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Two Collaborative Daily Shouts

Olivia de Recat (contributing to The New Yorker since 2017) teamed up with Sarah Vollman for “Gifts To Commemorate Lesser-Know Milestones”

Visit Olivia de Recat’s website here. 

And also today, this duo Daily Shouts by Colin Stokes and Ellis Rosen, “Facial Expressions For Reacting To The New York Times Crossword” 

Mr Stokes is The New Yorker‘s assistant cartoon editor.  He has also contributed written pieces to the magazine.

 

Two Peacocks Walk Into A Room; Rare Book Of Interest: A John M. Price Cartoon Anthology: Sara Lautman’s Daily Shouts; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Avi Steinberg

In one of those million-to-one cartoon moments, both my colleague Harry Bliss (with his collaborator Steve Martin) and I have similar drawings out this week (his in his syndicated daily spot, and mine in The New Yorker). What’s unusual, besides the timing of publication, and the peacock standing in a doorway in both drawings, is the use of the peacock itself. A quick visit to the New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank site turned up peacock drawings by a dozen artists. I have to think there were a number more in the magazine’s ninety-four years (the Cartoon Bank site does not provide every cartoon in the magazine’s archive). The listed peacock drawings are by: Mick Stevens, Sam Gross, Will McPhail, John O’Brien, George Booth, Bernard Schoenbaum, George Price, Edward Koren, Saul Steinberg (he has three), Robert Day, Mort Gerberg, and Victoria Roberts. There were also three peacock covers shown. The artists:  Joseph Low (the peacock is a minor character in his cover), Steinberg, and the one-and-only Rea Irvin. 

I asked Mr. Bliss if he’d like to comment on our dual peacock drawings, and here’s what he had to say:

That’s crazy! I didn’t get my new issue of The New Yorker yet, so I didn’t even know that was in there.  When I initially did my drawing, from an idea given to me by Steve Martin, I think I mentioned to Emma [Emma Allen, The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor] that I wanted it to be in color. Seeing yours now, makes me wonder if they bought yours before they had seen mine and the reason they didn’t buy mine and Steve’s is because they had already bought yours… Similars? Anyway, I think the reason there aren’t that many peacock cartoons out there is because the damn thing is so hard to draw!

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Rare Book Of Interest: A John M. Price Anthology

Warren Bernard (of SPX fame) has alerted the Spill to another rarity: a cartoon collection of work by John M. Price who contributed four drawings to the magazine (Mr. Bernard tells me that three of Mr. Price’s four New Yorker drawings appear in the collection). Here’s Price’s rather skimpy bio on the A-Z (if anyone out there has more info please send this way):

John M. Price Born  (Pennsylvania?) February 5, 1918, died January 19, 2009, Radnor, Pennsylvania. New Yorker work: February 17, 1940, March 9, 1940, June 8, 1941, and August 30, 1941. His work appeared in many publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, The Country Gentleman, and Colliers. Key collection (self published) Don’t Get Polite with Me.

*Chris Wheeler’s fabulous site also has a scan of Price’s book (including the back cover), but I have to admit the cover never registered in my brain’s cartoon catalog. Now, having registered it, the book becomes a must-have for the Spill‘s library.  

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A Daily Shouts By…

Sara Lautman, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016, contributed yesterday’s Daily Shouts.

 

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

 

An Avi Steinberg summer vacation/global warming cartoon. Mr. Steinberg began contributing to The New Yorker in 2012.  More about him here on Jane Mattimoe’s Case For Pencils.

 

 

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.