The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of September 30, 2019

The Cover: Christoph Niemann returns for the Technology Issue.  Read Francoise Mouly’s Q&A with him about his cover.

The Cartoonists & Cartoons:

Electronically flipping through this new issue (appropriately enough for the Technology Issue) I was happy that the cartoons just kept-a-comin’; there are seventeen of them to be exact. All of them are placed well (i.e., they have plenty of breathing room, and sit well on the page).

Here are random thoughts about some of the cartoons in the new issue…

Joe Dator’s laundromat drawing (page 50): When asked why The New Yorker didn’t run color cartoons*, The New Yorker‘s founder and first editor, Harold Ross reportedly said, “What’s so funny about red?”  What he didn’t say was,“What’s so funny about beet red?”  Mr. Dators’ drawing, incorporating beet red, is hilarious.

I hovered over Victoria Roberts’ campers and bear drawing (p.46), enjoying the drawing itself. We’re used to seeing many of Ms. Roberts drawings set indoors — it’s fun to see her drawing of a tent, and a bear (or a man in a bear suit).

Jason Patterson’s ice cream trucks heading south for the winter  (p. 25) is also fun to linger on. Its concept seems out of the Jack Ziegler school of zany.  Such a good drawing.

Also of note, graphically, and otherwise-ly: Ellie Black’s little red riding hood drawing (p.78)…and Maggie Mull’s Beautiful Mind-ish drawing on page 70; nice to see it stretched out on the page.

Shannon Wheeler’s broccoli opera drawing on page 77.  Its execution is reminiscent of some of William Steig’s middle period work (check out Steig’s 1942 collection, The Lonely Ones).

And of note in a different department: the magazine’s assistant cartoon editor, Colin Stokes’ Shouts & Murmurs piece,“Running With Scissors” (p.33).

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch: Mr. Irvin’s classic masthead drawing (below) has yet to return.  Hope springs eternal here on The Spill. Read about it here.

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*There were two color cartoons in Ross’s era, very early on in the magazine’s life; both appeared in the issue of December 12, 1925. A full page by Ralph Barton, and a double page spread by Rea Irvin. Mr. Barton did not use red in his drawing, Mr. Irvin did.

 

 

The Wednesday Watch: Visiting Addams Hometown; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Shannon Wheeler’s Next Book; A Liana Finck Daily Shouts

Visiting Addams Hometown

From slashfilm.com, August 14, 2019, “We Visited the Creepy and Kooky Birthplace of the Addams Family”

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

A Statue Of Liberty poem by Peter Kuper, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2011. Visit his website here.

 

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Shannon Wheeler’s Next Book

Too Much Coffee Man: The Before Years, out March 2020, is the latest from Mr. Wheeler who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2009. About the book, from the publisher, Dark Horse Books:

Featuring decades of strips and comics with new sequential work connecting and commenting on each era, Wheeler analyzes formative periods in his life as a creator. College-era strips early in his cartooning career are mixed with new stories and gag comics to create a narrative arc that leads to Wheeler’s work on Postage Stamp Funnies and Villain House! Fans of Wheeler and the art of cartooning will enjoy this super-caffeinated collection detailing the origin of his most famous creation and his journey from cartooning for free for college papers to making a bit more money at The Onion, and ultimately making just a little bit more at The New Yorker–the apex job for a cartoonist!

Visit Mr. Wheeler’s website here.

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A Liana Finck Daily Shouts

Another installment of Liana Finck’s “Dear Pepper.”  She began contributing to The New Yorker in 2013. Visit her website here.

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of July 29, 2019; Today’s Daily Cartoonist And Cartoon; A Julia Wertz Daily Shouts; Fave Photo Of The Day

The Cover:  I see destructive tourists at the core of this cover, yet destruction doesn’t come up in Joost Swarte’s interview with The New Yorker‘s art director, Francoise Mouly.  Odd?

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

Almost a theme issue, of sorts:  Amy Hwang (cats), Roz Chast (dogs), Farley Katz (flamingos), Joe Duffy (pigs), Kendra Allenby (deer), Frank Cotham (a snake), Shannon Wheeler (snails), Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell (a rat).

Steering briefly away from the Spill‘s focus, I have to note that Salman Rushdie’s piece in the issue  is titled “The Little King” and the accompanying illustration (by Nico Schweitzer) is a play on Otto Soglow‘s famous character. The illustration seems even closer to the toy Little King than the drawing of the King :

 

 

Applause for Bob Eckstein‘s shuttlecock drawing on page 48, and Ellis Rosen‘s heralded fellow drawing on page 42.

 

From the Department of fun coincidences. Liana Finck’s lifeguard drawing (p. 33) immediately reminded me of an obscure original Lee Lorenz drawing hanging here at Spill headquarters. The Lorenz drawing (its barely legible caption: “Help!”) was not in The New Yorker.  I’ve yet to figure out where it was published, or how old it is.  Mr. Lorenz, visiting here and seeing the drawing, could not recall where it had appeared or its vintage. It appears to be in an earlier Lorenz style (but not the earliest), so we can at least place in an early-to-mid 1960s time frame.

Ms. Finck’s drawing and Mr. Lorenz’s are in some ways opposites of each other. Mr. Lorenz’s beach is overcrowded, while Ms. Finck’s beach is empty.  Ms. Finck’s life guard offers help (if helped); Mr. Lorenz’s life guard is crying out for help. What ties them together, at least for me, is the graphic core of each drawing: the exceptionally tall life guard stand. Fine fun work by both. 

Rea Irvin: Mr. Irvin’s iconic Talk masthead (below) left us in the Spring of 2017 after 92 years of service — it was replaced by a redraw.  Let’s hope the real thing returns before long.  Read about it here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist And Cartoon

Brendan Loper makes good use of oven mitts. Mr. Loper began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.

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A Julia Wertz Daily Shouts

“Conversations With Ma: Paint The Toenails And Board-Game Gripes” 

— A series? by Julia Wertz who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2015.

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Fave Photo Of The Day

A crowd of folks who draw got together yesterday in Rhinebeck, New York.  Left to right: myself, Peter Steiner, John Cuneo, R.O. Blechman, Liza Donnelly, Bill Plympton, Danny Shanahan and Elwood Smith.

 

 

 

Robert Crumb And Aline Kominsky-Crumb At Columbia This Fall; The Tilley Watch Online, July 15-19, 2019; Fave Photo Of The Day: Some New Yorker Folks At The San Diego Comic Con; NYTs Opinion Piece Of Interest: “The Vicious Fun Of America’s Most Famous Literary Circle”

 

Robert Crumb And Aline -Kominsky Crumb At Columbia This Fall

Columbia University’s Curator For Comics and Cartoons, Karen Green, announced at the San Diego Comic Com that Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, and Peter Bagge will be appearing this Fall at Columbia University…no further info at the moment.  Here’s the article from The Beat, July 20, 2019, “Things Go Off The Rails At The Book Of Weirdo Panel”

Both Mr. Crumb and Ms. Kominsky-Crumb have contributed to The New Yorker.  In 1994, with the magazine was then edited by Tina Brown, Mr. Crumb’s “Elvis Tilley” broke the sixty-eight  year string of Rea Irvin Eustace Tilleys appearing on the anniversary issueFor more Tilley Talk, read my 2008 newyorker.com piece “Tilley Over Time”

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Daily Cartoon Contributors this week: Lars Kenseth, Avi Steinberg, Ellis Rosen, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, and Peter Kuper.

 New Yorker cartoonist Daily Shouts contributors this week:  Jeremy Nguyen (illustrator) with Jiji Lee, P.C. Vey, Ellis Rosen (with Colin Stokes), Olivia de Recat (with Sarah Vollman), Tom Chitty, and Teresa Burns Parkhurst.

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Fave Photo Of The Day

From Jason Chatfield‘s Facebook page, this group photo taken at the San Diego Comic Con.  Four outta five New Yorker  folks are in the line-up. Far left, MAD cartoonist, Todd Clark, then New Yorker contributors Ivan Ehlers, Shannon Wheeler, Lonnie Millsap, and Olivia de Recat.  

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A New York Times Opinion Piece Of Interest

From The New York Times, July 20, 2019, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen’s Opinion piece,  “The Vicious Fun Of America’s Most Famous Literary Circle” 

(photo above from Ink Spill‘s “Posted Notes”)

Thurber’s “Mile And A Half Of Lines” Launched; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon: More Spills: …Graphic Mueller Reports…Liza Donnelly On Compassion

Thurber’s “Mile And A Half Of Lines” Launched

This must-have book takes wing today with an event in Thurber’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Read about it here.

Related: A Thurber piece in the CSM, July 11, 2019, “The not-so-secret life of James Thurber”

[full disclosure: both my wife, Liza Donnelly, and I contributed to A Mile and a Half of Lines]

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Politics & money by Mort Gerberg, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1965.

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…From Salon, July 11, 2019, “Will more people read the Mueller Report if it’s a comic book?”

— with Shannon Wheeler content. Mr. Wheeler began contributing to The New Yorker in 2009.

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…From Medium, July 12, 2019, by Liza Donnelly: “What It Means To Be An American: Compassion”

Ms. Donnelly began contributing to The New Yorker in 1982.