The Cover: according to the Contributors page, this a Diana Ejaita’s first cover for the magazine. Read more here.
The Cartoons: Eleven cartoons this week — a lighter number than usual. Just out of curiosity I went back to a comparable issue (date-wise) forty years ago. This was the cartoonist line-up for the issue of May 14, 1979. Twenty-two cartoonists.
The irony, if there is any irony here (and if you read on, you’ll see there may not be) is that back then there were far fewer regular contributors (in what was then called the art department) than there are today. At least half as many. But then again, that 1979 issue was 176 pages. This new one is 70 pages. So proportionally, not bad(?).
Rea Irvin: And speaking of the past, Rea Irvin’s Talk masthead (below) is still a-missin’. Read about it here.
A round-up of the week’s online New Yorker cartoonists…
The Daily Cartoonists: P.C. Vey, Barry Blitt (a Bonus Daily), David Sipress, Danny Shanahan, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Elisabeth McNair.
Daily Shouts (by New Yorker cartoonists): Liana Finck, Becky Barnicoat, and a trio effort by Amy Kurzweil, J.A.K., and Ellis Rosen.
Attempted Bloggery Celebrates Its 2900th Post
Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery celebrates his site’s 2900th post with a look at his signed (and sometimes drawned(?)) copies of Bob Eckstein’s Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons. See it all here.
A Correction: In yesterday’s post concerning the Daily Shouts trio of Amy Kurzweil, J.A.K. and Ellis Rosen, I suggested that the trio effort may have been a Shouts first.
There was at least one previous trio: theJuly 20, 2018 Shouts by Sharon Levy, Olivia de Recat, and Lars Kenseth. My thanks to my colleague,Jeremy Nguyen for bringing this to my attention.
Taken April 12, 2019, Brooklyn. The above New Yorker contributors were invited to sketch the burlesque show, Queen of Hearts (Austin McCormick and company).
Bottom row, l-r: Jason Chatfield, Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, Jason Adam Katzenstein, and Julia Rothman. Top row: Ellis Rosen, Sofia Warren, and Amy Kurzweil (the group included cover artist, Jenny Kroik, not pictured).
Jason Chatfield began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017; Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell in 2017; Jason Adam Katzenstein (J.A.K.) in 2014; Julia Rothman in 2018; Ellis Rosen in 2016; Sofia Warren in 2017; Amy Kurzweil in 2016.
Lee Lorenz Born 1932, Hackensack, New Jersey. Mr. Lorenz was the art editor of The New Yorker from 1973 to 1993 and its cartoon editor until 1997. During his tenure, a new wave of New Yorker cartoonists began appearing in the magazine — cartoonists who no longer depended on idea men. The group included, among others, Jack Ziegler, Roz Chast, Mick Stevens, Peter Steiner, Liza Donnelly, Leo Cullum, Tom Cheney, Gahan Wilson, Richard Cline, Michael Crawford, Danny Shanahan, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Victoria Roberts, and Arnie Levin.
Cartoon collections: Here It Comes (Bobbs-Merrrill Co., Inc. 1968) ; Now Look What You’ve Done! (Pantheon, 1977) ; The Golden Age of Trash ( Chronicle Books, 1987); The Essential series, all published by Workman: : Booth (pub: 1998), Barsotti ( pub: 1998), Ziegler (pub: 2001), The Art of The New Yorker 1925 -1995, (Knopf, 1995), The World of William Steig (Artisan, 1998). New Yorker work: 1958 –.
A Daily week nearly devoid of politics. The Daily cartoonists: Ellie Black, Karl Stevens, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, and Julia Suits.
The Daily Shouts contributing New Yorker cartoonists: Ali Fitzgerald, Liana Finck, Sophia Warren, Tom Chitty, and Maggie Larson.
Four years ago Liza Donnelly made history as the first cartoonist to live-draw from the Oscars Red Carpet. She’s been in LaLa Land this past week drawing events leading up to tomorrow’s big day when she’ll once again live-draw from the Red Carpet. Follow her work on @Lizadonnelly .
Ms. Donnelly’s first New Yorker cartoon appeared in 1982. She is the author of eighteen books, including Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons (Prometheus, 2005).