More Gahan Wilson; A Peter Arno Rarity From The Bloom Vault; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Humor Mag Of Interest: American Bystander #12; Today’s Daily Shouts…By Amy Kurzweil; Preview Of Interest on Salon: Shannon Wheeler’s “Mueller Report”

More Gahan Wilson

From 27East.com, October 24, 2019, “Cartoonist Gahan Wilson Is Looking To Find His Way”  — this piece by Annette Hinkle on one of the modern masters of the form.

…and this Chicago Sun-Times column from Neil Steinberg, October 24, 2019, “‘Lucky to be alive’ — morbid cartoonist faces dementia”

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A Peter Arno Rarity From The Bloom Vault

The illustrator Tom Bloom is surely one of our cartoon world’s great collectors.  Some years back  I naively thought I’d found most everything New Yorker cartoon-related that could be found. Then Mr. Bloom began sending me scans of items in his collection. It was as if someone had just opened the door to a New Yorker materials filled annex the size of Macy’s.

He’s been kind enough over the years to share some of the more obscure pieces from his collection with the Spill.  Here’s another: a four page promotional brochure for Peter Arno’s first book,Whoops Dearie!, published in 1927 by Simon & Schuster.* If you read my bio of Arno you might remember how important the Whoops Sisters were to the resuscitation of The  New Yorker in its infancy. I’d never seen this brochure until yesterday (and this after nearly 20 years of making it my business to find Arno material).

*While Arno provided the drawings for the book it was actually written by Philip Wylie. Much more on him and his place in The New Yorker‘s early years can be found in the Arno biography.

Here’s Arno’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Peter Arno (Photo source: Look, 1938) Born Curtis Arnoux Peters, Jr., January 8, 1904, New York City. Died February 22, 1968, Port Chester, NY. New Yorker work: 1925 -1968. Key collection: Ladies & Gentlemen (Simon & Schuster, 1951) The Foreword is by Arno.

 

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Barging Republicans, by Ellis Rosen, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016.  Visit his website here.

 

 

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Humor Mag Of Interest: American Bystander #12

American Bystander #12 just arrived at the Spill. Not sure how often I’ve said this, but here goes again: if you love cartoons, especially those we associate with New Yorker artists, you’ll find  bushels-full in the Bystander. Three cheers for Michael Gerber, the Bystander‘s editor and publisher.

Here are the New Yorker contributors found in this latest issue:  Joe Ciardiello (the issue’s cover artist), Edward Sorel, Tom Chitty, P.S. Mueller, Rich Sparks, Lars Kenseth, Lila Ash, Roz Chast, John Cuneo, Mort Gerberg, Barry Blitt, George Booth, Joe Dator, Nick Downes, Bob Eckstein, Emily Flake, David Ostow, Jeremy Nguyen, Sara Lautman, Farley Katz, John Jonik, and Sam Gross.

Link here to subscribe.

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Today’s Daily Shouts…By Amy Kurzweil

“A Subway Tableau” by Amy Kurzweil, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016. Visit her website here.

 

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Preview Of Interest From Salon: Wheeler’s “Mueller Report”

From Salon, “Exclusive: ‘Mueller Report’ Graphic Novel Sneak Preview From New Yorker Cartoonist Shannon Wheeler”

— and…there’s a Q&A with Mr. Wheeler within the piece.

 

The American Bystander’s Michael Gerber Wants To Save MAD Magazine; Bob Eckstein’s NY Daily News MAD Op-Ed; MAD Cartoonists Vs. New Yorker Cartoonists; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Gil Roth Interviews Karl Stevens; 5 Questions: Rich Sparks

The American Bystander’s Michael Gerber, Wants To Save MAD Magazine

 Michael Gerber, the man behind the curtain at American Bystander, is proposing to rescue MAD Magazine.  Below: two Tweets from Mr. Gerber sent out yesterday:

 

 The New York Times called  The American Bystander “…an essential read for comedy nerds”.   Anyone who loves comic art and writing will cheer on Mr. Gerber’s effort  to rescue MAD.

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Bob Eckstein’s N.Y. Daily News MAD Op-Ed

New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein weighs in, via a New York Daily News Op-Ed, on MAD Magazine.  Mr. Eckstein began contributing to The New Yorker in  2007. Visit his website here.

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MAD Cartoonists Vs. New Yorker Cartoonists

Bittersweet.  This on Comic-Con International’s 2019 schedule:

In one corner, the New Yorker magazine, top of the cartoon heap, king of the single-panel, and undisputed peak of the artform. In the other corner, MAD magazine, the magazine most humorists cite as their biggest influence. Which magazine is the better patron saint of cartoonists? Who has funnier cartoons? And, most important, who would win in a fight between Eustace Tilley, the fop from the NY’er, and Alfred E. Neuman, the MAD magazine mascot? Distinguished panelists from both magazines duke it out in a free-for-all discussion. May the funniest one win.

All the info here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

  Chris Weyant’s gives us sunblock on wheels.  Mr Weyant began contributing to The New Yorker  in 1998. Visit his website here.

 

 

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Gil Roth Interviews Karl Stevens 

Gil Roth adds Karl Stevens to his remarkable list of interviewees (including a goodly number of comics and cartoonists).  Mr. Stevens began contributing to The New Yorker this year.

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5 Questions: Rich Sparks

From Esthetic Lens, July 4, 2019, “5 Questions: Cartoonist Rich Sparks”— like it sez.

Mr. Sparks began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.  His book, Love and Other Weird Things is out the last day of the year. Visit his website here.

 

Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Barry Blitt; Where Else Are They Now?; Today’s Daily Shoutist: Julia Wertz

Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

A Trumpian intervention, Blitt-style. Barry Blitt has contributed to The New Yorker since 1992.  Visit his website here

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Where Else Are They Now?

Looking at a Weekly Humorist post this morning it occurred to me I was seeing a good number of New Yorker cartoonists represented.  With the stable of cartoonists at The New Yorker on the verge of a record-setting year, population-wise (once a stable of approximately 40 regular cartoonists, there are now, according to the magazine’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, about 100) the number of cartoons bought per week remains at the mid-teen level (slightly more or slightly less). 

Let’s just play with made-up numbers for a moment to give you an idea of the odds these days for those submitting their work. Let’s just say each of those 100 cartoonists submits 10 cartoon ideas a week.  That’s 1000 cartoons. 1000 cartoons vying for the 15 (or so) weekly golden tickets (i.e., the bought cartoon, or in New Yorker cartoonist parlance, the O.K.). That leaves approximately 985 rejected cartoons with almost no place to go. And remember: that’s just one week’s worth of rejected work.  Most cartoonists send in a “batch” weekly, every week of the year there is an art meeting.

Supply has always well exceeded demand at The New Yorker, but with a more than doubled regular supply, things become more complicated for those submitting.  As has been the case for decades, cartoonists sell to other print magazines that are cartoon-friendly, but those avenues are few, as are the number of cartoonists used per issue (see Playboy, and Esquire).  There are at least three places where one can find a healthy population of work by New Yorker artists.  A semi-highly unscientific survey indicates that most New Yorker cartoonists (who flock anywhere) flock to these publications. 

Funny Times

The current issue includes these New Yorker artists: Darrin Bell, Harry Bliss, J.C. Duffy, Martha Gradisher, Peter Kuper, Mary Lawton, Carol Lay, P.S. Mueller, Drew Panckeri, Rina Piccolo, Ward Sutton, Tom Tomorrow, Chris Weyant, and Shannon Wheeler.

 The American Bystander

Issue #10) includes these New Yorker artists: George Booth, M.K. Brown, John Cuneo, Ivan Ehlers, Emily Flake, Drew Friedman, Sam Gross, Lars Kenseth, Ken Krimstein, Peter Kuper, Sara Lautman, Jeremy Nguyen, Rich Sparks, Tom Toro, and the late Charles Barsotti. 

 The Weekly Humorist.

Scroll down and you’ll find work by these New Yorker artists: Ellis Rosen, Peter Kuper, Bob Eckstein, Ivan Ehlers, Drew Panckeri, Evan Lian, Joseph Dottino, Lars Kenseth, Jason Chatfield, Rich Sparks, Ali Soloman, Eugenia Viti, Pat Byrnes, J.C. Duffy, and David Ostow (among others).

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Today’s Daily Shoutist: Julia Wertz

“Conversations With Ma: Prenatal Vitamins And Owl Pellets”

Julia Wertz has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2015.

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

Publication Of Interest: American Bystander #9

The American Bystander has become home away from home for numerous New Yorker artists, past and present. In the AB #9, just arrived in today’s mail (cover by Rick Geary) you will find more work by Eustace Tilley contributors than you can shake a Micron pen at. In this issue: Lila Ash, Charles Barsotti, George Booth, M.K. Brown, Roz Chast, Tom Chitty, Joe Ciardiello, Olivia de Recat, Nick Downes, Bob Eckstein, Emily Flake, Drew Friedman, Sam Gross, Tom Hachtman, Kaamran Hafeez, John Jonik, Ken Krimstein, Peter Kuper, Sara Lautman, P.S. Mueller, David Ostow, Ellis Rosen, Rich Sparks, Tom Toro, P.C. Vey, Shannon Wheeler, and Jack Ziegler.

For more info on American Bystander, including how to subscribe, go here.