Here’s a fun crowd dining out on the left coast. From lower left, clockwise: Lars Kenseth, Lila Ash, Olivia de Recat, Sharon Isadora Levy, Ivan Ehlers (Mad Magazine cartoonist and a contributor to The New Yorker‘s Daily cartoon), David Ostow, and American Bystander‘s Michael Gerber. (My thanks to Mr. Ostow for the photo).
The above cover does not appear on the New Yorker‘s 94th Anniversary issue; note the date and price. I’ve posted it — the very first New Yorker cover — because sentimental me misses seeing Rea Irvin’s iconic curiously curious Eustace Tilley, dressed in his oddly compelling finery. He hasn’t shown up since 2011 (below)…that seems like such a long time for him to be away. Sometimes it’s good to go back, before, you know, you drift too far from shore (to read about Kadir Nelson’s Tilley-inspired take-off on the cover of the current issue, go here).
It has made my week seeing George Booth’s drawing in the issue (p.47). It’s classic Booth. And no small thing, it inhabits the perfect space on the page — it is where it should be and it looks as it should look. And… it looks great. I could, and will, say the same for Edward Koren’s drawing (p.80).
Two of our cartoon gods delivering the goods, continuing to share their worlds, a half century or more since they began contributing to The New Yorker (Mr. Koren began in 1962, Mr. Booth in 1969).
Of interest to the weedsy cartoon folks: there is not just one caption-less cartoon in the issue — there are three (Seth Fleishman, Will McPhail, and Ed Steed). By caption-less, I should clarify that I mean a cartoon that appears without assistance from words in a box, or a title, or a thought balloon.
Finally, I end as I began: by mentioning the work of The New Yorker artist Rea Irvin. His beautiful masthead — the one that ran for most of the magazine’s 94 years but went missing in the Spring of 2017 (read about it here) is also still out of sight this anniversary week (well, two weeks, as it’s a double issue). It appears here once again, as it always does on Mondays, until someone tells me to cut it out (so to speak) or until it reappears in the magazine (and wouldn’t that be great).
Today’s New Yorker Daily cartoon, a mix of politics and this Sunday’s supah-de-dupah football game, is by Bob Eckstein, the World’s Greatest Snowman Expert. See it here, and visit his website here. Mr. Eckstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007.
Cartoon Companion’s Latest Reviews of New Yorker Cartoons
The CC boys, Max and Simon return with a close-ish look at all the cartoons in the latest issue of The New Yorker (the issue of February 4, 2019). Read it here, and while you’re there…check out part 2 of the CC‘s interview with Roz Chast. See it all here.
The Society of Illustrators will host a conversation with two exceptional illustrators (both of them have contributed to The New Yorker), Steve Brodner and Joe Ciardiello. The occasion is the publication of Mr. Ciardiello’s graphic memoir, A Fistful of Drawings (from Fantagraphics, out February 12, 2019)
Since online is increasingly where the action is, I decided this morning that The New Yorker‘s Daily Cartoons should be recognized here, well… daily (they’ll also continue to be gathered at week’s end under The Tilley Watch Online heading along with Daily Shouts pieces contributed by cartoonists). For those who missed this Spill piece about the Daily some time back, there are a number of differences between a Daily cartoon and the cartoons you find in the print edition of The New Yorker.
Today’s Daily cartoon, concerning Brexit, is by Maddie Dai. See it here. Ms. Dai began contributing to the print edition of The New Yorker in June of 2017.Link here to her website.