Thurber Thursday: Thurber Country UK Penguin Edition; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Reminder: Chatfield Live At 3!; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

Thurber Thursday: Thurber Country, UK Penguin Edition

Thirty-two years ago, when my New Yorker cartoonist colleague, Liza Donnelly and I were wed,  she brought into the marriage, among so many other things, the Thurber UK paperbacks she’d grown up with. My fave of these, cover-wise, has always been Thurber Country, published by Penguin in 1962, the year after Thurber passed away. Is there any dog more perfectly drawn than a Thurber dog (rhetorical, no need to answer).*

The bio on the inside front cover is of interest, as is the slightly wild hair photo.

*George Booth’s cartoon dogs are certainly equal.

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

James Thurber  Born, Columbus, Ohio, December 8, 1894. Died 1961, New York City. New Yorker work: 1927 -1961, with several pieces run posthumously.  According to the New Yorker’s legendary editor, William Shawn, “In the early days, a small company of writers, artists, and editors — E.B. White, James Thurber, Peter Arno, and Katharine White among them — did more to make the magazine what it is than can be measured.”  

Key cartoon collection: The Seal in the Bedroom and Other Predicaments (Harper & Bros., 1932). Key anthology (writings & drawings): The Thurber Carnival (Harper & Row, 1945). There have been a number of Thurber biographies. Burton Bernstein’s Thurber (Dodd, Mead, 1975) and Harrison Kinney’s James Thurber: His Life and Times (Henry Holt & Co., 1995)  are essential. A short bio appears on the Thurber House website: http://www.thurberhouse.org/about-james-thurber/

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

From Adam Douglas Thompson, more White House memoirs.

Mr. Thompson began contributing to The New yorker in April of 2019.

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Reminder: Chatfield Live At 3!

New Yorker cartoonist, Jason Chatfield, & his MAD mag colleague Ed Steckley will draw live this afternoon at 3.

Register/info here

Mr. Chatfield’s website.

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Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Eugenia Viti, who began contributing to The New Yorker in June of last year: “Five Filters That Will Ruin Your Relationship”

 

Tonight! Art Out Loud Online Society Of Illustrators Event W/ Liza Donnelly; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Chatfield Live!; More Spills: Grant Snider & J.A.K…More About MAD’s Jaffee

Tonight at 6 watch long-time New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly draw live as part of the Society of Illustrators Art Out Loud Online series.  Info here.

Ms. Donnelly’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Liza Donnelly Born, Washington, D.C. New Yorker work: June 21, 1982 – Key book: Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons (Prometheus, 2005). Edited:  Sex & Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love…in 200 Cartoons ( Twelve, 2008). Co-authored with Michael Maslin: Husbands & Wives ( Ballantine 1995), Call Me When You Reach Nirvana ( Andrew & McMeel, 1995), Cartoon Marriage ( with Michael Maslin) (Random House, 2009), When Do They Serve the Wine?( Chronicle, 2010). Women On Men (Narrative Library, 2013). Donnelly also wrote and illustrated a popular series of dinosaur books for children ( Dinosaur Day, Dinosaur Beach, Dinosaur Halloween, etc.) all published by Scholastic.  She is the CBS News Resident Cartoonist. Website: http://www.lizadonnelly.com

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

We’re being watched by Drew Panckeri, who began contributing to The New Yorker in April of 2015.

 

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Chatfield Live!

From The Daily Cartoonist, June 15, 2020,  “Wacom Sponsors Webinar Featuring Jason Chatfield and Ed Steckley”

Mr. Chatfield began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.

Visit his website here.

 

 

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…J.A.K’s about to released book & Grant Snider’s get noticed by The New York Times. Read here.

…Speaking of The New York Times, here’s a piece about MAD‘s just retired Al Jaffee and the issue of MAD celebrating his career.

 

The Weekend Spill: Next Week’s New Yorker Cover; The Tilley Watch Online, June 8-12, 2020; Very Brief Video Of Interest: Ken Krimstein; Chas Addams Nominated For New Jersey Hall Of Fame; Article Of Interest: Liana Finck

Above is the early-released cover of next week’s issue of The New Yorker by Kadir Nelson. Go here to see what the magazine calls “a closeup examination…of the cover”

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The Tilley Watch Online

An end of week list of New Yorker artists who contributed to newyorker.com features.

June 8-12, 2020:

The Daily Cartoon: Victor Varnado, Maddie Dai, Tim Hamilton, Elisabeth McNair, Liz Montague.

Daily Shouts: Jason Adam Katzenstein with Kashana Cauley. Mr. K. also contributed, with two others, to another DS piece this week).

…and Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook.

All the above, and so much more, can be found here.

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Very Brief Video Of Interest: Ken Krimstein

Here’s a 35 second video showing New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein finishing up a drawing. Don’t know about you, but I really enjoy watching people draw.

Mr. Krimstein, a New Yorker contributor since August of 2000, is the author of the acclaimed Three Lives of Hannah Arendt.

Visit Mr. Krimstein’s website here.

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Charles Addams Nominated For New Jersey Hall Of Fame

The New Jersey Hall Of Fame may soon include Westfield born Charles Addams.  Read about it here.

Here’s Mr. Addams’ entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Charles Addams (Born in Westfield, New Jersey, January  7, 1912. Died September 29, 1988, New York City. New Yorker work: 1932 – 1988 * the New Yorker has published his work posthumously. One of the giants of The New Yorker’s  stable of artists.  Key cartoon collections: While all of Addams’ collections are worthwhile, here are three that are particular favorites; Homebodies (Simon & Schuster, 1954), The Groaning Board (Simon & Schuster, 1964), Creature Comforts (Simon & Schuster, 1981). In 1991 Knopf published The World of Chas Addams, a retrospective collection. A biography, Charles Addams: A Cartoonist’s Life, by Linda Davis, was published in 2006 by Random House. Visit the Addams Foundation website for far more information : http://www.charlesaddams.com/

Here, just for fun, is the Spill‘s map (originally posted in 2016) showing other New Jersey born New Yorker contributors.

(click on map to expand it).

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Article Of Interest: Liana Finck

From The New York Times, June 14th, “How A New Yorker Cartoonist Spends Her Sundays” — we are informed that this interview with Liana Finck originally took place in January and was updated in March.

Ms. Finck’s latest book is Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, And Notes To Self (Random House).

 

 

Victor Varnado: “How I Became A New Yorker Cartoonist”; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Revisiting A Video Of Interest: Jenny Kroik; Al Jaffee’s Last MAD Fold-In

I’m always interested in hearing every New Yorker cartoonist’s story of their first sale to the magazine. It’s a “moment” they’ll never forget. Here’s Victor Varnado talking about his.

Mr. Varnado’s first New Yorker cartoon appeared in the issue of July 8, 2019.  Visit his website here.

And as long as we’re talking about Mr. Varnado…he’s Today’s Daily Cartoonist.

See his cartoon here.

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Revisiting A Video Of Interest: Jenny Kroik

From The 92nd Street Y,  this brief video of New Yorker cover artist, Jenny Kroik.

(The video originally posted in Feb of 2019, reposted by Viewing NYC  June 12, 2020).

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The Spill has always had a soft spot for MAD and its artists; the magazine, as I’ve said before, surely inspired numerous budding New Yorker cartoonists (including this one) over the years, and in more recent times published a number of New Yorker artists.

Although Al Jaffee’s work never appeared in The New Yorker, he did submit covers a ways back (I remember seeing at least one terrific cover submission at a MoCCA gallery show in SoHo ages ago). Mr. Jaffee, who was responsible for MAD’s iconic fold-in, recently announced his retirement (at age 99). Below is his very last one. Read more (and see more) here on The Forward.

 

Thurber Thursday: Fave Cover; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Article Of Interest: “School Days Influences…”

Of all the Thurber books published in his lifetime it’s the cover of Let your Mind Alone! that I’ve always liked best. Notice I said the cover, and not the book (I like the book too, but it’s not my favorite).

The cover relies on a single Thurber drawing, “Motorman Concealing His Sex Life from a Woman Psychologist” (it appears, run vertically, in Chapter 9).

I’ve never thought too much about why the cover is so appealing (and I won’t now) — it’s just one of those things. A quick thought is that the cover drawing seems an odd choice considering the other choices within. Perhaps it’s the oddity that’s appealing.

According to Bowden’s James Thurber: A Bibliography , the first edition (published September of ’37) was  5000 copies. By year’s end there were six editions.

A few things about my copy: someone glued the dust jacket flap — just the flap — on the inside front cover of my copy. And: next to the fellow on the right, there’s a barely visible white line impression of the fellow walking off under the glued down flap. 

Funnily enough, even though the dust jacket cover is my fave, I do not have it (other than that glued inside flap mentioned above). My copy, a first edition, bought for $2.50 (‘as is”) decades ago, was coverless.

There are a number of later editions, with other covers, but for me, the first is the best (the Armed Services Edition is pretty great too).

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Maddie Dai on a deep-sixed Christopher Columbus.

Ms. Dai began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.  Visit her website here.

 

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From The Elective, June 11, 2020, “School Days Influences: Inside The World Of New Yorker Cartoonists”

Eight* New Yorker cartoonists and one** cover artist on their schooling.

*Lila Ash, Liza Donnelly, Amy Hwang, Navied Mahdavian, Sam Marlow, Liz Montague, Jeremy Nguyen, Ellis Rosen, **Robert Sikoryak.

Illustration: Michael Witte‘s cover for The New Yorker Book Of Teacher Cartoons