A Sunday Daily: Katz Cooks; Remembering George Price

Cookin’ octopus, from Farley Katz, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2007.

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Remembering George Price

From Yesterday’s Papers, June 30, 2019, “George Priceless” 

Mr. Price’s entry on the A-Z: George Price Born in Coytesville, New Jersey, June 9, 1901. Died January 12, 1995, Engelwood, New Jersey. New Yorker work: 1929 – 1991. Lee Lorenz, the New Yorker’s former Art/Cartoon editor, called Price one of the magazine’s great stylists (along with Peter Arno, Helen Hokinson, James Thurber, and William Steig. Of the many Price collections, two favorites:  Browse At Your Own Risk (1977), and The World of George Price: A 55-Year Retrospective (1988)

Fave Photo Of The Day: Leighton, Kaplan & Chast; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Amy Hwang’s Daily Shouts

Fave Photo Of The Day

From last night’s Ultimate Cartoon Book Of Book Cartoons event at NYC’s Grolier Club.  L-r: Robert Leighton, Bruce Eric Kaplan, and Roz Chast (missing from the photo: the book’s editor, Bob Eckstein).

Robert Leighton began contributing to The New Yorker in 2002. Bruce Kaplan in 1991, and Roz Chast in 1978, Bob Eckstein in 2007.

The Ultimate Cartoon Book Of Book Cartoons, published by Princeton Architectural Press, was released this April. 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Cath, via Bob Eckstein

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The Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Avi Steinberg on last night’s Democratic debate. Mr. Steinberg began contributing to The New Yorker in 2012.

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Daily Shouts

Yesterday’s Daily Shouts: Amy Hwang’s “Ways My Life Changed After I Started Exercising”

Ms. Hwang began contributing to The New Yorker in 2010.

Art Spiegelman Event Of Interest; Article/Video Of Interest: Liza Donnelly; Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon; The Surreal McCoy’s Wolf Of Baghdad Kickstarter at 75%!; And Over On Medium…

Art Spiegelman Event Of Interest

This September at The Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York: “An Evening With Art Spiegelman” — all the details here.

Mr. Spiegelman began contributing to The New Yorker in 1992. His Wikipedia entry here.

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Article/Video Of Interest: Liza Donnelly

From Silicon Republic, June 23, 2019, “How This Cartoonist Draws Inspiration From Disruption” 

Ms. Donnelly began contributing to The New Yorker in 1982. Visit her website here.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

J.A.K. with a phone alert Daily. See it here. Mr. K began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.

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The Surreal McCoy’s Wolf Of Baghdad Kickstarter At 75%

The Surreal McCoy, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014, reports that the Kickstarter campaign for her “Wolf Of Baghdad” soundtrack is up to 75%.  To read more about this and contribute, go here

Ms. McCoy writes:  Here’s a short video by 3yin’s founder and bandleader Daniel Jonas to give a taste of the repertoire that we hope to be recording. The song is called Shams esh-Shamousa (Beautiful Sun) and is the Iraqi version of a traditional Arabic folk tune:

It rises, how beautiful is its light/The sun, precious sun/Come on, let’s go and milk the buffalo/It rose over the river Tigris/A gentle breeze blew from the west/ The waves call out ‘Hello!’/And send the sun their greetings.

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And Over On Medium…

An alert from Medium about Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell’s latest post reminded me to note here that it’s an interesting place to see non-New Yorker work by New Yorker artists you might not see elsewhere.

 Some for instances (no links: you’ll have to search on Medium‘s site for these):

 

 

 

 

The Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of July 1, 2019; Talk Of Interest: Dana Fradon; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: David Sipress

The Cover: Summertime is very much here. I confess to being puzzled by the columns on this new cover but figured all would be revealed if I went to the now-standard Q&A with the cover artist (and all was). I guess I need to spend more time in Brooklyn. 

The Cartoonists

Last week I mentioned a collaborative cartoon effort; this week there are two sets: Pia Guerra & Ian Boothby, and, Seth Roberts & Brian Hawes. 3/4ths of the collaborators are making their cartoon-connected print debut (everyone but Pia Guerra, who has been contributing since 2017).  If we accept that each team contains at least one artist (i.e. someone had to draw the cartoon), then there is at least one new name to add to the newbie list. The addition of one new cartoonist from the group brings us to the 17th new cartoonist of the year (I’ll sort out who is who eventually).

But wait! Emily Bernstein is also making her debut in the print magazine, so just-like-that we’re now up to 18 new cartoonists added this year.  18 newbies this year, and 44 newbies in all under Emma Allen’s watch as cartoon editor (she began in May of 2017).

The Cartoons

 There are two kinds of cartoons that have always fascinated me. One is the drawing I linger over because I’m not at all enjoying that moment from the cartoonist’s world. The other kind is the drawing I linger over because I’m thoroughly enjoying that moment from the cartoonist’s world,  wanting to hang out with it, explore it, and learn from it. The best cartoons are shorthand graphic short stories. P.C. Vey‘s death on the beach drawing (p.18) is solidly the latter kind — a wonderful addition to the magazine’s archive of beach cartoons. It’s a drawing where everything works.

Also working is Liana Finck‘s one-two punch take on the devil and angel on one’s shoulders scenario (p. 24). I found myself studying the framework around the character — an unusual blending of box and body.

The Felipe Galindo drawing on page 70 is a fun twist on the lion tamer scenario crossed with the small but growing canon of cat scratch cartoons (a personal cat scratch favorite is this Mike Twohy classic from June 5, 1995). 

The Caption Contest Cartoonist: Liza Donnelly

Rea Irvin’s Talk Masthead

Still in storage: Mr. Irvin’s iconic Talk masthead design, replaced in Spring of 2017 by a redraw(!). Below is Mr. Irvin’s drawing for those who don’t know what they’re missing, and for those who do know what they’re missing.

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Talk Of Interest: Dana Fradon

A New Yorker Cartoonist Mt. Rushmore:  From left to right: Charles Saxon, Former New Yorker Art Editor, James Geraghty, Dana Fradon, and Whitney Darrow, Jr.. Westport, Connecticut, 1982. Courtesy of Mr. Geraghty’s daughter, Sarah Geraghty Herndon).

Mr. Fradon, the subject of a lengthy Spill piece in 2013, will speak this Fall at Western Connecticut State University.  Here’s a chance to see one of the cartoon gods of The New Yorker‘s golden era.  Everything you need to know about the event here.

Mr. Fradon’s entry on the A-Z:

 

Dana Fradon Born, Chicago, Illinois, 1922. Studied at the Art Institute of Chicago prior to service in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. Following his service, he attended the Art Students League of New York, New Yorker work: May 1, 1948 – . Collection: Insincerely Yours (Scribners, 1978).

 — My thanks to Warren Bernard for bringing Mr. Fradon’s event to the Spill’s attention.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

A Trump cartoon by David Sipress, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1998.

Two Peacocks Walk Into A Room; Rare Book Of Interest: A John M. Price Cartoon Anthology: Sara Lautman’s Daily Shouts; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Avi Steinberg

In one of those million-to-one cartoon moments, both my colleague Harry Bliss (with his collaborator Steve Martin) and I have similar drawings out this week (his in his syndicated daily spot, and mine in The New Yorker). What’s unusual, besides the timing of publication, and the peacock standing in a doorway in both drawings, is the use of the peacock itself. A quick visit to the New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank site turned up peacock drawings by a dozen artists. I have to think there were a number more in the magazine’s ninety-four years (the Cartoon Bank site does not provide every cartoon in the magazine’s archive). The listed peacock drawings are by: Mick Stevens, Sam Gross, Will McPhail, John O’Brien, George Booth, Bernard Schoenbaum, George Price, Edward Koren, Saul Steinberg (he has three), Robert Day, Mort Gerberg, and Victoria Roberts. There were also three peacock covers shown. The artists:  Joseph Low (the peacock is a minor character in his cover), Steinberg, and the one-and-only Rea Irvin. 

I asked Mr. Bliss if he’d like to comment on our dual peacock drawings, and here’s what he had to say:

That’s crazy! I didn’t get my new issue of The New Yorker yet, so I didn’t even know that was in there.  When I initially did my drawing, from an idea given to me by Steve Martin, I think I mentioned to Emma [Emma Allen, The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor] that I wanted it to be in color. Seeing yours now, makes me wonder if they bought yours before they had seen mine and the reason they didn’t buy mine and Steve’s is because they had already bought yours… Similars? Anyway, I think the reason there aren’t that many peacock cartoons out there is because the damn thing is so hard to draw!

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Rare Book Of Interest: A John M. Price Anthology

Warren Bernard (of SPX fame) has alerted the Spill to another rarity: a cartoon collection of work by John M. Price who contributed four drawings to the magazine (Mr. Bernard tells me that three of Mr. Price’s four New Yorker drawings appear in the collection). Here’s Price’s rather skimpy bio on the A-Z (if anyone out there has more info please send this way):

John M. Price Born  (Pennsylvania?) February 5, 1918, died January 19, 2009, Radnor, Pennsylvania. New Yorker work: February 17, 1940, March 9, 1940, June 8, 1941, and August 30, 1941. His work appeared in many publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, The Country Gentleman, and Colliers. Key collection (self published) Don’t Get Polite with Me.

*Chris Wheeler’s fabulous site also has a scan of Price’s book (including the back cover), but I have to admit the cover never registered in my brain’s cartoon catalog. Now, having registered it, the book becomes a must-have for the Spill‘s library.  

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A Daily Shouts By…

Sara Lautman, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016, contributed yesterday’s Daily Shouts.

 

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon

 

An Avi Steinberg summer vacation/global warming cartoon. Mr. Steinberg began contributing to The New Yorker in 2012.  More about him here on Jane Mattimoe’s Case For Pencils.