Meet The Artist (1943): Roberta Macdonald; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist; Roz Chast & Company

Meet The Artist (1943): Roberta Macdonald

Another in a series of self portraits of New Yorker artists included in the Meet The Artist catalog published by the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in 1943.

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

Roberta Macdonald (Photo courtesy of Ms. MacDonald’s daughter). Born, San Francisco, 1917. Died, Santa Rosa, California, 1999. New Yorker work: One hundred and three drawings, from May 4, 1940 – July 19, 1952. Besides contributing to The New Yorker, Ms. MacDonald also illustrated numerous humor books and children’s books.

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

The Daily Cartoon

Incentives for telling the truth by Brendan Loper. Mr. Loper has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016.

 

Daily Shouts

“Conversations With Ma: Posing For Pictures” by Julia Wertz, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2015.  Visit her website here.

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Roz Chast & Company

Two events in the near future including Roz Chast. This one in January 2020, and this one on December 4th, 2019.

Ms. Chast began contributing to The New Yorker in 1978.  Visit her website here.

 

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Nurit Karlin Archive To Columbia University; Meet The Artist (1943): Otto Soglow

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Compared to Baby Yoda, by Lila Ash. Ms. Ash has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2018. Visit her website here.

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Nurit Karlin’s Archive To Columbia University

A Facebook announcement from Columbia University’s Karen Green:

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

Nurit Karlin (above. Photo taken at a Playboy holiday party, NYC, early 1990s). Born in Jerusalem, 1940.  Died, Tel Aviv, April, 2019.  New Yorker work: 1974 – 1988. Collection: No Comment (Scribner, 1978). For more on Karlin see pp 124 -130 of Liza Donnelly’s Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons (Prometheus Books, 2005).

 

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Meet The Artist (1943): Otto Soglow

Another in a series of self portraits of New Yorker artists included in the Meet The Artist catalog published by the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in 1943.

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

Otto Soglow Born, Yorkville, NY, December 23, 1900. Died in NYC, April 1975. New Yorker work: 1925 -1974. Key collections: Pretty Pictures (Farrar & Rinehart, 1931) and for fans of Soglow’s Little King: The Little King (Farrar & Rinehart, 1933) and The Little King ( John Martin’s House, Inc., 1945). The latter Little King is an illustrated storybook. Cartoon Monarch / Otto Soglow & The Little King (IDW, 2012) is an excellent compendium.

 

 

 

 

Late Notice: A Launch Party Tonight With Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell Live-Drawing; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of November 18, 2019; Some Thoughts After Seeing The Documentary Film, “Stevenson Lost And Found”

Late Notice: A Launch Party Tonight With Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell Live-Drawing

From the Facebook Invite:

Come celebrate the release of Sarah Dooley’s new book ‘Are You My Uber?’ which is a parody of the P.D. Eastman classic ‘Are You My Mother?’ Listen to comedians Sydnee Washington, Eva Victor, Larry Owens, Pat Regan, Marcia Belsky, Gabe Gonzalez, and Taylor Ortega tell hilarious stories of wild cab experiences while Hilary Campbell, the book’s illustrator, does live drawings.

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

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

A leafy Daily from Chris Weyant, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998. Visit his website here.

 

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The Cover: I see leaves. The fifth cover (below right) by Brigit Schossow.  Read a Q&A with her here.

There’ve been a lot, a whole lot, of leafy New Yorker covers, but this current one by Ms. Schossow  brought to mind (courtesy of a helpful New Yorker colleague) the beauty below left by the magazine’s former art & cartoon editor, Lee Lorenz.

 

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

A scattering of thoughts about just a few of the cartoons in this issue:

P.C. Vey’s bear and couple in the woods (on page 33) made my day.

Something totally unexpected cartoon-wise is usually always good, and so it was coming upon a Jack Ziegler cartoon. Especially nice that the drawing is set in one of his favorite cartoon scenarios: a bar.

A fun Pete Mueller drawing (p.27).  Two Mueller drawings in two issues. Yay!

Ellis Rosen’s friend’s shower (p.56) is different. Like the choices of warm/cold and cold/warm.

Needed a ten second Googled refresher course with Liana Finck’s drawing (p. 60).  Not so much what her drawing means, but the meme’s origin (just curious, y’know).

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:

Am hoping to open the issue one day and see Mr. Irvin’s iconic design has returned. No dice this week. For now, there’s that re-draw. Read about the classic Irvin Talk masthead here.

Here’s the real deal:

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Some Thoughts After Seeing The James Stevenson Documentary Film, Stevenson Lost And Found

A few random thoughts after attending last night’s premiere of Sally Williams’ fab documentary film, Stevenson Lost And Found.  There are are so many moments in the film — too many to go into here — that cartoonists and people who love New Yorker cartoons will treasure.

One instance I found particularly fascinating: the animated sequence showing what might go through cartoonists brains as they sit down and begin the day’s work. We’re shown a series of cartoons covering a wide variety of subject matter. It is, for this cartoonist, a relatable experience, as the mind careens through unlimited places every morning.

Another instance: in some eye-popping sequences we’re shown images of Mr. Stevenson’s children’s books lined-up, as well as Mr. Stevenson’s New Yorker  black scrap books (shown above) kept in the magazine’s library. These books contain every single signed New Yorker contribution by Stevenson, whether it’s his writing or drawing (including covers of course).*  Most of The New Yorker’s nearly 650 cartoonists (from 1925- present) have not had their work collected in one scrap book, let alone five. **

At the screening, I was lucky enough to be seated next to the legendary artist, Edward Sorel. During one of the sequences in the film where we are grasping the enormous amount of work Stevenson did (both published and unpublished) Mr. Sorel leaned over and said to me, “Do you feel as much like an underachiever as I do?”

In a perfect cartoon world, there’d be films such as Lost And Found for a number of the magazine’s artists. It’s heartening that there is already a Thurber film out there, and an Addams documentary in the works, as well as a film about George Booth.  But how about a Steinberg documentary, and one about Steig***?  I can dream, can’t I.  For now, we are quite fortunate to have this gem on Stevenson showing on the big screen. Go see.

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* I say “signed” because The New Yorker  did not and does not scrap book cartoon ideas handled by other artists. Mr. Stevenson, early in his New Yorker career, wrote a large number of captions for some of the magazine’s artists (read about his “secret job” here).

**Artists (and writers) without an enormous amount of work are scrap booked in alphabetically  cataloged books, along with other contributors.

***A short video accompanied the Steig exhibit that ran at The Norman Rockwell exhibit.

There is a 20 minute film about Edward Sorel available here.

A 40 minute Eldon Dedini film here, 

And a short film about C.E.M. (Charles E. Martin) here.

 

 

One Of The Ones To Watch At DOC NYC Fest: “Stevenson Lost And Found”; Reminder! Peter Kuper Tonight At Greenlight; A Liana Finck Exhibit; Andy Friedman (aka Larry Hat) On Panel With Billy Joel; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Ward Sutton; Review Of Interest: “Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made The Funnies Funny”

James Stevenson Film One Of Ones To Watch At Doc NYC Fest

From Bedford + Bowery, November 6, 2019, “What To Watch At This Year’s Doc NYC Festival”

James Stevenson’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

James Stevenson Born, NYC, 1929. Died, February 17, 2017, Cos Cob, Connecticut. New Yorker work: March 10, 1956 -. Stevenson interned as an office boy at The New Yorker in the mid 1940s when he began supplying ideas for other New Yorker artists. Nine years later he was hired a full-time ideaman, given an office at the magazine and instructed not to tell anyone what he did. He eventually began publishing his own cartoons and covers as well as a ground-breaking Talk of the Town pieces (ground breaking in that the pieces were illustrated). His contributions to the magazine number over 2000. Key collections: Sorry Lady — This Beach is Private! (MacMillan, 1963), Let’s Boogie ( Dodd, Mead, 1978). Stevenson has long been a children’s book author, with roughly one hundred titles to his credit. He was a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, under the heading Lost and Found New York. Stevenson’s 2013 book, The Life, Loves and Laughs of Frank Modell, is essential.

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Mr. Kuper’s just published Heart Of Darkness is receiving rave reviews (like this one for instance).  Help him celebrate the book’s publication this evening. Info here on tonight’s appearance.

Mr. Kuper began contributing to The New Yorker in 2011.  Visit his website here.

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A Liana Finck Exhibit

The above posted this afternoon on Facebook. Ms. Finck began contributing to The New Yorker in 2013.  Visit her website here.

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Andy Friedman (aka Larry Hat) On Panel With Billy Joel

From Newsday, November 7, 2019, “Billy Joel to be panelist on LI arts- education forum”

Andy Friedman is part of a panel including Mr. Joel. Mr. Friedman, who at times has been published as “Larry Hat,”  began contributing to The New Yorker in 2001. Visit his website here.

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Political Bingo! by the one and only Ward Sutton. Mr. Sutton began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007.  Visit his website here.

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Review Of Interest: “Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made The Funnies Funny”

Posted today: Eddie Campbell’s Comics Journal review of Paul Tumey’s fun book.  Read here.