Politics reigns in New Yorker’s Cartoon Issue.


Out now: The 2012 New Yorker Cartoon Issue.  This is the 15th year the Cartoon Issue has appeared. That first issue, dated December 15, 1997, featured a cover collage of cartoonists’ work, a fold out Arnold Newman photograph of forty-one of the magazine’s cartoonists and one of my all-time favorite Jack Ziegler cartoons (it appeared in the Comment section). Also in that issue, under the heading Cartoonists was an alphabetical list of and mini-bio for each artist. If you don’t have a copy, it’s well worth seeking out.

The latest installment features a politically themed cover by Roz Chast (her 2nd Cartoon Issue cover, her first appeared in 1999). This Cartoon Issue veers from its predecessors in that its cover, cartoons and cartoon spreads are predominantly politically themed.

One non-political full page stands out:  Joe Dator’s “How We Do It” A week in the life of a New Yorker Cartoonist. Of note: Aline & R. Crumb reappear (Mr. Crumb made news in 2010 when he said he’d “never work for The New Yorker again”). Also of note: Andy Friedman, whose cartoons hitherto appeared in the magazine under the pseudonym Larry Hat (his New Yorker illustrations appear under his own name), appears here under his own name.


Here’s a full rundown of the cartoonists (and, in one case, a cartoon collaborator) featured in the issue:

Cover: Roz Chast

Spreads and full pages: Aline & R. Crumb, Joe Dator, Alex Gregory, Zachary Kanin, Ruben Bolling, Barry Blitt, Simon Rich & Farley Katz

Cartoons: Paul Karasik, Ariel Molvig, Barbara Smaller, Tom Toro, Andy Friedman, Joe Dator, Charles Barsotti, Lee Lorenz, Liam Francis Walsh, William Haefeli, John O’Brien, Danny Shanahan, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Zachary Kanin, Michael Crawford, Frank Cotham, Christopher Weyant, Farley Katz, Kim Warp, Paul Noth,  Carolita Johnson





Mick Stevens’ dots, Facebook and The New Yorker


By now the whoop-dee-doo over Facebook’s temporary shutdown of The New Yorker’s Facebook page over a cartoon (seen above) by Mick Stevens has been covered by a multitude of sites.  If you missed the story check out  these posts: first, the New Yorker’s cartoon editor’s blog,  this Daily News post, and finally, this post from The Daily Mail (UK).


The Daily News article mentions that several websites were under the impression that Stevens’ redrawn clothed Adam and Eve cartoon (above) was an effort by The New Yorker to appease Facebook.  Ink Spill contacted the cartoonist today and asked how the second drawing came about and what its intention was. So, here’s Mick Stevens, with the last word on what he calls “those dots.”

“Bob [Mankoff] emailed me when the Facebook thing happened and asked me if I would do a version with Adam and Eve clothed, just for contrast and for use in a possible future blog…some folks got the idea though that we did the second version to satisfy our new censors at Facebook, which isn’t the case.”