The “New Yorker Cartoonists’ Tribute To James Thurber” scheduled for this coming Friday has been postponed. When there’s a new date, you’ll see it here.
At The Society of Illustrators this coming Friday, October 25th, New Yorker cartoonists Liza Donnelly, Danny Shanahan, and Michael Maslin will join Thurber expert Michael J. Rosen in celebrating The Art of James Thurber. All the info here.
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/
An end of the week listing of New Yorker cartoonist online contributors
The Daily Cartoon: Maddie Dai, Joe Dator, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Peter Kuper, and Tom Toro.
Daily Shouts: Eugenia Viti, and (cover artist) Jenny Kroik.
Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook…
and a Postscript by Edward Koren on the late Dana Fradon.
Donnelly & Thurber’s Influence
From The Cleveland Plain Dealer (cleveland.com), September 1, 2019, “James Thurber continues to influence today’s cartoonists” — this piece by Marilyn Greenwald
A Thurber Anniversary Event At The Society Of Illustrators
From The Society Of Illustrators, this notice of a Thurber event this coming October. Coinciding with the 125th birthday celebration publication of Collected Fables and A Mile And A Half Of Lines: The Art Of James Thurber and the extensive exhibit of Thurber art in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
The evening, hosted by Michael Rosen (author, editor, illustrator, and founding director of The Thurber House) will include long-time New Yorker contributors, Danny Shanahan, Liza Donnelly, and yours truly.
The Daily Cartoon: Trevor Spaulding, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Emily Flake, David Sipress, and Tim Hamilton.
Daily Shouts: Liana Finck (another in her “Dear Pepper” series), Ali Fitzgerald, Olivia de Recat (with Julia Edelman),
…And: Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook returned; cover artist Jenny Kroik contributed a piece, “New York: En Espanol” to The Culture Desk.
You can see all of the above and more here.
Interview Of Interest: Seth
From The Comics Beat, August 30, 2019, Alex Dueben interviews New Yorker cover artist, Seth. Read it here.
Seth (real name: Gregory Gallant) began contributing to The New Yorker in 2002.
Chris Ware In Conversation With Chip Kidd, Sept. 25th
Designer Chip Kidd sits down with Chis Ware on September 25th in Oak Park, Illinois to discuss Mr. Ware’s soon-to-be-released graphic novel, Rusty Brown (Pantheon) . All the details here.
Mr. Ware began contributing to The New Yorker in 1999.
A New York Times Pauline Kael 100th Birthday Graphic Tribute
From The New York Times, June 19, 2019, “Happy Birthday, Pauline Kael, My Old Foe” — this graphic piece by Nathan Gelgud.
Ms. Kael began writing for The New Yorker in 1967. She retired in 1991.
Additional birthday reading: “The Electrifying Critical Mind Of Pauline Kael” by David Remnick.
The Spectator’s Cartoon Editor On The Death Of Political Cartoons
Michael Heath on the recent New York Times decision …and a few New Yorker tidbits tossed in as well.
A piece of interest from The Comics Journal, June 19, 2019, by Bill Kartalopoulos: “Getting Weirdo At The Society Of illustrators” (various New Yorker contributors mentioned).
Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon
On the beach with Farley Katz, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2007.
Interview Of Interest: Arnie Levin
Here’s a terrific interview with the one-and-only Arnie Levin on Jane Mattimoe’s Case For Pencil’s blog.
This is the perfect opportunity to post my all-time favorite Arnie Levin drawing. It appeared in The New Yorker‘s October 5th, 1998 issue.
Mr. Levin began contributing to The New Yorker in 1974. See some of his New Yorker work here on the magazine’s Cartoon Bank site.
Celebration of Interest: The Book Of Weirdo
From the Society of Illustrators site:
The Society is pleased to celebrate the release of The Book of Weirdo, a massive retrospective of Robert Crumb’s 1980’s magazine WEIRDO, published by Last Gasp and written by Jon B. Cooke. Please join us for a panel discussion by fellow WEIRDO contributor Drew Friedman and the author, alongside special guests WEIRDO contributors John Holmstrom, Art Spiegelman, Kim Deitch, Glenn Head, Mark Newgarden. A book signing will follow.
Today’s Daily Cartoon/Cartoonist
J.A.K. on Trump in London. Mr. K. began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.