The Weekend Spill: Today’s Culture Desk Cartoonist; The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of June 15-19, 2020; A New Yorker State Of Mind Looks At The Issue Of May 23, 1931

Today’s Culture Desk Cartoonist

From Ali Fitzgerald, The Dad Archive.

Ms. Fitzgerald began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.

A brief bio of Ms. Fitzgerald here

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The Tilley Watch Online, June 15-19, 2020

An end of week listing of New Yorker artists who have contributed to newyorker.com online features

The Daily Cartoon: Tim Hamilton (twice), Adam Douglas Thompson, Drew Panckeri, J.A.K..

Daily Shouts: Eugenia Viti.

… Barry Blitt’s Kvetchbook: The Mustache Of Damocles,

and Losing Their Heads.

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A New Yorker State Of Mind Looks At The May 23, ’31 Issue

A Spill fave blog deep dives into an 89 year old issue. Cover by the great Garrett Price (one of 99 he’d eventually contribute during his 49 year run at The New Yorker  th– his first was in August of 1925).

Time travel into the past here.

 

Mr. Price’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Garrett Price ( Photo source: Esquire Cartoon Album, 1957) Born, 1897, Bucyrus, Kansas. Died, April, 1979, Norwalk, Conn. Collection: Drawing Room Only / A Book of Cartoons (Coward -McCann, 1946). NYer work: 1925 -1974.

Video Of Interest: Two Cartoonists Draw, Among Other Things, Whales & A Vole; Fave Photo Of The Day: Roz Chast On NYC Subway; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Two Cartoonists Draw, Among Other Things, Whales & A Vole

Courtesy of The Society Of Illustrators this nearly hour long video of Liza Donnelly in her studio.  Half way through I stopped by to draw with her on a big sheet of paper.

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Fave Photo Of The Day: Roz Chast On NYC Subway

Ms. Chast, back in NYC, has posted this selfie on Instagram.

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Tim Hamilton on the upcoming Trump rally.

Mr. Hamilton began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.

The American Bystander’s Michael Gerber Wants To Know; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

 

 

The American Bystander’s Michael Gerber Wants To Know

Michael Gerber, the fellow behind the wonderful American Bystander is asking if anyone out there knows when the first cartoon caption contest began. Mr. Gerber passed along the one shown below from The Yale Record (I’ve been told it’s from 1918, but I see the artist dated it 1921).

So…does anyone know of an earlier cartoon caption contest (magazine, newspaper)?  

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Tim Hamilton on time travel. Mr. Hamilton began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.

Visit his website here.

 

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).

 

 

The Wednesday Watch: Al Frueh’s Stage Folk; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Al Frueh’s Stage Folk

Here’s a true oddity, and an expensive one at that: Al Frueh’s Stage Folk: A Book of Caricatures, published in 1922. A copy  went for a little over a thousand bucks when sold by Hakes Auction in 2010.

I know what some of you might think: The New Yorker didn’t begin publishing until 1925, so why is a book published in 1922 of interest. Some Frueh context:

The very first cartoon in the very first issue of The New Yorker was by Al Frueh.* He was also responsible for the magazine’s second cover.** He never had another, but in his case perhaps once was enough as he was to carve out a space and a place in the magazine for nearly four decades (1925-1962) as its theatrical caricaturist (according to this Illustration Age piece, Frueh “contributed four hundred and seventy theatre caricatures and some four hundred other illustrations and cartoons for the magazine”).

His four hundred and seventy theatre caricatures brings us back to Stage Folk, published three years before Frueh began his long run at The New Yorker.  As explained by Frueh himself in the Hakes copy, he hand printed all but one of the 37 prints in the book, which was limited to 500 copies. Frueh’s work in Stage Folk  (which I assume appeared in the New York World, his home before The New Yorker) is the same wonderful minimalist flowing style The New Yorker readership enjoyed for so many years. Two examples from Stage Folk: below, left, Ethel Barrymore, and right, George M. Cohan.

* and **: Below left, Mr. Frueh’s drawing in the first issue of The New Yorker, February 21, 1925; below right, Frueh’s cover for the magazine’s second issue, February 28, 1925.

More Frueh

For those wanting more about Frueh, there’s Frueh On The Theatre: Theatrical Caricatures 1906-1962, a catalog from The New York Public Library, published in 1972  (preface by Brendan Gill).

 

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Tim Hamilton on secret tactics.

Mr. Hamilton has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016. Visit his website here.