Liza Donnelly At The 31st Festival National Des Humoristes; Profile Of Interest: Al Frueh; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Liza Donnelly, who began contributing to The New Yorker 40 years ago this year, will be at the 31st Festival National des Humoristes in Tours this coming week. Ms. Donnelly’s poster for the festival appears above.

Here’s the info, in English, on Ms. Donnelly  from the Festival’s website:

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Profile Of Interest: Al Frueh

Here’s a short but informative profile by Alex Jay of Al Frueh ( Frueh is pronounced “free”) from Stripper’s Guide.

Mr. Frueh, contributed to The New Yorker from its very first issue. His first cover was the magazine’s second cover (shown above).

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Tim Hamilton (lately riding a Daily roll) on Trump

Mr. Hamilton began contributing to The New Yorker in 2015. Visit his website here.

 

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon…And Yesterday’s; A Q&A With Bob Eckstein; Spiegelman, Marvel, and the “Orange Skull”

A Back to school  Daily by Mark Thompson. Mr. Thompson began contributing to The New Yorker in 2010.

Tim Hamilton delivered yesterday’s very Planet of the Apes-ish Daily. Mr. Hamilton began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016. Visit his website here.

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A Q&A With Bob Eckstein

A short Q&A marking Bob Eckstein’s return to the Annual Writer’s Digest Conference.  Read it here.

Mr. Eckstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007.  He is, among many other things, the world’s greatest snowman expert.  Visit his website here.

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 Spiegelman, Marvel, and the “Orange Skull”


Art Spiegelman of Maus fame (and a former contributor to The New Yorker) is in the news again. Read all about it here on Bado’s Blog and in The Guardian.

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of August 26, 2019

The Cover: Way to go, Ed Steed! Mr. Steed’s debut New Yorker cover is a gem.  See the cover and read this short interview about it with Mr. Steed.

It’s always a thrill, and always a reason to cheer when a New Yorker cartoonist’s work appears on the cover. Our presence there took a major hit once the singular title of art editor (last enjoyed by Lee Lorenz) was split in two back in the Tina Brown era. One job became two jobs: a cartoon editor for the cartoons, and an art editor for the covers. For the better part of the magazine’s history, the cartoonists were in the majority as cover contributors (over 60%). That dropped to a single digit percentage in the years since the cover editor’s position was created. Mr. Steed’s breakthrough is encouraging.

The Cartoonists & Cartoons:

A Spill round of applause for several cartoons in the issue that caught my eye: Tim Hamilton’s lion at a party (p.65) is a stand out. Perhaps I’m a sucker for drawings depicting a person held in clenched jaws.  I’m also quite fond of P.C. Vey’s worked-his-way-up-the-ladder chef in a cubicle (p.63). Mr. Vey has given us a very good drawing. Lila Ash’s trapeze artists (p.79) are also a lot of fun; the drawing clicks perfectly with a caption that heavily depends — even more so than usual in this case — on timing.

The over-all cartoon picture for the issue: Just ten cartoons amid a multitude of illustrations (four of the illustrations are full page). I wonder if my colleagues ever submit cartoons as intended full page drawings. Something to ask next time we gather en masse.

Breathing room around the cartoons is good this issue. Frank Cotham’s drawing (p.52) could’ve used a bit more space so we can appreciate and dive into all that’s going on in his court room. Perhaps, as is sometimes the case, that’s not an issue in the print issue.

Rea Irvin’s Talk Masthead:  It’s been twenty-seven months since it was abandoned in favor of a (gasp!) redraw. Read about it here.

Here’s the real thing:

 

 

 

The Weekend Spill: Fave Photo Of The Day: Gerberg & Booth; Thurber’s Art Celebrated!; The Tilley Watch Online; Event Of Interest: Roz Chast

Fave Photo Of The Day

Courtesy of Sarah Booth, this fab photo of New Yorker artists Mort Gerberg and George Booth, taken this past Friday following Mr. Gerberg’s gig playing Cole Porter’s piano at The New York Historical Society.

Mr. Gerberg began contributing to The New Yorker in 1965.

Mr. Booth began contributing to The New Yorker in 1969.

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Thurber’s Art Celebrated!

Thurbermaniacs rejoice! Besides two new Thurber books (shown below), there is The Columbus Museum of Art exhibit,  “A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber” — according to The Columbus Dispatch, it’s “the first major and largest exhibit of its kind” of Thurber’s drawings. The exhibit will not tour, so catch it while you can. There is also a terrific new Thurber website from Michael J. Rosen, who’s central to this 125th anniversary celebration.  Visit the Thurber site here.

James 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/

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Here’s a roundup of the week’s New Yorker cartoonist contributors to the Daily Cartoon and Daily Shouts.*

Daily Cartoon: Peter Kuper (twice in the week), Joe Dator, Tim Hamilton, Barry Blitt (a Daily Bonus cartoon), and J.A.K.

Daily Shouts: Emily Flake (with David Bradley Isenberg), Liana Finck (another installment of her “Dear Pepper” series), and Sara Lautman.

* a new (?) entry by Barry Blitt — outside of the Daily headings — appeared this week: Blitt’s Kvetchbook (not to be confused with “Barry Blitt’s Sketchbook” published in Graydon Carter’s  Air Mail).

 

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Event of Interest: Roz Chast

Ms. Chast, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1978,  will speak at The Museum of The City of New York in October. Details here.

Audio Of Interest: About Thurber’s 125th Anniversary Exhibit, Books; A Bonus Daily Cartoon; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Audio Of Interest: About Thurber’s 125th Anniversary Exhibit, Books

Michael Rosen (shown above), the fellow key to the festivities surrounding the 125th anniversary of Thurber’s birth, talks to Thurber’s hometown newspaper’s “Newsroom” about the events tied-in to the anniversary. Hear it here.

And here’s a calendar of Thurber events

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A Bonus Daily Cartoon & Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

See Barry Blitt’s Bonus Daily here. Mr. Blitt has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1992.  A link to his website

Today’s Daily cartoon, politicians and food at the Iowa State Fair, is by Tim Hamilton, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2015.