The Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of February 4, 2019

The Cover: Vegetation abounds. Here’s what the artist,Tom Gauld had to say about it.

The Cartoonists in the new issue:


The Magazine: Whenever February comes around, I begin thinking about the upcoming anniversary issue of The New Yorker, a favorite child here on this site (Spill visitors might remember this Tilley-centric piece I wrote for newyorker.com a few years back). Seeing Rea Irvin’s classic dandy this year would be such a welcome surprise. Even more of a surprise than, say, coming upon the now-famous Mandy the Mandarin duck in Central Park. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Irvin’s iconic cover. In fact, the last time was in 2011. So what will next week’s cover be: the dandy or a duck?



Article Of Interest: The New Yorker’s Cartoon Editor, Emma Allen; The Tilley Watch Online, January 14-18, 2019; Obscure Norment

From Flood, January 18, 2019, “Emma Allen Is Expanding The New Yorker’s Comic Universe” –a short interesting article about the New Yorker‘s Cartoon Editor.

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The Tilley Watch Online, January 14-18, 2019

A very Trumpian Daily Cartoon week with cartoons by Kate Curtis, Brendan Loper, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Jason Chatfield (with Scott Dooley), and online contributor, Ivan Ehlers.

And over on Daily Shouts, these were the contributing New Yorker cartoonists: Sophia Warren and Tom Chitty,

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John Norment on Attempted Bloggery

Attempted Bloggery throws its spotlight on some obscure work by New Yorker cartoonist John Norment (above).


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

John Norment ( photo above courtesy of John Norment’s niece, Mandy Teare) Born, Lebanon, Tennessee, 1911. Died, Westport, Connecticut, 1988. New Yorker work: fourteen drawings and two covers, between 1969 and 1982. Mr. Norment had a long, wide ranging career, working as assistant art director for Esquire, an an editor of 1000 Jokes Magazine and For Laughing Out Loud at Dell. Later, one issue of a magazine called A Million Laughs. He was very instrumental publishing Gahan Wilson’s early work.* More information about his life and work can be found here: johnnorment.com/about.htm

The Tilley Watch Online, November 5-9, 2018; Site Of Interest: A New Yorker State Of Mind; Short Interview Of Interest: Art Spiegelman

The emphasis was, of course(!), on the political this week, with at least half of the Daily Cartoons specifically Trump-centered (Farley Katz‘s Amazon drawing referencing hometown baseball and  “Midnight Cowboy” (?) was an exception).  The other contributing New Yorker cartoonists were Ellis Rosen, Kim Warp, Lars Kenseth, Brendan Loper, and Mort Gerberg.

Over on Daily Shouts, Olivia de Recat and Tom Chitty were the contributing New Yorker cartoonists (Ms. de Recat twice).

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Site Of Interest: A New Yorker State Of Mind

The always entertaining and enlightening A New Yorker State Of Mind: Reading Every Issue Of The New Yorker looks at the issue of October 26, 1929 (with Theodore Haupt’s beautiful cover). Key quote from this post:

Although two months remained in the decade, the New Yorker of the Roaring Twenties effectively ended with this issue, just days before a massive market crash sent the nation spiraling into the Great Depression.

Read here

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Short Interview Of Interest: Art Spiegelman

From the University of Southern California’s Daily Trojan, November 9, 2018, “Art Spiegelman on comic-book stardom and the responsibility of today’s artists”

 

 

The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of October 22-26, 2018

A semi-Trumpian week on the Daily Cartoon, with contributing New Yorker cartoonists, Tom Chitty, Peter Kuper, Trevor Spaulding, and Jeremy Nguyen.

And these are the New Yorker cartoonists who contributed to the week’s Daily Shouts: Barbara Smaller, Mimi Pond, Jeremy Nguyen with Colin Stokes Jason Adam Katzenstein (with Phil McAndrew), Olivia de Recat (with Manuel Herrera), and David Ostow.

— You can see all of the above work, and more here.

 

The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of September 24, 2018

The Cover:

Adriane Tomine returns with a cover steeped in dreams. Read about it here. The cover appears related, in color palette and style, to last week’s cover, by Chris Ware. They even share a large circular object hovering along the right side of the frame  (Mr. Ware’s is a tree, Mr. Tomine’s a logo).

The Cartoons:

Two pieces of good news. There are 18 cartoons in the issue. We haven’t seen this many in an issue since May 14th, when there were 19. Perhaps the surge to 18 is a result of this being the “Entertainment Issue” –or maybe it’s just one of those things.

The other piece of good news is that many of the cartoons — more so than in any issue in recent memory —  are given a lot of breathing room on the page. P.C. Vey’s cartoon is a good example, as is Zach Kanin’s, Seth Fleishman’s, Tom Chitty’s, and Barbara Smaller’s. Most of the other cartoons also seem to occupy more space than has been the case; just a few seem squeezed in.

If the Spill was in the business of handing out blue ribbons like they do over on the Cartoon Companion, one would be pinned on Bruce Eric Kaplan’s drawing (p. 61). Also of note: Lars Kenseth’s log flume ride drawing (p.78).

Update:  Sadly, Rea Irvin’s classic masthead (below) is still in mothballs.  Read about it here.