As mentioned here the other day, there’s a brand new book about Playboy humor; the subtitle of Playboy Laughs is The Comedy, Comedians and Cartoons of Playboy. From this past August, here’s Gil Roth’s Virtual Memories Show interview with the author, Patty Farmer.
— thanks to my colleague Bob Eckstein for reminding me about this Virtual Memories episode.
An Arnie Levin Interview
In this latest installment of Gil Roth’s remarkable string of interviews with cartoonists and illustrators, he speaks with the great Arnie Levin, whose drawings and covers are in league with some of the best the New Yorker has published. Below: a classic Levin drawing from the issue of October 5, 1998.
Hear the interview here.
Photo: Gil Roth and Arnie Levin
Never Judge A Cartoon Collection By Its Cover
This book is probably the most tattered in the Spill‘s cartoon library, but it is also one of the most treasured. While browsing the humor sections of used bookstores I’ve a habit of looking at every cartoon collection on the shelf (or shelves), no matter the condition, and no matter whether or not I already have a copy at home — you never know what might be inside. In this case, the surprise was an original signed drawing by James Stevenson. The collection, Sorry, Lady — This Beach Is Private! was published by Macmillan in 1963.
New Yorker cover artist, Seth (Gregory Gallant) returns to Gil Roth’s Virtual Memories podcast. Hear it here. And while you’re there check out Mr. Roth’s archive of interviews with other cartoonists, including, among others, these New Yorker contributors: Edward Koren, Roz Chast, Sam Gross, Liza Donnelly, R.O. Blechman, Peter Kuper, and John Cuneo.
We have not heard the last of the cartoonist, Buford Tune (mentioned here yesterday). To the left is a snippet of a Tune cover that has surfaced courtesy of Columbia University’s Karen Green. See the entire cover over at Attempted Bloggery.
Here, by way of Danny Shanahan, who donates most generously to the Spill‘s archives, is a box of Le Pen markers with an understated New Yorker connection.
Gil Roth continues his remarkable string of cartoonist/illustrator interviews — this week he speaks with the great R. O. Blechman. One of my all-time favorite Blechman New Yorker covers (and one of my favorite all-time New Yorker covers, period) is shown to the left. (photo credit: Gil Roth)
Listen to the podcast here.
Link here to Mr. Blechman’s website
With Esquire suddenly in the cartoon conversation, Mike Lynch takes a look at some of the work and cartoonists that appeared there in days of yore. Read it here.
And speaking of magazines that once ran cartoons, Playboy seemingly has recently returned to the fold. Tom Toro posted this cartoon on Instagram, writing, “My cartoon in the current issue of @playboy”:
New Yorker cover artist, John Cuneo, whose new book Not Waving But Drawing has just been published, is the subject of Gil Roth’s latest Virtual Memories podcast. Hear it here!