Despite some internet challenges here at the Spill‘s temporary headquarters, I’m going to attempt a Monday Tilley Watch…
The Cover: The debut cover by artist, Grace Lynne Haynes. Read Francoise Mouly’s Q&A with her here.
One of my favorite issues of the year, every year, is the early August New Yorker (in this instance, we have an early-and-mid August issue). It has always brought me back to the days I brought my batch of weekly submissions into the magazines offices (then at 25 West 43rd St.)…the city was slumbering by early August — though nowhere near as quiet as it is these days, the sidewalks sticky (or stickier than usual), the Times Square subway station a hazy humid hell pit. The magazine’s offices seemed quieter (if that’s possible), everyone moving in slow motion. The magazine’s covers then often reflected that drowsiness. Of course, this August, with remote officing (is that a word?), the magazine’s offices at One World Trade Center are in freeze frame, but here’s hoping that that changes sooner than later.
Flipping through the latest issue (digitally) before looking at the above list of cartoonists, it was great fun coming across so many drawings. Perhaps there is an average of 14 in any given issue — there are 18 here. I was thrilled to see a beach cartoon (by Chris Weyant) right up front — shades of August issues past!
There are a number of tried and true cartoon situations in this issue (some call them “tropes” — a word that makes me think of gnomes for some reason…which is why I say “situations.” Not that I have a problem with gnomes. I don’t. I once drove from New York to Massachusetts just to buy a cement garden gnome — slightly similar to the ones you see on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album cover. Still have it). The second cartoon — it’s by Amy Hwang — is of mice speaking near their arched entry into a room. It’s a situation beloved by cartoonists (I’ve never done one that works). Ms. Hwang’s is a gem. Liana Finck’s cartoon (it follows Ms. Hwang’s) plays on Waiting For Godot — this isn’t as common a go-to situation as the mice, but if I was a betting cartoonist, I’d bet many of us have given it a Godot (I mean go…sorry). David Sipress’s very funny drawing employs the reliable cartoon situation of the guy crawling across a desert. Really enjoy that slightly frantic hurried forward movement of the bicyclist.
Of the other drawings in the issue that caught my eye: Paul Noth’s talking dog cartoon is terrif. Mr. Noth’s specialty is the super-duper pointed caption. Tom Toro’s end of the wall drawing is graphically appealing — I love drawings that are this confident. Great caption as well. Ed Steed gives us yet another Steedian moment. It’s just plain funny — what more could one ask for. A Bruce Eric Kaplan wraps up the issue cartoon-wise (not counting the Caption Contest page cartoons). Mr. Kaplan’s cartoon world never fails.
A newbie in this issue, Jody Zellman, is the 12th new addition to The New Yorker‘s stable this year, and the 61st new cartoonist brought in under Emma Allen’s cartoon editorship, begun in May of 2017.
The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:
The above Rea Irvin Talk masthead design is by now familiar to readers of The Monday Tilley Watch who make it to the end of this post. It was once seen weekly by millions of The New Yorker‘s readership over the eight decades it appeared in the magazine. It was replaced by a redraw in 2017.
Shown: Rea Irvin, who The New Yorker owes so much. Would you be happy if someone redrew your classic design? Read more about that here.
Zoomin’ Cartoonists Panel!
Tomorrow at 5:30 join New Yorker cartoonists, Edward Koren, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Bob Eckstein, and Michael Shaw for a Norman Rockwell Museum zoom panel discussion, “Finding Funny In A Screwed-Up World: A Conversation With New Yorker Cartoonists”