The Cover: A circus acrobat practicing on a high bar (this is “The Health Issue”). Read what the cover artist, Kenton Nelson, has to say about it here.
Seventeen cartoonists (the duo effort counted as one cartoonist unit), with one, Adam Douglas Thompson, making his New Yorker print debut. Mr. Thompson is the 6th new cartoonist of the year, and the 30th brought in under Emma Allen’s cartoon editorship, kicked-off in May of 2017.
The duo of Adam Cooper and Mat Barton first appeared in the magazine in 2014.
The Spill applause icon is standing by for a few of the drawings in the issue:
Pia Guerra’s fab Charles Addamsesque drawing on page 79. Seeing it this morning drove me back to looking through a number of Addams’ collections (see below). If there have ever been geniuses in our stable, he’s one.
Two pages later, Zach Kanin also delivers an Addamsesque drawing. A wonderful cartoon.
Applause and an observation regarding Brendan Loper’s laundry drawing on page 70: both the drawing and the reader’s appreciation of the drawing would benefit from a drawing as cinematic as this appearing larger on the page. It’s given a decent space, but why not even more? (illustrations continue to have more exposure. There are 6 full (or nearly full) page illustrations in the issue).
Here, by the way, are the Addams collections I looked through this morning:
Finally, as always, here’s Rea Irvin’s mothballed classic Talk masthead (you can read about it here):
Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon