The Cover: Nice to be back to the weekly…those double issue weeks seems endless. So fun to be greeted by Wayne Thiebaud’s ice cream cone cover when the digital issue filled-in on the screen. Read a Q&A with the artist here.
Fifteen cartoonists, fifteen cartoons. Generally speaking, more than half are placed well on the page — a few feel a bit squished to me (but hey, I always want the cartoons to take up more real estate. So sue me). Three cartoons especially caught my eye. The master, Edward Koren, gives us another gem — an up to the minute (cultural) beautiful drawing. Liana Finck has a nice play on the bedside prayer — a go-to situation that we don’t see too often anymore. (Lee Lorenz, and so many others excelled at it). Zach Kanin delivers a fun moment with a couple of butter-churning historic villager re-enacters. A terrif drawing all around. And can’t leave without mentioning Lars Kenseth’s hysterical Scandinavian police officers.
The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:
This news of a possible change of Conde Nast’s address (back to midtown Manhattan?) will perhaps provide the perfect opportunity to bring back the classic Irvin Talk masthead (above) missing since May of 2017 when it was replaced (!) by a redraw(!) of Mr. Irvin’s design. The redraw incorporated 1 WTC. Read more about the masthead here.
Ali Solomon is today’s Daily Cartoonist. See her back-to-school drawing here.
Ms. Solomon began contributing to The New Yorker in November of 2018.
Here’s another virtual panel from The Norman Rockwell Museum tied into their current exhibit of Liza Donnelly’s work, “Comic Relief. ” Join Ms. Donnelly and the panel tomorrow evening at 5:30.
From the Museum’s page:
Explore the work of cartoonists who use their passion for cartooning and social justice to inspire consideration of global issues and human rights through art. Panelists Liza Donnelly, Ann Telnaes, and Ed Hall are members of Cartooning for Peace, a group of international cartoonists working in support of world peace. The organization was envisioned in 2005 by French cartoonist Jean Plantu, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, and other who believe in in the communicative power of the cartoon medium.
From Medium, August 9, 2020, “Interview With Jason Chatfield: President @ National Cartoonists Society, Cartoonist For The New Yorker, & Syndicated Strip Ginger Meggs” — a fun quick read.
The Spill does disagree with one thing Mr. Chatfield says in the piece, and wishes to clarify another:
“(Although, back in the day there was a ‘house style’ and New Yorker cartoonists would often illustrate other peoples’ gags.)”
The New Yorker never had a “house style” — if anything it was (and still is) anti-house style. The variety of its art has always been its strength. I think its important to be clear as well that some New Yorker cartoonists illustrated other peoples’ ideas in the past, but certainly not all (a few contemporary New Yorker cartoonists illustrate other peoples ideas).