The Monday Tilley Watch: The New Yorker Issue Of August 31, 2020; Must-See Zoom Panel with Roxie Munro, Marc Rosenthal, Liza Donnelly, Elwood Smith; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

The Cover: Gayle Kabaker’s lone surfer seems to hit the right mood as we close in on Labor Day (the unofficial end of Summer?).  Read a brief Q&A with her here.

The Cartoonists:

There are two duos, one of them new to the magazine: Julia Leigh & Phillip Day. Sophie Lucido Johnson & Sammi Skolmoski, the other duo made their debut in this past June 1st issue.  The newbie duo (I count duos as one cartoonist) are the 13th new addition to The New Yorker cartoonist stable this year, and the 66th new addition under Emma Allen’s cartoon editorship, begun in May of 2017. Lillie Harris is also a newbie.  Mx. Harris is the 67th addition to the magazine’s stable, and the 14th new cartoonist to debut this year.

The Cartoons:

Eighteen cartoons by eighteen cartoonists. In a departure from mentioning only eye-catching work, I’m going to hang out in the air conditioning for awhile on this hot & humid day and go through all the cartoons, commenting briefly on each…

The first cartoon in the issue, by veteran contributor, Liza Donnelly, recalls, in a way, her very first cartoon sold to the magazine back in 1979 (making use of Cezanne’s four elements)….Maddie Dai, (contributing since 2017) gives us a parent taking charge of pool-party contact-tracing….followed by a Kendra Allenby (2016) drawing on Monkish extra charges….J.A.K. (2014) with what at first glance appeared to be summer camp of cottages, but maybe/probably not — it doesn’t really matter: the caption and the message in the night sky are the focus….and speaking of summer camps, the newbie duo of Leigh & Day show us a (well-drawn) very very little house — but not a tiny house!

Up next is Charlie Hankin (2013) with what could be a real-life situation carried out in six panels  — so good to see a multi-panel!…Mr. Hankin’s six-parter is followed by a Diffee (1999) banjo drawing.

Drew Panckeri (2015) up next with a scary campfire story about the mail….then a Ben Schwartz (2011) drawing that, for me, vaguely recalls Charles Addams’s famous drawing of a woman running down the beach calling out,“George! George! Drop the keys!”  up to her husband who is being carried away by a large bird, seen only as a shadow on the beach (it was published in The New Yorker August 28, 1948…I’d show it to you but I don’t want to run afoul of the Addams estate).

Next is a Roz Chast (1978) magazine cover (“Shocking Revelations”); I bet Ms. Chast, a veteran contributor, could do an entire collection of these by now….Ms. Chast’s drawing is followed by the second duo effort in the issue: a barnyard gift-giving moment….then Akeem Roberts (2019) with a relationship in the time of covid drawing. Up next: Evan Lian (2019) with an impatient club-wielding co-worker…Sofia Warren (2017) goes outside where the fishin’ is good (at least for one guy).

After Ms. Warren’s cartoon is one by veteran contributor (along with Ms, Donnelly and Ms. Chast) Mick Stevens (1979) who mashes tortoise & hare & technology. Take away his rabbit’s rabbit ears and give it dog ears and you’ve almost got yourself an Arnie Levin/George Booth dog. Funny.

Ed Steed’s patented folks are next — they’re happily hiding. The aforementioned Lillie Harris debut drawing is next, followed by a dining-out see no, hear no, speak no evil monkey drawing by Navied Mahdavian ((2018).

See all of the above (new) cartoons here on the magazine’s Slide Show.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch:

Read about this beautiful graphic piece here. It was sadly(!) mothballed in 2017.


A Tuesday Norman Rockwell Museum Zoom Panel Of Interest: Cartoonists And The Picturebook

Join (above, l-r) Liza Donnelly, Elwood Smith, Roxie Munro, and Marc Rosenthal tomorrow evening at 5:30 as they, according to the NRM’s site, “talk about writing and drawing books for children and the role of humor plays in the many books they’ve authored.” All The Info Here, including bios of the panelists.


Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Jon Adams on where to work next after leaving The White House.

Mr. Adams began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017.

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