Back to a single issue, but not for long. Just one more single week issue before we have another double: dated August 6 & 13. Ah summertime.
This is the first issue of The New Yorker in 23 years without Tom Bachtell’s Talk of The Town illustrations. The illustrations are handled this week by Joao Fazenda. His work, at least going by the illustrations in this issue, seem in the vicinity of the school of Bachtell. Otto Soglow’s terrific drawings remain, as they have for quite some time, sort of alternating between the modern contributor’s work.
From the Dept. of Just Sayin’ :
18 illustrations this week. Three of those full page, and an additional illustration that is a page-and-a-half.
14 cartoons, none full page.
Good sizing/placement of the cartoons this week, with just one drawing that, to my eyes, could’ve used a bit more breathing room (i.e., run larger): Ed Steed’s very nice bees in cars cartoon. Perhaps it reads better in the print version (I’m seeing the digital issue, both on a laptop and a tablet).
Of note in the issue: a Glen Baxter drawing! Even better: it’s a Glen Baxter cowboy drawing! If the Spill gave out best of the issue awards like the fellas do over on Cartoon Companion, Mr. Baxter’s would be pinned with a ribbon.
Irvin Talk Update:
Rea Irvin’s iconic masthead for The Talk of The Town is still missing (a re-drawn version replaced it. Yes, a re-drawn version. Read about that here). This is what the original looks like:
And that’s that, til next week.