The Monday Tilley Watch: The New Yorker Issue Of July 27, 2020

The Cover:

The cover, by Christoph Niemann, has a kind of mid-summer feel to it (however, its title, “Voices of Change” tells us (and in this case, I guess we need to be informed) it doesn’t have a thing to do with something that simple.

In fact, this is a themed issue of The New Yorker, headed “Voices Of American Dissent: An Archival Issue.”

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

Fourteen cartoons, two with kids at home. The first of those, and the first in the issue (it’s on page 21), is by the fab P.C. Vey. A really fine funny drawing. The second kids at home drawing is by Harry Bliss (sans sometime collaborator, Steve Martin*). It’s a use your inside voice drawing (I wonder if there have been enough use your inside voice cartoons to fill a collection)…Lars Kenseth’s magician on stage (page 64) is terrif as well. Funny, and yes, deep…Really like Roz Chast’s glue drawing (p.48).  Excellent usage of “…all falls to pieces”…Always so great to see an Edward Koren drawing (p.43)– especially, as is the case with this one, there are Koren animals (five of them I think) making an appearance. Really good sizing of that drawing, and the others mentioned. They look just right on the page.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch

You’re seeing Rea Irvin’s iconic Talk masthead design here because you’re not seeing it in the magazine. It was replaced in the Spring of 2017 by a — gasp! — redraw. Read more about all of this here.

For those who might think: give it up, Maslin. I hold out hope that Mr. Irvin’s iconic masthead will return. What gives me hope is that a number of “tweaks” in recent years have been undone. An example: for a short while the Table of Contents typeface was moved into a hybrid: the so-called Irvin typeface alongside another typeface (sorry, I don’t know its “name”). The result looked like this (from the issue of November 17, 2014):

Thankfully(!), this neo-New York Magazine typeface was abandoned and the Irvin typeface returned, as we see here:

If  bringing back the typeface that contains the magazine’s dna is possible (and it was)– than bringing back the Talk Of The Town masthead, drawn by, and designed by the artist whose graphic dna is all through The New Yorker, well — that’s possible too.


*Mr. Bliss and Mr. Martin’s collaborative cartoon efforts are in book form, A Wealth Of Pigeons ( Celadon Books) out this November 17th.




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