The Fiction/Childhood Issue? Well that’s what it says, in red and black on the Table of Contents:
First, the paperwork:
See that beautiful masthead just above? It was drawn and designed by Rea Irvin. It’s been missing since Spring of last year after appearing in the New Yorker for 92 years. It was replaced last year by a redrawn version (redrawn by Christoph Niemann). Here’s hoping that one day Mr. Irvin’s work will be returned and replace the replacement. If you wish to read more on the original and the replacement and see their elements compared side-by-side, link here.
From the Dept. of Just Sayin’
There are 22 Illustrations in this week’s issue (that includes photographs, but does not include Tom Bachtell’s wonderful drawings appearing in the Talk of The Town, nor does it include the Spot drawings appearing throughout the issue). 6 of the illustrations are full page. There are 14 cartoons (none full page).
And now to the issue’s cartoons. Here are the cartoonists whose work appears this week:
As is becoming customary, I’m going to mention just a few cartoons instead of looking at each in the issue. The first, by Robert Leighton, is a particular favorite. I won’t show it, but you can see it here among all the others just published (just scroll down to the heading “Cartoons from the Issue”). Mr. Leighton, whose classic Escher drawing was profiled here awhile back, has given us a charming and delightful drawing somewhat reminiscent of Frank Modell‘s work with a bit of Nurit Karlin tossed in (I’d link you to Ms. Karlin’s fabulous work, but sad to say that the New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank site does not seem to have archived it).
Mr. Leighton’s drawing deserves a hearty round of applause.
It was just last week that a co-credited drawing (Kaamran Hafeez and Al Batt) was mentioned here as being somewhat rare, and now the very next week is another co-credited cartoon. This time it’s a drawing by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell and Ellis Rosen. Suddenly co-credits are not so rare.
As usual, for those who want a critical take on all the cartoons, I’m pointing you to Cartoon Companion. The site usually posts on Thursdays or Fridays.
Note: The Monday Tilley Watch will return in two weeks as this current issue is a double.