The Monday Tilley Watch: The New Yorker Issue Of November 23, 2020

The Monday Tilley Watch Takes A Glancing Look At The Art & Artists Of The Latest Issue Of The New Yorker

The Cover: Kadir Nelson returns –his last cover appeared just five issues before this latest. He speaks here with The New Yorker‘s cover editor (official title: art editor), Francoise Mouly.

The Cartoonists:

The Cartoons:

Fifteen cartoonists, fifteen cartoons (the Spill counts duo efforts as one cartoonist). There are two duos in this issue: Kaamran Hafeez & Al Batt…and Harry Bliss & Steve Martin, a couple doing a lot of publicity for their just released cartoon collection, A Wealth Of Pigeons. No newbies this week. 

One drawing in this brand new issue particularly caught my eye: Pat Achilles’ fun Trojan Speed Bump (it’s on page 69). The Trojan Horse has been a favorite subject for a slew of cartoonists (including this one — see below). How can we resist something already graphically absurd. Monty Python, who are cartoons brought to life, turned the horse into a rabbit and took it to the silver screen back in 1976 in their classic Monty Python And The Holy Grail.

A quick visit to The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank search brought up a number of Trojan Horse-based drawings by Christopher Weyant (one was a caption contest drawing), James Stevenson, Dana Fradon, Liana FinckJ.A.K., and Jack Ziegler, just to name a few (18 are shown, but the search isn’t all inclusive for the magazine’s archive of cartoons). I did one myself more than a decade(!) ago:


The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch

The above Talk masthead design by the great Rea Irvin has been missing since the Spring of 2017, replaced by a (gasp!) redraw…here’s hoping the original will return. Read about it here.




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