The Cover: The most recent cover by Barry Blitt has drawn a bit of press. Here’s Mr. Blitt talking about his latest contribution.
The Cartoonists & Cartoons:
Sharp-eyed Spill visitors might’ve noticed the “Spots” artist is included this week. It’s a special treat to have R.O. Blechman‘s work in the issue. Mr. Blechman is one of the giants of this nutty business. Here’s his entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:
R.O. Blechman (photo: Hillsdale, NY, 2017. photo by Elwood Smith). Born, New York, 1930. New Yorker work: Mr. Blechman is, among many other editorial and commercial pursuits, a cover artist for The New Yorker, with his first appearing on the issue of April 29, 1974. His last cover, titled “Eustacia Tilley” appeared on the magazine’s anniversary issue of February 26, 1996. It was inspired by the magazine’s inaugural issue featuring Eustace Tilley. Website: http://www.roblechman.com/
Some random thoughts on just a few of the drawings in this issue: Two gym-related drawings — one by Carolita Johnson (on page 30), the other by Pat Byrnes (p.70)…Emily Flake is represented twice in the issue: a drawing (p.58) and, on page 17, a two-column Artist’s Sketchpad that looks very much like an excerpt from her upcoming book,That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug…Amy Hwang’s drawing (p.54) will likely appeal to those among us who have an affection for sugar — it’s my favorite drawing of the year by Ms. Hwang (her work is included in this upcoming exhibit).
Applause for Julia Suits’ fab nod to Goodnight Moon. A number of cartoonists have played off of the classic kids book over the years (Harry Bliss, Bruce Eric Kaplan, and James Stevenson among them). The award for most outrageous goes, appropriately enough, to the late very great Jack Ziegler for his New Yorker drawing of November 17, 1997.
The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch: No dice on Mr. Irvin’s classic masthead (below) reappearing this week. Read about it here.