Friday, February 12, 2016

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #508

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #508 for February 1, 2016. The drawing is by Paul Noth.
"I was told there would be snacks."


These potential captions I just couldn't sink my teeth into:
"How about a tasting lineup instead?"
"Will I get profiled on Shark Week?"




Note:  Last week P. C. Vey pulled out a very big weiner. My caption needed a condiment. See the all-beef results of Contest #507.

See a lineup of Caption Contests by Paul Noth.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Barney Tobey's Eye Exam

A work of original cartoon art by Barney Tobey showing a monastic version of the  eye exam comes, appropriately, from the estate of an ophthalmologist. It looks very much like a New Yorker gag and may have been intended as one, but on the verso it bears a Collier's label from 1947. Certainly the subtle tones of the ink and wash would have been reproduced more truly in the New Yorker. Despite all the publication evidence to the contrary, the eBay seller of this piece listed it as a New Yorker drawing. The cartoon as it appeared in Collier's is reproduced here to put any remaining doubt to rest.  After all, what you see is what you get.

"Now the next line, Abelard—"
Barney Tobey, original art
Collier's, November 22, 1947, page 45

"Now the next line, Abelard—"
Barney Tobey, original art
Collier's, November 22, 1947, page 45

"Now the next line, Abelard—"
Barney Tobey, original art
Collier's, November 22, 1947, page 45

Barney Tobey's signature and caption

Collier's label

Collier's label

Collier's label

Collier's label

"Now the next line, Abelard—"
Barney Tobey, original art
Collier's, November 22, 1947, page 45

Detail

eBay Item Ended June 1, 2015

eBay Item Description

eBay Bid History
Three bidders submit seven bids, with two of them in the last six seconds




"Now the next line, Abelard—"
Barney Tobey, original art
Collier's, November 22, 1947, page 45

"Now the next line, Abelard—"
Barney Tobey, Collier's, November 22, 1947, page 45


"Now the next line, Abelard—"
Barney Tobey, Collier's, November 22, 1947, page 45


Note:  Put on your spectacles and enjoy further reading from the blog archives:

Barney Tobey

Collier's

Original cartoon art

Original New Yorker cartoon art

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Bill Moyers's Copy of B. Tobey of The New Yorker

From Judith and Bill Moyers's personal library, an inscribed copy of B. Tobey of The New Yorker (1983) was offered for sale in the Rare Book Room of Strand Bookstore in June of 2015. This copy was photographed on November 14 and was subsequently sold.

B. Tobey of The New Yorker (1983) inscribed
"Dec. 3, '85
To:  Judith and
Bill Moyers
With Warmest
Regards ***
B Tobey—"

Bookseller notations:
"6/15
$40.00
1st ed.
Inscribed by the artist
to Judith and Bill Moyers"


Strand Bookstore


Note:  Now we've seen a couple of excellent copies of this book, both personalized by Barney Tobey. The perpetrator of this blog is always pleased to share outstanding copies of books by New Yorker artists, especially those containing original signatures, inscriptions, and drawings. So why not send along your scans?

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Barney Tobey's Better Angel

A copy of B. Tobey of The New Yorker (1983) bears an inscription to Lawrence R. Quinn, probably the Chicago-based freelance writer. It is dated November 1984 and offers a greeting for the New Year. Barney Tobey's original drawing of a musically-inclined angel is a special bonus. The book was sold on eBay in November.












eBay Listing Ended November 10, 2015

eBay Item Description

eBay Bid History
Two bidders duke it out over a buck.




Note:  From the blog archives:

Barney Tobey

Signed books with drawings

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Saul Steinberg and the New Yorker Welcome New Journalists

At some point, the New Yorker took a 1964 drawing by Saul Steinberg and used it to create a general welcome to a new crop of journalists. The specific occasion for which this print was created is unclear, perhaps the graduation ceremony of a journalism school. A framed copy was sold last summer on eBay. The choice of drawing is an interesting one, as it acknowledges with humor that journalists—and others— may encounter the unexpected in the course of carrying out their noble mission.











eBay Listing Ended August 21, 2015 with Best Offer Accepted

eBay Item Description





Saul Steinberg's drawing was first published in the New Yorker in 1964.
Saul SteinbergThe New Yorker, January 18, 1964, page 31

Saul SteinbergThe New Yorker, January 18, 1964, page 31


Note:  Our investigative report uncovers more in the blog archives about Saul Steinberg.

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