Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Delia Ephron and Edward Koren: Do I Have to Say Hello?

Hello. Author Delia Ephron and illustrator Edward Koren showed up recently at the Barnes & Noble in Tribeca to promote their new book Do I Have To Say Hello? Young people in the audience were treated to a  discussion of manners and a drawing demonstration on the subject of Thanksgiving dinner.

Delia Ephron and Edward Koren

Edward Koren and Delia Ephron

What shall we have for Thanksgiving dinner? Let's start with a turkey.

Let's add broccoli.

Carrots and potatoes have been added.

Cranberries! A gravy boat with a diving board was added for the cranberries.

Now let's bake a pie. We start with butter and eggs. We have to break the eggs.

Of course! We need a pumpkin. 

The kids decided the pie should have a mouse... 

Delia Ephron asks what else should be in the drawing.

It's a dog, wouldn't you know? 

Next Ed Koren draws a high chair.
Edward Koren Draws a High Chair

The finished product: 
 The parents have to look up at the high chair

Delia Ephron on Book Talk Radio

Note:  Yes, you have to say hello.

Read "Aunt Delia's Thanksgiving Manners Quiz" on Epicurious (via Ink Spill)

If you want  you can count all the blog posts here about Edward Koren's art.

See other signed books with original drawings.

The blog archives are replete with Thanksgiving posts too.  Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Edward Koren: Book Carrier

Reader David from Manhattan shares an original drawing by Edward Koren. A Koren creature carries some books under his arm. David writes:
It came from a Minneapolis book dealer this summer. Kay Sexton was a vice president for B. Dalton and just died late last year in the Twin Cities area. Her obituary is still on-line. The book is "Well, There's Your Problem."
Edward Koren, drawing inscribed "For Kay Sexton with best wishes/Ed Koren/Oct 1980"
in "Well, There's Your Problem" (1980)
Scan courtesy of David from Manhattan

Note:  Check out the blog archives for more work by Edward Koren and more books containing original drawings. Much of this is available nowhere else.

As noted, here is book recipient Kay Sexton's obituary from

Thanks to David from Manhattan for all the fine material he provides to this blog.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Edward Koren's Academics

Edward Koren's drawing Academics at (Monterey) Bay from 1984 was used on the poster for a traveling exhibition of Mr. Koren's work that year. The show was organized by the University Art Gallery of SUNY Albany. A signed poster was recently offered on eBay at a very reasonable price, one suitable for academics.

Edward Koren, Academics at (Monterey) Bay, 1984
Signed poster for the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, 1984

Edward Koren, Academics at (Monterey) Bay, 1984
Signed poster for the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, 1984

Edward Koren's signature

eBay Listing Ended October 7, 2015

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Note:  This blog also promotes Edward Koren's less academic work as well as less academic posters.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Edward Koren: The Conference of Values Takes a Break

The Conference of Values Takes a Break is a postcard designed by Edward Koren. It was published in 1978 as part of Artists' Postcards, Series II.

Edward Koren, The Conference of Values Takes a BreakFrom Artists' Postcards, Series II, 1978

eBay Listing Ended August 26, 2015

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Note:  The blog archives have more work by Edward Koren and more postcards too. Help yourself.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

My Entries in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for September/October 2015

Here are my entries in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for September/October 2015. The drawing is by Benjamin Schwartz.

"They're Commandments, but they aren't carved in stone."
"These laws were in the cloud."
"Would you rather see the hard copy?"
"Why haven't these gone viral yet?"
"I added two of my own to make it an even dozen."

I must be losing my touch. Here are the finalists:
Moment Cartoon Caption Contest September/October 2015 Finalists

Note:  Last time around, our hero came up against a codpiece caption. Find out who won the July/August 2015 Contest.

See more blog posts featuring the art of Benjamin Schwartz.

The entire sorry history of my dabbling in caption contests is in the archives.


Friday, November 20, 2015

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #498

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #498 for November 16, 2015. The double-edged drawing is by Jack Ziegler.

"The deal's off! I'm going to rule England!"

Would you like to see how I arrived at this? Here's the full caption progression:
"Miss Baxter, I asked for a pen!"
"Miss Baxter, do we have anything mightier than the sword?"
"Guess what? I'm going to rule England!"
"I have to cancel. I'm going to rule England!"
"The deal's off. I'm going to rule England!"

November 21, 2015 Update:  This caption contest was the first to use a crowd-sourced survey to select the finalists. This is the subject of some discussion in the comments section. The online survey presented 25 captions. You were asked to rate each as funny, somewhat funny, or unfunny. Names of the contest entrants were not associated with the captions. The survey did not forbid multiple entries and different captions came up each time. Here are some examples of what it looked like. As you can see, they do not appear to be prescreened.

November 23, 2015 Update:  The Finalists

Note: Last week Zachary Kanin bellied up to the bar with a locomotive. My caption just didn't have any steam. Chug along with the results of Contest #497.

Jack Ziegler is one of the funniest cartoonists in the world, so of course you can see more of his work on this blog.