Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ben Yagoda Reviews Lee Lorenz, 1995

Ben Yagoda is the author of About Town:  The New Yorker and the World It Made (New York: Scribner, 2000). In 1995, while he was working on the book, he reviewed The Art of The New Yorker, 1925-1995,  Lee Lorenz's magnum opus, for the Times Book Review.

"It Was Never Spinach," Ben Yagoda, The New York Times Book Review, October 22, 1995


Note:  As of next week, Emma Allen will be the New Yorker's new cartoon editor. As a public service, Attempted Bloggery is proud to present the magazine's roster of art editors and cartoon editors. From Mr. Geraghty's time to 1993, the art editor was responsible for both the covers and the cartoons. Since 1993, the art editor has been responsible only for covers and the cartoon editor has been responsible only for cartoons.

Rea Irvin, art supervisor, 1925-1939; art director, 1939-1951

James Geraghty, art editor, 1939-1972

Lee Lorenz, art editor, 1973-1993; cartoon editor, 1993-1997

Françoise Mouly, art editor, 1993-

Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor, 1997-2017

Emma Allen, cartoon editor, 2017-


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Ben Yagoda

Rea Irvin

James Geraghty

Lee Lorenz


Bob Mankoff

Emma Allen

The New Yorker

The New York Times Book Review

The Art of The New Yorker 1925-1995


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rea Irvin's Wry Spirit, 1996

A 1996 exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York provided a showcase for the artwork of Rea Irvin, the New Yorker's founding art supervisor. He, of course, was the creator of Eustace Tilley, the magazine's mascot who appeared on the first cover in 1925 and then subsequently on anniversary covers, at least until recent times. The show was called "The Talk of the Town:  Rea Irvin of The New Yorker" and it was reviewed by playwright David Ives in the Times:

"Rea Irvin:  Wry Spirit in the Age of Gatsby," David Ives, The New York Times, February 16, 1996

"Rea Irvin:  Wry Spirit in the Age of Gatsby," David Ives, The New York Times, February 16, 1996


Note:  As of next week, Emma Allen will be the New Yorker's new cartoon editor. Here's the magazine's all-time roster of art editors and cartoon editors. Prior to 1993, the art editor was responsible for covers and cartoons. Since 1993, the art editor has been responsible only for covers and the cartoon editor has been responsible only for the cartoons. So be it.

Rea Irvin, art supervisor, 1925-1939; art director, 1939-1951

James Geraghty, art editor, 1939-1972

Lee Lorenz, art editor, 1973-1993; cartoon editor, 1993-1997

Françoise Mouly, art editor, 1993-

Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor, 1997-2017

Emma Allen, cartoon editor, 2017-


Quick Links to the Attempted Bloggery Archives:

Rea Irvin

Eustace Tilley

The New Yorker

The New York Times

James Geraghty

Lee Lorenz

Françoise Mouly

Bob Mankoff

Emma Allen
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The New Yorker and Bob Mankoff Rethink Cartoons, 1997

Twenty years ago, Bob Mankoff was named cartoon editor of the New Yorker. The New York Times business section covered it as "Tradition on Trial As New Yorker Rethinks Cartoons." This week, Mr. Mankoff retires as cartoon editor of the venerable magazine. In hindsight, the problems cited in the Times article about the business of cartooning at the New Yorker and elsewhere seem more entrenched than ever.

"Tradition on Trial As New Yorker Rethinks Cartoons," Constance L. Hays, The New York Times, June 9, 1997

Cartoons by William Steig, Charles Addams, Lee Lorenz, and Bob Mankoff
"Tradition on Trial As New Yorker Rethinks Cartoons," Constance L. Hays, The New York Times, June 9, 1997


In the first column, Ms. Hays cites a Jack Ziegler cartoon from the June 9, 1997 issue as one "so dependent on the moment that [it] may not last." It's twenty years later now. Has it really aged that badly?
Jack Ziegler, The New Yorker, June 9, 1997, page 71


In the final column of the piece, semiotics professor Marshall Blonsky singles out another cartoon from the issue which "particularly disturbed him." He says, "...it's got the wrong caption. No one wants to make pie crust any longer." You can decide for yourself whether Michael Maslin's cartoon has held up better than Marshall Blonsky's criticism of it:
"If I told you the secret of making light, flaky piecrust, it
wouldn't be much of a secret anymore, now would it?"
Michael Maslin,
 The New Yorker, June 9, 1997, page 50




Note:  As of next week, Emma Allen will be the New Yorker's new cartoon editor. For handy reference, here is the magazine's roster of art editors and cartoon editors. From Mr. Geraghty's time to 1993, the art editor was responsible for covers and cartoons. Since 1993, the art editor has been responsible only for covers and the cartoon editor has been responsible only for cartoons.

Rea Irvin, art supervisor, 1925-1939; art director, 1939-1951

James Geraghty, art editor, 1939-1972

Lee Lorenz, art editor, 1973-1993; cartoon editor, 1993-1997

Françoise Mouly, art editor, 1993-

Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor, 1997-2017

Emma Allen, cartoon editor, 2017-


Quick Links to the Attempted Bloggery Archives:

Bob Mankoff

Tina Brown

The New Yorker

The New York Times

Charles Addams

Edward Koren

Peter Kuper

Lee Lorenz

Michael Maslin

William Steig

Jack Ziegler
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Monday, April 24, 2017

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #566

Avast, ye landlubbers! Here be me entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #566 for April 24, 2017. The drawing be rendered by Mick Stevens.


"I never expected a happy ending."



Note:  Last week, cartoonist P. C. Vey was absolutely on fire, but my caption apparently wasn't. Light up and enjoy Contest #565.

How many other blogs do you suppose can offer posts about both Mick Stevens and Herman Melville? Not too many, I'll wager.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Email We Never Finished Reading: You're Approved...

Back in the day, the New Yorker used to run Newsbreaks to fill out columns of text. These short pieces would having recurring titles like Letters We Never Finished Reading. In that spirit, here's an email that's not nearly personalized enough to get all the way through.



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An Unconventional Convention: Garrett Price Proposed New Yorker Cover Art

Can a proposed New Yorker cover be a little too ambitious? Garrett Price depicted familiar scenes from a political convention in a variety of artistic styles and placed them on the spiraling walls of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Guggenheim Museum. The resulting hodgepodge doesn't quite work as a convincing political reflection or as an artistic commentary. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened its Fifth Avenue site in 1959 so this concept art can provisionally be dated to the summer of 1960, the next Presidential election year. The delegations of Alaska and Hawaii are shown prominently and this was the first Presidential election in which those new states participated.

Garrett Price, proposed New Yorker cover art, c. 1960

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Garrett Price
eBay listing ended March 5, 2017

Garrett Price
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Garrett Price, proposed New Yorker cover art


Spoiler Alert:  In the 1960 Presidential election, Democrat John F. Kennedy defeated Republican Richard M. Nixon.


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Garrett Price

Proposed New Yorker Cover Art

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Color Separation: Garrett Price Proposed New Yorker Cover Art

Garrett Price's illustrated concept of a color separation may not have gone on to become a New Yorker cover, but it's a good demonstration of the kind of creative ferment that went on at the magazine. Each week, many talented artists submitted cover proposals that competed for the art editor's approval.

Garrett Price, proposed New Yorker cover art

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Garrett Price
eBay Listing Ended March 5, 2017




eBay Item Description

eBay Bid History
Eight bidders place sixteen bids. This time the second=to-last bidder gets it.

Garrett Price, proposed New Yorker cover art


Note:  In theory, any number of blogs could publish your original Garrett Price art, but only Attempted Bloggery would do it with a smile. What do you say to that?


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Garrett Price

Proposed New Yorker Cover Art

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