Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Books Signed by Helen E. Hokinson and Charles Saxon

In a recent eBay listing, copies of the cartoon collections When Were You Built? (1948) by Helen E. Hokinson and "Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy!" (1980) by Charles Saxon were offered at auction in far from pristine condition. They nevertheless were desirable copies, containing two of the harder-to-find New Yorker cartoonist signatures.

Cartoon collections When Were You Built? (1948) by Helen E. Hokinson and "Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy!" (1980) by Charles Saxon
Helen E. Hokinson, When Were You Built? (1948)
Endpapers


Helen E. Hokinson's signature


"I just want to say that I'm perfectly willing to serve as treasurer, provided
every penny doesn't have to come out exactly even."

Helen E. Hokinson, When Were You Built? (1948) title page


"Surely you can't have misplaced the Eighteenth Armored                              "Elizabeth Connor McMeekin, '15?"                               
         Division again, Miss MacEldowny!"                                               "Present. After graduation, I started to take an M.A.
                                                                                                                                 at Teachers College, but gave it up to marry Roy McMeekin,
                                                                                                                                  Cornell '12. My husband was only a plant engineer with the
                                                                                                                               telephone company at the time and had not yet become an
                                                                                                                                   executive. We lived in Columbus, Ohio, until 1927, when Mr.
                                                                                                                                McMeekin was called to New York, and we built a home in

                                                                                                                                     Westchester. 1 have two children, a girl, Elsie, aged nineteen,
                                                                                                                                    and a boy, Donald, aged seventeen. I want to say 
that I think
                                                                                                                                  this Alpha Delta Alpha alumnae picnic  wonderful idea and
                                                                                                                                    that Penny Trowbridge should be congratulated on getting it
                                                                                                                               up. I hope we can get together next summer and repeat it
                                                                          with all the same people."


Charles Saxon, "Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy!" (1980)
Endpapers

Charles Saxon's signature

Charles Saxon, "Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy!" (1980)
Title page
Picasso at the Museum of Modern Art






Helen E. Hokinson and Charles Saxon
eBay Listing Ended June 14, 2017

Helen E. Hokinson and Charles Saxon
eBay Item Description

eBay Bid History
One bid



Note:  Wouldn't you know it? I didn't record this seller's eBay auction of the rare book signed by Mary Petty. Did any reader happen to grab a photo or two?

By the way, I'm always looking for scans and photographs of rare and unusual books by the likes of Helen E. Hokinson, Charles Saxon, Mary Petty, and other New Yorker artists. I'd be more specific, but often the most wonderful finds are things I never dreamed were out there.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #584

Is it worth repeating my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #584 dated September 18, 2017? Is it worth repeating my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #584 dated September 18, 2017? The drawing is by Tom Cheney.


"You have got to see the Diversity Committee!"



Note: Last week cartoonist Teresa Burns Parkhurst gave us bondage at the office. My caption lacked discipline. See who managed to lock up Contest #583. 

Tom Cheney's prior appearances on this blog can be summed up in one click.



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Art Spiegelman: Cut and Pasted

For the copy of Maus II (1992) in the library of collage artist Stephen Kroninger and his wife Aviva, Art Spiegelman created a unique studio illustration. The striking figure of Art as a Jewish maus includes a collaged maus head over a loose ink sketch.

Maus II (1992) inscribed "For Steve + Aviva
with warm wishes
Art Spiegelman"



Note:  Thanks once more to Stephen Kroninger for providing me with a series of scans and photos from his library.

I'm always looking for scans and photographs of uniquely-personalized books by Art Spiegelman and other New Yorker artists. Feel free to share your prized collection here.

The new American Bystander #5 will carry the very first classified ad for this blog. Boy, will you be disappointed.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Oy Vey from Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman has signed and inscribed a copy of the first volume of Maus (1986) under the epigraph, an antisemitic quotation of Hitler's. Spiegelman's reaction, appropriately, begins with "Oy vey," a Yiddish exclamation of dismay or grief. The book depicts Jews as mice and Nazis as cats; Spiegelman has drawn himself as a chain-smoking maus.

Inscribed "For Stephen
+ Aviva ....
Oy vey +
best wishes
Art Spiegelman"

Note:  Thanks to Stephen Kroninger for providing the scan of his book and for supporting my efforts on the blog.

As you know, I'm perpetually in the market for scans and photographs of books uniquely-personalized by Art Spiegelman and other New Yorker artists. Get in touch if you'd like to give your treasures a public airing.

Maybe you've heard:  the new American Bystander #5 will carry the very first classified ad for this blog. I really should have worked harder to lower expectations.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Art Spiegelman: The Ink and Paste Club

The original edition of Art Spiegelman's Breakdowns was published in 1977 a bit before he found himself catapulted into the mainstream. The Maus in the subtitle refers to a beautifully-rendered but disappointingly short experimental comic that presaged the later acclaimed graphic novel. The book's cover depicts Spiegelman swilling ink right out of the bottle, as one no doubt does during a "breakdown." The copy personalized for collage artist Stephen Kroninger includes a drawing of the two artists toasting each other, Art with ink and Steve with paste, appropriately enough.

Inscribed "FOR STEVE
To yer healt'
All the best as my braincells
breakdown at 5 AM March 30, 1996
Art Spiegelman"

Art Spiegelman. Breakdowns, 1977


Note:  By now those of you with great deductive powers will have surmised that Stephen Kroninger provided the scans of his book. Thanks, Stephen, and—just so you know—I prefer champagne.

What would this blog be without reader-submitted scans or photographs of uniquely-personalized books by Art Spiegelman and other New Yorker artists? It would be just like all the other blogs out there. Don't condemn me to showing cat videos!

Maybe you've heard:  the new American Bystander #5 will carry the very first classified ad for this blog. There's other good stuff too.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Art Spiegelman's Wild Party Brew

Joseph Moncure March's The Wild Party dates from 1928 and an illustrated version by Art Spiegelman was published in 1999. A personalized copy of the book bears a pencil drawing of what may well be a toxic brew, but on the other hand it could be just sweet wine. I suppose we'll have to drink it to find out.

Inscribed "A WILD PARTY, FOR STEPHEN...
WINE WIMMEN AND SUGAR.
with hypoglyecmic wishes—
Art Spiegelman

                                                       11/97"
The Wild Party
The lost classic by Joseph Moncure March (1928)
Drawings by 
Art Spiegelman (1999)


Note:  Once again, kudos to Stephen Kroninger for providing a unique scan or two for the old blog. Cheers!

As it happens, I'm always looking for scans or photographs of uniquely-personalized books by Art Spiegelman and other New Yorker artists. Down the hatch!

By the way, the new American Bystander #5 will carry the very first classified ad for this blog. I estimate between zero and five new visitors in the first year alone!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Maus in Profile: Art Spiegelman's Comix, Essays, Graphics and Scraps

A copy of Art Spiegelman's scarce Comix, Essays, Graphics and Scraps (1999) is personalized with an original drawing of his Maus in profile. It's simple and delicate.

Inscribed with a drawing of his Maus in profile
"FOR STEPHEN + AVIVA
W. WARM WISHES
Art Spiegelman
2000!"

The book's cover I interpret as a surrealistic comics riff on the David and Goliath story with the title character of Frederick Opper's Happy Hooligan grieving, a monumental pipe and that chin from E. C. Segar's Popeye, a lightning bolt straight out of C. C. Beck's Captain Marvel, not to mention a stray brick reminiscent of George Herriman's Krazy Kat. The landscape recalls the work of Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte. Your results may vary.

Art Spiegelman. Comix, Essays, Graphics and Scraps (1999)


Note:  My thanks go out to Stephen Kroninger for providing this scan of a wonderful copy of a Spiegelman book I didn't know existed. Shazam!

I'm always looking for scans or photographs of uniquely personalized books by Art Spiegelman and other New Yorker artists. Go ahead, surprise me!

What's more annoying, Spiegelman's spelling of comix or his avoidance of the Oxford comma? I think it's the spelling. Keep your comments under 500 words please.

By the way, the new American Bystander #5 will carry the very first classified ad for this blog. My wife told me it won't drive any traffic here and—you know what?—she's absolutely right!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Art Spiegelman's Puppy Love

A signed and inscribed copy of Open Me... I'm a Dog! (1997) by Art Spiegelman includes an adorable drawing of—what else?—a dog. Spiegelman no doubt would dismiss this as mere "Cuteness 4 Kids" but I'm an advocate of puppy love for all ages.

"For Stephen, my fellow toiler in the vineyards of Cuteness 4 Kids....
and for Aviva, who keeps Stephen's dog habit on a leash.
warmly (if somewhat incoherently)
Art Spiegelman"

Art Spiegelman. Open Me... I'm a Dog! (1997)


Note:  Thanks again go to Stephen Kroninger for sharing his gorgeous copy of a Spiegelman book.

Attempted Bloggery seeks scans or photographs of uniquely personalized books by Art Spiegelman and other New Yorker artists. You know what you've got...

By the way, your copy of the new The American Bystander #5 will have this blog's very first classified ad. The price was right.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #583

Who'll stand for my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #583 dated September 11, 2017? The drawing is by Teresa Burns Parkhurst.
"Who says corporations can't show restraint?"


These captions failed corporate compliance:
"Be patient. Last year no one thought we'd get rid of our Confederate flag."
"He spoke truth to power."
"He folded, spindled, and mutilated."



September 18, 2017 Update:  The Finalists




Note:  Last week cartoonist Drew Dernavich gave us a bicycle built for two. My caption took a back seat. Pedal your way through Contest #582.

This is the first appearance of Teresa Burns Parkhurst on the blog—or for that matter in the New Yorker. Has any cartoonist made her magazine debut before in the Caption Contest?

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Art Spiegelman Against All the Odds

Art Spiegelman has personalized a copy of his 2004 book In the Shadow of No Towers and included the salient words "All the best against all the odds!" The strange character in the drawing is "a Hapless Hooligan," Spiegelman's cartoon alter ego from plate 10 of the book based on Frederick Opper's classic strip Happy Hooligan.

Inside back cover inscribed with a drawing of "a Hapless Hooligan"
"For Stephen and Aviva and my favorite twins!
All the best against all the odds!"



Note:  Thanks to Stephen Kroninger for sharing this unique copy of the book.

Attempted Bloggery is eager to publish scans or photographs of personalized books by Art Spiegelman and other New Yorker artists, especially books which contain original drawings.

Don't forget to get your copy of The American Bystander #5 and see this blog's very first classified ad.

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