Tuesday, September 27, 2022

E. Simms Campbell: Cutie Coiffure

E. Simms Campbell's single panel cartoon Cuties was syndicated by King Features. An original cartoon panel from 1963 has just been listed on AbeBooks. One Cutie is reading in bed while another comes home from a date. The gag is only mildly suggestive, as befits a cartoon intended for a family newspaper.

"What a marvelous coiffure! Who rumpled it for you?"
E. Simms Campbell
Original art
Cuties, July 25, 1963

E. Simms Campbell
AbeBooks listing accessed September 23, 2022


Monday, September 26, 2022

My Entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #820

It's time to analyze The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #820 from the issue of September 26, 2022. My insightful caption is shown below. The drawing is by Paul Karasik.


I'm not crazy about these captions:
"Aunt Mildred!"
"That's another Steadman."
"My interpretation? You have a fixation with spatter."
"Your sessions sap the lifeblood from me."
"Jackson Pollack. No, Sam Francis."
"I confess. I read your office notes."
"I just don't appreciate your office notes."


Sunday, September 25, 2022

Cape Cod 2022: Lighthouse Beach

There's beach yoga every morning at 7:30 on Lighthouse Beach in Chatham. Bring a towel and $20. Or show up without a towel or money and just take pictures.

Chatham Light

Beach yoga


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Cape Cod 2022: The Town of Chatham

What good timing! This year we were in Chatham for the Festival of the Arts. We also caught the tail end of Art in the Park 2022. Not that there's a bad time to be in Chatham...

First United Methodist Church

Festival of the Arts banner

Festival of the Arts entrance


Chatham Windmill

A nearby house

Art in the Park

Kate Gould Park

The Cape Cod Whale


Home of the Chatham Anglers

Chatham Candy Manor

In the Squire Shop, it's as if they knew I was coming.


Friday, September 23, 2022

Karl Haendel: New Yorker Cartoon Drawing #16 and #5

Some of the cultural artifacts appropriated by artist Karl Haendel are published New Yorker cartoons, enlarged and redrawn in graphite by the artist from the magazine page. Sometimes Handel groups these works with other drawings, creating an installation of appropriated works that are related thematically in ways that may or may not be fully apparent. In the case of New Yorker Cartoon #16 and #5, the two works are framed together, one above the other, for a reason that seems transparently obvious: both drawings are appropriations of New Yorker cartoons on the subject of military medals. The top drawing, #16, is appropriated from a published cartoon by Leo Cullum, while the bottom drawing, #5, is taken from a cartoon by Bob Mankoff. Both cartoons were published by The New Yorker in 2004 and appropriated by Haendel in that year. The framed pair went to auction yesterday with a presale estimate of $1,000 to $2,000.

Karl Haendel
Capsule Gallery Auction listing accessed September 19, 2022

The lot was passed with the bidding, I believe, at $800:

In chronological order:
Bob Mankoff

Karl Haendel after Bob Mankoff

Cartoon by Bob Mankoff

Leo Cullum
Karl Haendel after Leo Cullum

Cartoon by Leo Cullum

Note:  How does it feel to have one's cartoon appropriated? David Sipress weighs in on his experience with "Stop, Thief! My Cartoon Gets Appropriated." 


Thursday, September 22, 2022

Sight Unseen: Isaac's Copy of Roz Chast's Theories of Everything

Not that long ago, an AbeBooks seller listed a unique copy of Roz Chast's cartoon collection Theories of Everything (2006, softcover edition 2008), but visually provided only a stock image of the cover. As I ask so often in these posts, why not instead show a picture of what is unique about this book?

Elizabeth Brown Books & Collectibles of San Diego limited the description to words, noting that there was a "Brief inscription 'For Issac' accompanied by funny cartoon face at foot of half-title page." Issac? Could that be right?

I'm not sure when it happened but at some time it became less common for the artist to leave drawings of her quirky characters in the books she signed. So, to my thinking, it was worth going after this softback book despite it's being priced at $50, even sight unseen. 

Roz Chast
AbeBooks listing accessed September 3, 2022

Was my decision to purchase the book shrewd? In all honesty, I think this was pretty clearly going to be a win from the start. Yet the listing did languish online for weeks before I made my big move, leaving me with the sense that maybe I'm alone in my convictions.

So, in conclusion, Issac turns out to be Isaac, which makes perfect sense. The signed book is indeed one of the few with an original Roz Chast drawing, especially in recent years. In short, I am not disappointed.

Note:  The best online place to gaze in awe at books signed by Roz Chast is not this blog, dammit, but Chris Wheeler's outstanding website. Check out his Chast library here.

Not that I'm throwing in the towel. If you would like to show the world your original Chast art, including personalized doodles drawn in books, I'm your guy. Unless, of course, Chris is.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

All Set for 2023

I just bought my copy of the Cartoons from The New Yorker 2023 Calendar, which offers fans of the art form a cartoon a day. Will that be sufficient? What is the optimal number of cartoons to encounter each day, anyway? To get some idea, let's take a look at The New Yorker magazine itself, which has been publishing many of the finest single-panel cartoons since 1925. The current weekly issue provides only eight cartoons, which some may deem adequate but I see as some sort of dereliction of duty. Nevertheless, eight cartoons over seven days is still fractionally more of a daily ration than the calendar offers. So with the calendar alone, I figure I'm all set for the year—provided I can get by on one cartoon a day. Keeping up my subscription to the magazine should allow me to effectively double that. And if I should want any more, well, I might have to resort to writing a blog or something.

Cover cartoon by Will McPhail