Thursday, October 10, 2013

Gahan Wilson's Favorite Duck

A copy of Gahan Wilson's 1988 novel Everybody's Favorite Duck is inscribed by Mr. Wilson with an original drawing of the duck. This book received a single bid on eBay in August. The most collectible copies of this book have a drawing, of course.

There is a considerable tradition of New Yorker cartoonists writing novels. Peter Arno comes to mind as an early example. James Thurber, always a man of letters, wrote a short novel or two, shorter fiction being his specialty. James Stevenson published some six novels. More recently, Peter Steiner published his fourth novel. There must be other examples I'm not aware of. Cartoonists by nature have to be good storytellers. Many who write well probably can't resist the allure of the longer narrative.

Gahan Wilson, Everybody's Favorite Duck, Inscribed, "For/Bill Claire/with all best/wishes/from/Gahan/Wilson/and/the/duck" with a drawing of the duck

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gahan-Wilson-Full-Page-Drawing-by-New-Yorker-Artist-on-First-Edition-/290962160891?pt=Antiquarian_Collectible&hash=item43beb23cfb&nma=true&si=UB68sj2DvLx%252F9kdb54zXrlCgzYs%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557


A more expensive copy is available on eBay--more than ten times more expensive--which is lettered copy M of the slipcased limited edition.
Gahan Wilson, Everybody's Favorite Duck. Lettered copy M of the limited edition, signed with a drawing of the duck.
















March 17, 2014 Update:



Note:  Check out more of my blog posts on Gahan Wilson here.

Don't miss Gahan Wilson's New Yorker work in the Cartoon Bank here.

The website for "Gahan Wilson:  Born Dead, Still Weird," a documentary by Steven-Charles Jaffe about the cartoonist, is here. The New York City premiere is tomorrow.


Gahan Wilson presents the 2009
Ignatz Award for Best Artist

Gahan Wilson's 2009 radio interview on the Leonard Lopate Show is here.

News about Gahan Wilson on Ink Spill is here.

A couple of Gahan Wilson illustrations are on The Pictorial Arts blog here.

This is the last day to vote for a favorite caption in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest. I am one of three finalists. You can read all about my very first captioning success here.

The basketball preseason has begun. I have one recent post on the sport here.

I have nothing to say about the government's partial shutdown beyond what I've already said about sequestration and the debt ceiling, so don't ask. You can read it in the archives.

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