Thursday, April 30, 2020

Leon's Copy of The New Yorker Book of Kids* Cartoons

* and the people who live with them

Leon's former copy of The New Yorker Book of Kids* Cartoons *and the people who live with them (2001) is signed by cartoonist Roz Chast, who wrote the introduction and contributed nine cartoons to the collection plus the back cover color cartoon. The book was sold last week on eBay. Say goodbye, Leon.
Cover cartoon by Jack Ziegler

Cartoons by Warren Miller and Bob Mankoff

Cartoons by Liza Donnelly and Jack Ziegler

Cartoons by Michael Crawford and Mike Twohy

Cartoons by Mick Stevens and Robert Weber

Back cover cartoon by Roz Chast

Roz Chast
The New Yorker Book of Kids* Cartoons
*and the people who live with them
eBay Listing Ended April 21, 2020

Note:  Attempted Bloggery seeks interesting copies of The New Yorker Book of [Subject-Goes-Here] Cartoons published by the Cartoon Bank, apparently by the thousands of titles. Readers are requested to check their personal libraries for rare copies of these books personalized with inscriptions or drawings by New Yorker cartoonists. Photos or scans will be appreciated.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Cartoon Collections Caption Contest #72

"Hermit Divorce," so the file name tells us, is the topic of the Cartoon Collections Caption Contest #72. My attempts are below. The drawing is by Jon Adams.
"Don't tell me you're going to that Unabomber."
"We'll get plumbing if it's so damn important to you."
"Check your cell. Any bars yet?"
"I suppose you'll tell your mother she was right."
"We had a deal. No lawyers."
"One more step and I won't take you back."

May 6, 2020 Update:  The Winner
In his Caption Contest Commentary, seven-time New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest winner Lawrence Wood mentions one of my captions! This is the seventh time, by my reckoning, that the seven-time winner has mentioned one of my captions. Apparently, my captions are more useful as object-lessons than winners:

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

My Entries in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for Spring 2020

Moment magazine seems to be going from bimonthly to quarterly, not an encouraging sign for the viability of print. What's more, that represents a potential loss of two caption contests per annum. My entries for the spring contest are below. There are ten submissions, or one for each Commandment. The graven image is by Benjamin Schwartz.
"Have Your Chosen People call Rocco, my Chosen Person."
"How much will it take for You to reconsider the Sixth Commandment?"
"Surely this town has some sinner that deserves a bit of roughing up."
"Why must You give my mother's veal parmigiana a bad name?"
"This town isn't big enough for the three of us."

"You'll never be worshipped in this town again."
"For once, spare me the holier-than-thou attitude."
"Hey, You, get Hoffa my cloud!"
"Yeah? Well, I come from the shul of hard knocks."
"Take all the world, but Delancey Street is mine."

June 9, 2020 Update:  The Finalists

October 25, 2020 Update:  The Winner

Monday, April 27, 2020

My Entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #707

Lighten your load with my entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #707 for April 27, 2020. The drawing is by Kaamran Hafeez.

"I'm having lunch with Sisyphus."

These captions weren't worldly enough:
"For once my shoulders aren't killing me."
"Do I tell you not to drop your coffee?"
"Get the door, dammit!"
"It's all I can do until the gyms reopen."
"I forgot the Advil."

May 4, 2020 Update:  The Finalists

May 11, 2020 Update:
  I voted with Grand Haven.

May 18, 2018 Update:
  The Winner

  In last week's Caption Contest, cartoonist Ellis Rosen 
took us on safari to see subway cars in the wild. My caption came from the wrong side of the tracks. Go take a ride on Contest #706
 and see where it takes you.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Deluxe Edition of The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons

The deluxe edition of The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons (2018) is distinguished from the regular edition by three portfolios of signed, limited edition cartoon prints by Roz Chast, Bruce Eric Kaplan, and Bob Mankoff. The prints are each published in an edition of 1,000 with printed limitation numbers and original ink signatures. The deluxe edition was first published at $800 but the price has come down to just over $500. Initially there was no way for buyers to know which cartoon prints were included without making the purchase, but now photographs on eBay tell the story.

The deluxe edition has a wider slipcase to accommodate the three cartoon prints:

Many of us in the old school believe limitation numbers should be handwritten and not printed.

The Encyclopedia's compiler, former cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, has included a print of his most famous cartoon.

Roz Chast is one of the magazine's most popular cartoonists:

The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons
eBay Listing Accessed April 25, 2020

eBay Item Description
Well, no, the book isn't really Anne of Green Gables. Sellers who submit multiple listings can be forgiven such slips. As, I've mentioned once before, the publisher's promotional copy incorrectly cites the earliest New Yorker cartoons as dating from 1924 rather than 1925. This error goes back to 2018 and was never corrected.

There is one and only one product rating and it's 5 stars. This suspiciously positive feedback is from palindromic eBay user zoeyyeoz. Make of that what you will.
Guess what? The only individual to leave feedback, zoeyyeoz, is no longer a registered eBay user.

These three cartoons were originally published in the New Yorker in the 1990s. The printed signatures on all three cartoons were removed for the limited edition to avoid having a redundant printed signature alongside the handwritten one.

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Bob Mankoff

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Sight Unseen: The Essential Charles Barsotti

What exactly does "Signed by Author(s)" mean? Is the following copy of The Essential Charles Barsotti (1998) listed on AbeBooks last leap day signed by the cartoonist Charles Barsotti, the book's subject, or by Lee Lorenz, the collection's editor? Is it signed by both? One could always ask the bookseller, I suppose, but where is the fun in that? For $18.84 I could buy the book myself sight unseen and report the outcome here. Why not do that?

Drumroll, please:

Now we know. It is signed and inscribed by the cartoonist. 

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Friday, April 24, 2020

The New Yorker Eleven at the Illustration Gallery

Who are the New Yorker Eleven? In 1993 a generation of eleven New Yorker cartoonists participated in an exhibition and sale at the Illustration Gallery in lower Manhattan.
Advertisement for the Illustration Gallery
The New Yorker, February 22, 1993, page 16

Note:  The drawing in the ad is by Bob Mankoff.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Sight Unseen: Kings Don't Carry Money by Charles Barsotti

Occasionally I report on my penchant for buying books which are described enticingly by booksellers but which are not accompanied by the photographs I would need to make a fully informed decision. In other words, this is my personal style of gambling. For example, a copy of Charles Barsotti's 1981 collection Kings Don't Carry Money is signed and inscribed by the author "with a drawing of a singing bird." That book listing sounded promising. The stock image which appeared on AbeBooks wasn't all that helpful:

Charles Barsotti
AbeBooks Listing Accessed February 29, 2020

The price seemed reasonable. I've reported on a similar copy of this book—songbird and all—previously, so the decision to go ahead and buy this copy sight unseen wasn't a difficult one. Here's what I received:

Note:  That similar copy of this book I mentioned above appeared on Attempted Bloggery in 2015 here.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Cartoon Collections Caption Contest #72

I must be getting old. The Cartoon Collections Caption Contest #72 proved too wild a ride for me. I did not submit even one caption—and certainly not the one I have here. The cartoon's file name of Mechanical Cab Ride was a hint that should have helped me out, but didn't. The drawing is by Teresa Burns Parkhurst.

"That's a lot of bull."

April 29, 2020 Update:  The Winner

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