Friday, March 31, 2023

Poems and Songs by Roz Chast: The Signed, Limited Edition

Poems and Songs by Roz Chast was published in 1985 by Ink, Inc. There was also a signed, limited edition of 300. Copy no. 252 was sold on eBay in January for $37.95. The seller has given us a good eyeful of this fairly uncommon book:


The limitation page with Roz Chast's signature

The title page

Table of Contents

Ad and The Babushka

The Harry Lester Story and Poor Mary

A Visit to Grandma's and The Story of Helen Magellan

Ad [TV Shows for the All-Long Underwear Network] and The Teabag Whirl

Bud's Back in Town and Bud Takes to the Hills

The Gravity Girls and There Ain't No Dogs on Mars

Ad [Barnyard in your Living Room, Inc. presents. . .] and The Worried Trucker's Song

Back cover

Roz Chast
eBay listing ended January 13, 2023

Roz Chast
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Thursday, March 30, 2023

National Doctors' Day: Making the Diagnosis With P. C. Vey

Today on National Doctors' Day we honor physicians for the essential work they do. P. C. Vey's original cartoon art for The New Yorker is presented here in acknowledgement of this noble tradition. The drawing was consigned to Swann Auction Galleries by Cartoon Collections in 2019 for the December Illustration Art sale.

"Oh, I do love a mystery."
P. C. Vey
Original art
The New Yorker, September 21, 2015, p. 72

P. C. Vey
Hammer price
Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art sale of December 10, 2019, Lot 275

Price realized with buyer's premium

The cartoon in the present lot was published by The New Yorker in 2015.

"Oh, I do love a mystery."
P. C. Vey
Original art
The New Yorker, September 21, 2015, p. 72

A cartoon by P. C. Vey

Those who purchased a Cartoons from The New Yorker 2018 calendar may also recall the drawing, which was featured prominently on the front of the box.


Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Shannon Wheeler: Murder Mystery

In 2019, Cartoon Collections (now CartoonStock) consigned a number of pieces of original New Yorker cartoon art to Swann Auction Galleries for their semiannual Illustration Art sale. Among them was this gem from Shannon Wheeler:

"Any clues?"
Shannon Wheeler
Original art
The New Yorker, January 30, 2012, page 39

Original New Yorker art by P. C. Vey, Shannon Wheeler, and Jack Ziegler were offered in the sale. These were consigned by Cartoon Collections, which also represented other New Yorker cartoonists in the sale.
Original New Yorker cartoon art by P. C. Vey, Shannon Wheeler, and Jack Ziegler on display at Swann Auction Galleries in 2019 before the sale

Shannon Wheeler
Hammer price
Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art sale of December 10, 2019, Lot 277

Price realized with buyer's premium

The cartoon was published in The New Yorker in 2012:

"Any clues?
Shannon Wheeler
Original art
The New Yorker, January 30, 2012, page 39

A cartoon by Shannon Wheeler


Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Shannon Wheeler: The Only Redeemable Coupon in Life

If ever a character belonged on a coffee mug, it's Shannon Wheeler's Too Much Coffee Man. A promotional drawing from 2016 was one of three used as a part of a wraparound design. The mug informs us that "The only redeemable coupon in life is action," and this drawing is pure hyperkinetic action. The artist sold his original art of the perennially overcaffeinated character in 2017 on Etsy.

Shannon Wheeler
Etsy listing accessed January 8, 2017


Monday, March 27, 2023

My Entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #843

The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #843 from the issue of March 27, 2023 should be solvable with the greatest of ease. My caption is shown below. The drawing is by P. C. Vey.

"Next time, bring the net."

These captions were a little too slippery:

"I see you're not complaining now about all the circus lessons."
"When did you last wash these hands?"
"I'd like to see you try this with your Adobe Acrobat."

April 7, 2023 Update:  The Finalists

April 17, 2023 Update:
  I voted for the caption from Boston.

April 23, 2023 Update:  The Winner


Sunday, March 26, 2023

The New Yorker's "Blowhard" Issue Signed by Donald Trump

For anyone who has ever wondered whether Donald Trump would personally sign a copy of The New Yorker of August 28, 2017, the issue featuring David Plunkert's "Blowhard" cover, the answer is yes. The cover was published after a horrific episode of white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, when the president infamously commented at a press conference that "you also had people that were very fine people on both sides." The illustration depicts Trump sitting aft in a sailboat. He is blasting air in order to inflate a white sail with eye holes that visually transform it into a Klansman's hood. The American Society of Magazine Editors named Plunkert's New Yorker cover, his first, their Cover of the Year.

The autographed cover, with Trump's zigzag of a signature and retaining the subscription mailing label, even, was sold on eBay late last year. There probably aren't too many of these out there.

Donald Trump
eBay listing ended December 28, 2022

Donald Trump
eBay item description

The unsigned, award-winning magazine cover:


Saturday, March 25, 2023

The New Yorker's "Fist Bump" Issue Signed by Barack Obama

For anyone who has ever wondered whether 2008 Presidential candidate Barack Obama would personally sign a copy of The New Yorker of July 21, 2008, the issue featuring Barry Blitt's notorious "Fist Bump" cover, the answer is yes. The cover depicts Obama wearing Muslim attire while his wife Michelle appears as a radical extremist. The American flag burns in the fireplace. Probably you already know the whole story. If you're coming upon this image with fresh eyes, see if you can divine the liberal magazine's political intentions. I'd happily explain it, but who really needs to have a magazine cover illustration explained?

The signed cover, presumably quite a rarity, was sold on eBay in 2017.

The New Yorker's "Fist Bump" Issue Signed by Barack Obama
eBay listing ended April 21, 2017

The New Yorker's "Fist Bump" Issue Signed by Barack Obama
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Note:  Again, I don't feel any personal obligation to defend or explain this cover art. That's New Yorker editor David Remnick's job and before the issue hit the newsstands he offered some preemptive damage control in an interview with the Washington Post. His words were subsequently quoted in the Guardian here. Suffice it to say both the Obama and the McCain campaigns condemned this cover, a rare point of bipartisan agreement.

Here's the cover as most of us have seen it, without Obama's signature: