One of the things I like best about Liana Finck is her ability to not only be the only thing like her in comics but to communicate that fact clearly and with charm. Seldom are her cartoons transcriptions of actions — this happened then this happened then this happened — but rather the live unpacking […]
We’ve never been stingy with praise of Emily Flake here. Her Lulu Eightball webcomic skewered millennial life before we never even knew what to call it and she carried her sharp, whimsical humor right over to the New Yorker, where her work has been flourishing for nearly a decade. She outdid herself with this one […]
Francoise Mouly “said to me on several occasions that she doesn’t really want to be doing what other book publishers are doing. Why should I? There’s lots of them out there doing that. Let’s try some new stuff. That is her attitude. She loves experimentation.”
The New Yorker has been on a recent run of covers by cartoonists, with Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes doing recent covers. Now Jaime Hernandez has joined the gang with a cover for the annual food issue. “I put both mustard and ketchup on my hot dogs,” Jaime Hernandez says of his image for the […]
Adrian Tomine, whose collection Killing and Dying is what everyone is going to be talking about this fall, has the cover of this week’s New Yorker and it’s s typically note perfect image of gentrification in the face of raw sewage, otherwise known as Life In These Here Five Boroughs. The above link has a gallery of Tomine’s other covers and they are all equally perfect, although I’m particularly partial to the one about moving to Jersey. Others love this updated “Shop round the Corner” image from 2008.
This week’s New Yorker has a cover by Adrian Tomine, and he discusses it inside the magazine: “When I heard that the 9/11 memorial and museum were going to be the top tourist attractions in New York this summer,” Adrian Tomine says about this week’s cover, “I first sketched only tourists going about their usual […]
You’ve got to be pretty funny when your rejected cartoons win an Eisner, but that’s what happened to Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man) with I Thought You Would Be Funnier, a collection of his cartoons—including many rejected by The New Yorker—which won an Eisner for Best Humor Publication in 2011. Well, there’s more where […]
William Kuskin, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado, Boulder, introduced Denver Comic Con’s keynote speaker, cartoonist Chris Ware, as a man who presents “honesty” as an “antidote to the emptiness we see in culture now, countered by art, even if he evokes a nightmare through that honesty”. Ware guided the audience at DCC through the […]
On the “authority” scale, the idea of New Yorker cover editor Françoise Mouly launching a blog about New Yorker covers and art would rank….very high. And so Blown Covers, which she describes as a personal blog. Although it’s unafiliated with the New Yorker, she’s holding weekly themed New Yorker cover contests and is “always on the lookout for good ideas and great artists.” So yeah, this is an audition.
BY JEN VAUGHN – Cartoonist James Sturm wrote an insightful piece on submitting cartoons to the New Yorker posted on The Slate. As a cartoonist or unfortunately termed ‘graphic novelist,’ Sturm is used to drawing stories in the long term, stretching a few hundred pages, panel upon panel upon panel upon YES, panel. How Sturm spent his summer vacation was a cartoon a day to build up a keeper-portfolio for The New Yorker. Sturm relearned to let go of the beats you find in a long-form comic to sketch loosely and effectively situations right after that something funny, something intangible occurred. He includes many of his cartoons in the article including this close-to-home joke and one of my favorites, when the caption is recycled for a different situation.