Making a living as a cartoonist isn’t easy, as longtime Beat readers well know. However, one excellent source of revenue for a while was The New Yorker’s Cartoon Bank, which licensed cartoons for secondary use, netting creators sometimes thousands of dollars. But as this amazing piece by Seth Simons at Paste reveals, the business has been neglected and revenue […]
§ Nice Art: I saw some art from Argentine cartoonist Enrique Alcatena floating around and that dude is good. Please, won’t someone launch Enkidu Comics? § Emma Allen, the new, youthful cartoon editor for the New Yorker, has been the object of much curiosity, as many wonder if millennials are able to experience humor, but this extensive […]
Okay it’s been a while, but FREE COMICS ARE BACK. And we’re back with My Body and My Daughter: An In-Depth Analysis by Glynnis Fawkes in The New Yorker. Fawkes is a new name to the New Yorker family – maybe the influence of new cartoons editor Emma Allen? Fawkes is an award winning cartoonist who hasn’t […]
§ In the biz we call this “Hell Week” because you have to get everything done for con in JUST ONE WEEK. Emails at 1 am. Emails at 6 am. Corrections. Schedules. Powerpoints. 15 minutes of hold music. Caffeine, and lots of it. And, the ritual posting of the “San Diego Horror” gif from The […]
Robert Mankoff is stepping down as cartoon editor of The New Yorker. He will be replaced by Emma Allen, a New Yorker staffer. Will the nature of laghter itself change?
Some interesting comics news just hit the wire. In response to the election of Donald Trump, Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman have put out an open call for submissions for a new political newspaper called RESIST! For those who have felt fear or anger due to the events surrounding this election, this seems like an excellent […]
by Alex Dueben Daniel Alarcón’s short story City of Clowns was originally published by The New Yorker in 2003 and then as part of his collection War by Candlelight. Since then, Alarcón has been acclaimed as one of the preeminent writers of his generation as a novelist, short story writer and journalist with books like […]
Frankly, we need this book.
Ever wonder how cartoons REALLY get into the New Yorker? Tonight Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists debuts on HBO after a brief theatrical run. Directed by Leah Wolchok, it’s a full length documentary that follow the New Yorker’s Bob Mankoff and staff on the cartoon rounds. If you enjoy seeing […]
Although The Beat is a loyal New Yorker subscriber (it’s the only thing that holds our attention whilst on the elliptical) just beause you’re a subscriber does’t mean you get the Cartoons of the Year special edition. However if our email is to be believed, this issue includes several new pieces that may necessitate a trip to the newsstand.