Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of August 23, 2021
August 16, 2021
The Monday Tilley Watch Takes A Glancing Look At The Art & Artists Of The Latest Issue Of The New Yorker
The Cover: a mid-August moment from Gayle Kabaker
The Cartoonists:
Eighteen cartoons, eighteen cartoonists (the Spill counts duos as one cartoonist. There are two duos in this issue…that we know of). No newbies. 
The Cartoons: Jason Katzenstein’s snail drawing (page 63) immediately brought to mind the work of Sam Cobean,* who specialized in imagined nakedness (his 1950 collection, was titled Naked Eye). Mr. Katzenstein’s drawing also made me think about other New Yorker snail drawings, and the cartoonists who drew them.
A quick look at the magazine’s database and a look-through the Cartoon Bank told me that there have not been a ton of snail drawings over the magazine’s 96 years (not a lot compared to say, cartoons about whales, or puppy dogs). An unofficial tally shows that there have been just a few cartoonists who spent time on snails, with one cartoonist in particular, Sam Gross, achieving snail cartoon immortality with this one.  Two cartoonists who have done a number of snail-centric cartoons are Amy Hwang (see her New Yorker video How to Draw Snails”) and Charles Barsotti. Others who did several or at least one include Victoria Roberts, Jack Ziegler, Shannon Wheeler, Dana Fradon, Ariel Molvig, Mick Stevens, Peter Steiner, Robert Kraus, and Nurit Karlin.
Random thoughts about a few other cartoons in this issue:
Victoria Robert’s mushrooms (page 28) are soooo fun, as are two cartoons opposite each other: Lars Kenseth’s restaurant-seeking couple on a couch and Maggie Larson’s limbo leash (pages 32 & 33). 
There are two bedtime story cartoons in the issue (is that a first?); Liana Finck’s confessional/excuses drawing (page 51) made me laugh because the structures resemble poolside changing booths.        
*Sam Cobean’s A-Z Spill entry 
Sam Cobean  Born, December 28, 1913, Gettysburgh, Penn. Died, July 2, 1951, Watkins Glen, New York. New Yorker work: 1944 -1951. Collections: Cobean’s Naked Eye (Harper Bros.,1950), the Cartoons of Cobean (Harper & Bros.,1952). 
The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch: 
We should thank our lucky stars that Rea Irvin (shown here) was in the right place at the right time when The New Yorker began its long run. He designed the perfect masthead you see below. In the Spring of 2017 it was replaced by a redraw(!)…not a Rea Irvin redraw mind you (meaning not an alternate masthead design, or the earlier version that ran in the magazine during its infancy). Anywho, it would be grand to see it back on its long-held perch, where it was, as Brendan Gill described it, “a mere reassuring blur.”   
AMY HWANG
ARIEL MOLVIG
CHARLES BARSOTTI
DANA FRADON
J.A.K.
JACK ZIEGLER
LIANA FINCK
MICK STEVENS
NURIT KARLIN
PETER STEINER
REA IRVIN
ROBERT KRAUS
SAM GROSS
SHANNON WHEELER
VICTORIA ROBERTS

Weekend Spill: New ToonStack…Hearts & Romance; Latest Cartoon Caption Contest Podcast Guest: Joe Dator; Article Of Interest…Liana Finck; More Spills: Chast’s Exhibit…and…50 Years Ago This Week In The New Yorker
Tuesday Spill: Ads…By Gluyas Williams, Peter Arno, Helen Hokinson; Daily Cartoonists (Monday & Tuesday)
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