Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of October 25, 2021: An Interesting Group Of Cartoons
October 18, 2021
The Monday Tilley Watch Takes A Glancing Look At Some Of The Art & Artists Of The Latest Issue Of The New Yorker
The Cover: A costume(?) cover by Ed Steed. See the cover artist’s clay figurines that inspired the cover here.
The Cartoonists:
Fifteen cartoons, sixteen cartoonists (Ed Steed has the cover). No newbies, no duos (that we know of). 
The Cartoons
Graphically speaking, an interesting group of cartoons. Not too long ago I mentioned that I tend to think of the drawings in each issue as somehow related despite the only connective tissue between them is that they appear in the same issue. The person selecting them to appear in the issue  — and there is but one person selecting which drawings appear each issue  — makes them all representative of a single mindset (at least to my mind). In that roundabout way, I think they are connected. (Not quite so singular is the selection process that results in a drawing being bought: first it must pass the cartoon editor, Emma Allen’s  muster, and then David Remnick’s (the magazine’s senior editor). 
 I began by saying how interesting the work this week was, graphically. For example, there’s a big difference, style-wise, between Joe Duffy’s drawing (Tunnel Of Laundry on page 30) and Jeremy Nguyen’s (the scarecrow drawing on page 29), just as there’s a huge difference between Suerynn Lee’s drawing (page 36) and Karl Stevens’ (page 40). This is all a good thing. If you are a New Yorker subscriber (or if you have access to print back issues) you can access any of the magazine’s issues, beginning with its first in February of 1925. Select a random issue and dive in. You’ll find that the art is wildly different (style-wise). As I’ve mentioned before, that variety is one of The New Yorker‘s not-so-secret secret ingredients.     
The Rea Irvin Talk Watch
Above is the Coca-Cola of magazine section headings, designed and drawn by the late very great Rea Irvin. It was replaced by New Coke in the spring of 2017. Read all about it here
Rea Irvin’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z: 
Rea Irvin (pictured above. Self portrait above from Meet the Artist) *Born, San Francisco, 1881; died in the Virgin Islands,1972. Irvin was the cover artist for the New Yorker’s first issue, February 21, 1925. He was the magazine’s first art and only art supervisor (some refer to him as its first art editor) holding the position from 1925 until 1939 when James Geraghty assumed the title of art editor. Irvin then became art director and remained in that position until William Shawn officially succeeded Harold Ross in early 1952. Irvin’s last original work for the magazine was the magazine’s cover of July 12, 1958. The February 21, 1925 Eustace Tilley cover had been reproduced every year on the magazine’s anniversary until 1994, when R. Crumb’s Tilley-inspired cover appeared. Tilley has since reappeared, with other artists substituting from time-to-time.
  
CARTOONIST
CARTOONISTS
DAVID REMNICK
ED STEED
EMMA ALLEN
JEREMY NGUYEN
JOE DUFFY
KARL STEVENS
NEW YORKER CARTOONS
REA IRVIN
SUERYNN LEE
THE NEW YORKER

Weekend Spill: The Best Part Of Waking Up Is New Yorker (?) Coffee In Your Cup; Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of October 11-15, 2021: More Spills…Reuben Awards, Podcasts Posted
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