Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of October 4, 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: it’s the Fall Books Issue, with the theme of the issue hammered home with this (now familiar) modernized Eustace heading the Table of Contents.
Sixteen cartoons, seventeen cartoonists. The Spill counts duos as one cartoonist. There’s one duo in this issue (that we know of). Millie von Platten, who began contributing cartoons to the magazine just about a year ago, handles the Spots this week.
The issue’s contributors includes Mort Gerberg, who is #2 on the magazine’s longest contributing active cartoonist list (Edward Koren is #1, having begun contributing in the issue of May 26, 1962). Mr. Gerberg’s first cartoon appeared in the issue of April 10, 1965.
Couldn’t be more pleased seeing Michael Shaw’s cartoon (p.76). Mr. Shaw’s work, for me, is the McDonald’s secret sauce of the week’s cartoons; the addition that gives the line-up that extra kick. Mr. Shaw’s drawing is the last in the issue — the first in the issue is by Lars Kenseth whose work reliably provides a kick as well. More applause for Chris Weyant’s fab drawing (p.37). An A+ caption. The drawing is proof — not that anyone needs or has requested proof — that our best cartoonists are excellent writers.
Elisabeth McNair’s drawing (p.30) is much fun — it’s what was once was called a “laffer” — do people still say that? Zach Kanin’s (p.33) is in that category as well. Good stuff!
The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch
Mr. Irvin’s classic design (shown above) was replaced in May of 2017 by — gasp! — a redraw. I keep my fingers crossed that Mr. Irvin’s
work will be brought back one of these days. Read more about all that here
In the meantime, I will begin showing parody mastheads, one-a-week, once-a-week (I don’t have a ton of them to show, but I’ll show what I have). I’d like to think that parody is the sincerest form of flattery, not imitation.
We’ll begin with the masthead from Snooze: The Best Of Our Magazine, published in 1986 by Workman, “Conceived and Created by” Alfred Gingold and John Bushkin: