Tuesday Spill: An Anniversary; Two “Pony Edition” Oddities; Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; “The Neural Yorker”; Interview Of Interest: Roz Chast & Rosanne Cash
In the summer of 2007, I started a website devoted to my work — it seemed like that was the thing to do at the time; I imagined everybody in the New Yorker cartoon community was building a website — although that was far from true. Once my site was up and running, with examples of my work, and the cartoon books I’d published, there wasn’t much to do with it, except visit and maybe add a drawing every once in awhile.
Luckily, a thought occurred: why not do something more with this? Why not create a bulletin board of news for cartoonists…and how about digging into some New Yorker
cartoonist history? Andjustlikethat, Ink Spill
was born, in the month of August, fourteen years ago.
As I do every anniversary I want to thank all of you cartoonists and non-cartoonists who visit, write in, share materials, donate materials, suggest stories, and correct my mistakes. The Spill is all about getting things as right as possible — I appreciate all the help I can get. I treasure an interview I did in June of 2014 with The New Yorker‘s former art editor (and later cartoon editor), Lee Lorenz. He mentioned a cartoonist (John Corcoran) who had provided ideas for other cartoonists, to which I replied: “I didn’t know that.” Lee responded, with that killer ironic smile of his: “And I thought you knew everything.”
It gives me great pleasure that over these fourteen years the Spill has received over 20 million hits. It’s a blast knowing that there’s that much interest in New Yorker cartoons and in the magazine’s cartoonist community, past and present. Onward now to the Spill‘s 15th anniversary, and well beyond.
Two “Pony Edition” Oddities
Reaching again into one of three boxes of archival materials recently donated to the Spill by an incredibly generous donor, I began looking at the complete set of so-called Pony Editions of the magazine produced during WWII. These were smaller versions of The New Yorker given free to members of the armed forces. They contained no advertising.
The run began in 1943 with monthly issues, from September to December. But when the new year began (1944) something labeled “Excerpts” appeared. It duplicated the cover, by Alajalov, of the January 8, 1944 issue, but in b&w, not color. As you see in the box on the cover (shown below left), Excerpts contains elements of the January 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29th issues. To its right is the newsstand cover of The New Yorker, dated January 8, 1944. (I’ve approximated the size difference).
Monthly Excerpts apparently disappeared for February and March of ’44, but returned in April, with the Hokinson cover you see far below. Again, the Excerpts cover ran in b&w; the newsstand cover, dated April 22, 1944, appears beside it. Looking through all of the pony editions, from 1943 -1946, I see no other issues reproduced in b&w.
With the Hokinson Excerpts, that was that for “Excerpts.” Beginning in April of ’44 (despite there being an Excerpts for the month) the pony editions were produced weekly, mirroring the newsstand issues (but only cover-wise), through the very end of 1946.
Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon
Monday’s Daily Cartoonist
: Brooke Bourgeois, who began contributing cartoons to The New Yorker
— There’s always somethin’.
Interview Of Interest: Roz Chast & Rosanne Cash This video
from June of 2021 year on the occasion of Ms.Cash
receiving the MacDowell Medal.
May there be many more. Easily my favourite blog in the entire internets. (And I’ve read them all.)