Tagged: The New Yorker

Review: ‘Cartoon Marriage’ by Liza Donnelly and Michael Maslin

Review: ‘Cartoon Marriage’ by Liza Donnelly and Michael Maslin

Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony by The New Yorker’s Cartooning Couple
By Liza Donnelly and Michael Maslin
Random House, January 2009, $24.00

Donnelly and Maslin are both professional cartoonists – both regularly appearing in The New Yorker – and have been married for twenty years. [[[Cartoon Marriage]]] is their paired look at modern relationships, consisting of two hundred reprinted New Yorker cartoons – divided roughly right down the middle – and some new comics-format pages to explain and introduce each section.

(The two of them have collaborated on two previous books – [[[Call Me When You Reach Nirvana]]] and [[[Husbands and Wives]]] – the latter of which sounds very similar in scope and theme to this new one. But both of those are well over a decade old, so presumably they have a lot more marriage to reflect on now – as well as more cartoons to choose from.)


Brooklyn Gallery Spotloights Italian Artists

Brooklyn Gallery Spotloights Italian Artists

The Italian comic book artists are getting showcased at the Scott Eder Gallery in Brooklyn.  The show, running from October 10 through November 25, will showcase the work of 10 artists including Lorenzo Mattotti (New Yorker), Milo Manara, Tanino Liberatore (RanXerox), Sergio Toppi (Yellow Kid award winner), Igort, Gipi, plus newcomers Manuele Fior, Marco Corona, Gabriella Giandelli, and Andrea Bruno.

Italian comic book artists first gained attention in the 1970s through Heavy Metal magazine, making stars out of Manara and Liberatore.  Now fans can check out the works up close and personal with many works available for purchase.

Eder has been dealing in comic book art for over a decade and certainly knows his artists.

Fans not near the gallery can check out these people at Eder’s website.

Barry Blitt’s Other New Yorker Covers

Barry Blitt’s Other New Yorker Covers

There’s been quite the hub-bub over artist Barry Blitt’s recent New Yorker cover featuring presidential candidate Barack Obama dressed in traditional Muslim garb and surrounded by various jingo-tastic symbols in the Oval Office, and you can catch up on some of the debate via ComicMix Editor-in-Chief Mike Gold’s recent column, "We Will Think For You."

However, ComicMix reader Simon Owens recently posted a pair of past New Yorker covers created by Blitt that might be of interest to anyone following this story, too.

In all the news coverage over the controversial New Yorker cover depicting the Obamas as terrorist extremists, I haven’t seen many mentions of other works by Barry Blitt, the artist of that cover. Two of his covers last year — which I’m posting below — were among the best the magazine has featured in years.

This first one had every political cartoonist in America smacking his head, saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Thanks for the tip, Simon!

Comics Creators on New Yorker’s Obama Cover

Over at the Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon has done quite a service by compiling the thoughts of a huge (HUGE) number of comics creators on the controversial cartoon gracing the latest issue of the New Yorker.

You can see the image at right. It shows a Muslim, militant Obama and his wife in the Oval Office, giving a fist bump as the flag burns in the fire and a picture of Osama bin Laden hangs on the wall.

Paul Pope is one of the respondents:

I wonder if you are somehow sensing a connection to the Dutch cartoonist case. If anything, this again reconfirms the power of the pen, and how this ancient tool of protest and satire can be used to such controversial and potent ends. I applaud The New Yorker for this.

There’s tons more, and it’s all worth a read. Personally, I’m an Obama supporter, and I really like the cover. I’ve read so much about the stupid mistaken "facts" being perpetrated about Obama (like this story in the Washington Post by my pal Eli Saslow) that it’s a relief to see them so effectively caricatured.

Dean Haspiel and the ‘Street Code’ Preview

Dean Haspiel and the ‘Street Code’ Preview

Over at Whitney Matheson’s Pop Candy blog, there’s a preview of Dean Haspiel’s upcoming semi-autobiographical webcomic Street Code. I’ve always been a fan of Haspiel’s work, ever since I first encountered a Billy Dogma story published by the act-i-vate webcomics collective.

From Matheson’s post about the preview:

"I felt that it was the right time to take what I learned drawing other people’s lives the past few years and revisit drawing my own," he told me.

The story follows Jack, a New Yorker who relocates from Alphabet City to Brooklyn, "where most everything he stumbles upon is not as it seems."

What I find most interesting about this project is that Haspiel is publishing it on DC’s controversial Zuda Comics webcomic imprint. Haspiel’s sensibilities have always struck me as more indie-aligned despite his work with some of the larger publishers, so it will be interesting to see how he’ll fare in this heavily scrutinized publishing model.

Street Code kicks off July 18.

Weekend Window-Closing Wrapup: June 22, 2008

Weekend Window-Closing Wrapup: June 22, 2008

Back from a long break, crazy deadlines, and other fun stuff… and, man, it didn’t take long for my windows to stay open again, particularly with the new version of Firefox. So, what’s keeping my browser from running well?

Harry Bliss got picked on for lifting a Kirby image for a New Yorker cartoon contest, but it wasn’t the first time he lifted an iconic image for the contest.

Scarlett Johannson tells you to get on your knees. Jamie King tells you to come to her. Sarah Paulson tells you to keep the mask on. Man, the Spirit movie is going to be kinky. Hubba-hubba.

Wonder Woman finds a dead body in the Potomac. Cue the Jack C. Harris cred– what? It really happened?

If you’re using Verizon to read alt.binaries.comics, you’ve got until Thursday before Verizon shuts off your access. I’m cancelling my service over it, how about you?

Robotech of the Lost Ark?


New Yorker Copies Kirby ‘Tales To Astonish’ Cover Image?

New Yorker Copies Kirby ‘Tales To Astonish’ Cover Image?

 According to Gawker, the New Yorker recently ran a cartoon that plagiarizes the very famous cover of Tales to Astonish by King of Comics, Jack Kirby.  The too-cool-for-school blog asks, "Comic book geeks, your services are at last required.  How obscure is this?" 

On behalf of geeks everywhere, allow me to say, it’s not at all obscure.  It’s one of the more famous images around.

[Above image pulled from Gawker for use in comparison.]

Review: ‘Sex and Sensibility’ edited by Liza Donelly

Review: ‘Sex and Sensibility’ edited by Liza Donelly

What do women want? Sigmund Freud thought he knew, but we all know about him. After a few decades of feminism, it’s become clearer that the best way to find out what women want is… to ask them.

Sex and Sensibility
Edited By Liza Donelly
Hachette/Twelve, April 2008, $22.99

Donelly is a noted single-panel cartoonist and the author of Funny Ladies, a history of female cartoonists for The New Yorker. (She also teaches at my alma mater, Vassar College, which instantly inclines me to consider her a world-class expert on whatever she wants to be – we Vassarites have to stick together.)

Donelly collected nine of her colleagues – mostly single-panel magazine cartoonists, with a couple of editorial cartoonists for spice – and asked them to contribute cartoons on women, men, sex, relationships – that whole area. Two hundred cartoons later, [[[Sex and Sensibility]]] emerged. It’s divided into several thematic sections — Sex, Sensibility, Women, Lunacy, and Modern Love — and each cartoonist provided an essay about herself and her work, which are sprinkled throughout.




Adrian Tomine is an anomaly on the current alternative-comics scene – his stories are absolutely realistic, in both their artistic look and their mundane events, but aren’t obviously autobiographical at all. The closest comparison I can think of is that he’s a Northern Californian Gilbert Hernandez – deeply concerned with ethnicity and identity – but working more as a miniaturist. (Tomine is clearly influenced by the modern New Yorker school of short prose fiction; many of his stories could have been adapted straight from a Raymond Carver short story.)

Shortcomings is Tomine’s longest story to date – his first graphic novel-length tale at all – reprinting a three-issue storyline from Tomine’s irregular comic, Optic Nerve. But his virtues and interests are still those of a short-story writer: close evocation of character, realistic dialogue, small-scale events. None of the events are overly dramatic…but the main character certainly is.

Ben Tanaka is a young Japanese-American man living in Berkeley – managing a movie theater, in a rut with his live-in girlfriend Miko, denying that he’s obsessed with blonde Caucasian girls, and only really connecting with his lesbian friend Alice. He’s angry about nothing in particular, and frustrated about his entire life without quite realizing it himself. He’s our viewpoint character – in every scene, and at the center of most of them – but it’s hard to identify with him, since he is such a prick. He’s young and disaffected, but doesn’t think of himself that way – he thinks he’s doing all right, and doesn’t realize that he’s a complete jerk.


The All-New 1982 Show

The All-New 1982 Show

Comics Links

The Beat has a few choice photos from the 1982 San Diego Comic-Con – sure, it was smaller and easier to get around, but look at the clothes they had to wear! (This photo of Mark Evanier, and the others at this link are by Alan Light.)

Todd Allen is not entirely positive in this Comics Should Be Good report on Wizard World Chicago.

Grumpy Old Fan (at Newsarama) pokes at the current legal issues around Superboy’s ownership.

The Beat has posted the official, lawyer-approved settlement agreement between Fantagraphics and Harlan Ellison.

Comics Reviews

Charleston City Paper reviews a few comics collections, including Flight, Vol. 4 and Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting.

Blogcritics reviews the first issues of Black Adam and Metal Men.

The A.V. Club has a comics review column this week, starting off with Fletcher Hanks’s I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets and covering over a dozen other compilations or original GNs.

Comics Reporter reviews Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened.

Comics Reporter reviews Gilbert Hernandez’s Chance in Hell.

Brian Cronin at Comics Should Be Good reviews Good As Lily, the new Minx comic.

The Savage Critics usually has a couple of reviews every day (and I’m too lazy to link to every single one of them); here’s Graeme McMillan writing about a bunch of comics that came out last week.

Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing reviews Death Valley.