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Cartoon of the Day

October 29, 2010

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Leo Cullum Remembered on NBC Nightly News

October 28, 2010

The passing of Leo Cullum, one of The New Yorker‘s best-loved cartoonists, was commemorated Tuesday night in this spot on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Watch the Nightly News video clip for photos of Leo and his work.

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October 28, 2010

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October 27, 2010

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RIP Leo Cullum (1942-2010)

October 25, 2010

"Never, ever, think outside the box."

We are incredibly saddened to report that today The New Yorker lost a lion among cartoonists as well as a lion in name. Leo Cullum, one of the magazine’s most popular cartoonists, has passed away, leaving behind him the hundreds of delightful images he created for The New Yorker, Barron’s, and The Harvard Business Review, among other publications.

A former pilot for the Marines and TWA, Leo published his first cartoon in The New Yorker in 1977. Over the decades since then, Leo grew to be greatly admired by the magazine’s readers and his fellow artists alike. His sense of humor ranged from droll to sardonic to almost cute – the latter especially in his famous animals, who frequently confronted very human obstacles – and he managed to always be funny without being overtly wicked. In so doing, Leo earned the rare distinction of being a cartoonist whose jokes everyone could get – and love.

You can see our collection of Leo Cullum cartoons here, or read our interview with Leo from last December.

Emily Flake Reflects on a Lifetime of Drawing

October 20, 2010

Emily Flake may have gotten a head start on her artistic career when she was born with an unusual last name – one that guaranteed her a lot of teasing, and so set her up with the awkward childhood that she now calls “very important to being a good artist.” Years later, Emily’s overcome her early challenges and then some. Her first work was published in The New Yorker in 2008, and in recent months, her cartoons have been popping up on an increasingly regular basis. Besides that, she illustrates an offbeat comic strip, “Lulu Eightball,” which appears in many weekly newspapers, and has put out a book about quitting smoking (NB: she hasn’t, entirely), These Things Ain’t Gonna Smoke Themselves. We sat down with Emily recently to talk about all this and more.

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall – Who’s the Spookiest of Them All?

October 19, 2010

Eicke, October 27, 1945

Practically everyone loves Halloween. What’s not to love? Candy; children dressed up looking adorable; adults dressed up looking hysterical, or weird, or creepy; watching early horror films like The Old Dark House; haunted hayrides … No family dramas (well, except trying to prevent the kids from gobbling up all the goodies at once!), cooking until you’re exhausted, or buying gifts. Over time, what started as a pagan harvest ritual morphed first into an attempt to throw the devil off your trail (by disguising yourself or offering treats to the spirits), then into what we know today – a fun night for everyone, in which warding off evil takes a back seat and the best costume prevails.

Who’s our favorite bizarre-yet-lovable cartoonist? We always vote hands down for Charles Addams.  His cartoons are both timeless and delicious – just “evil” enough, but not nasty. They always maintained an undertone of warmth and good humor, much like Addams the man.

But while everyone probably agrees that Addams wins the first-place medal of macabre honor, other artists have earned their creepy cred as well. Behold the following from these equally talented runners-up – Carl Rose, Gahan Wilson, Frank Cotham, and George Booth.

Rose, November 2, 1940

By Carl Rose for the November 2, 1940 New Yorker.

Wilson, September 14, 2009

Wilson, April 13, 2009

Cotham, July 27, 2009

Booth, November 4, 1985