The New Yorker on Food and Chicago Comics

The new New Yorker is a Food and Drink issue.

One of the thrills of living in a big city, especially a cosmopolitan one like New York or London, where the cartoonist and artist Tom Gauld lives, is the abundance and variety of delicacies that are readily available to tempt even the most finicky of palates. For the cover of this week’s Food & Drink Issue, Gauld gives us a glimpse of the whole range of tastes that city dwellers yearn for. We recently spoke to him about his inspirations and what he learned while working on his first book for the under-ten set.

© Condé Nast; © Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld drew the cover, and here is the interview about it and his new book.

MIchael Maslin talks a bit about the “drawings.”

Drawings in the issue range from the distant past (Otto Soglow’s, from 1937, being the earliest) to the not so distant past (Ed Steed’s from 2013). If I had a New Yorker wish jar, one of the wishes would be that these archival issues were published not as regular issues, but as bonus issues, surprising us in our mailboxes and online.

© Condé Nast

For those with inquiring minds,- Gauld’s is not the first New Yorker cover with a bared breast.


Elsewhere The New Yorker goes to Chicago where Chris Ware informs them (and us) about that city’s history with newspaper comics with a wonderfully illustrated article on Chris’s “Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960)”

Sunday Tribune via Peter Maresca; Inter Ocean via John Adcock

Bonus to visitors of the exhibit:

All visitors to the exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center receive a sixteen-page, full-color lithographed comic section, reproduced at the original large size of early comics in the medium (ink on newsprint) for which they were intended—along with a special sixteen-page collection of a then-teenaged Daniel Day’s earliest cartoons for the Chicago Defender (Day was said to be the newspaper’s youngest hire).

“Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960),”
curated by Chris Ware with Tim Samuelson, is on display
at the Chicago Cultural Center, Sidney Yates Gallery,
from now through January 9, 2022.

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