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Sketchbook: Queen of Hearts by Company XIV

What happens when you give 8 New Yorker cartoonists free tickets to a burlesque show?

On Friday night a bunch of @NewYorkerMag cartoonists and illustrators were invited to Brooklyn to live sketch the incredible burlesque show #QueenOfHearts by Austin McCormick and Company XIV based on Alice in Wonderland.

✒️Our classy scribble gang consisted of:

Ellis J. Rosen, Jenny Kroik, Sofia Warren, Jason Adam Katzenstein (JAK), Hilary F. Campbell, Julia Rothman and Amy Kurzweil.

(Insta handles: @jkroik @sofiawarrenart @j.a.k._ @cartoonsbyhilary @jasonchatfield @juliarothman @amykurzweil )

Here are some of my sketches (click to enlarge):

It was so much fun. Minds were blown.🤯 Copious free champagne was drunk. 🥂 See more in my Instagram highlights.

Thank you to @companyxiv for the invite and to @sofiawarren for organising it.

Send us your best praying mantis gag to win original art!

Every week me and @scottdools get about 10 Praying Mantis gags pitched to the podcast. Below are 5 of mine that I like… There are many, many more. I want you all to pitch your best praying mantis jokes in the comments here. Best ones get read out on next week’s podcast and the winner gets this signed original art.
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Today's New Yorker Daily Cartoon: Mo-cap Melania!

As seen on today’s

On the back of the renewed #FakeMelania conspiracy… hear me and Scott Dooley coming up with this one in this week’s episode of Is There Something In This? below…

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Bonus material!

Here’s the rough I sent in for this toon:

One of my cartoons just made the New Yorker's "Trump in Review 2018" collection...

Very flattered to be included in The New Yorker's Trump in 2018 Review. 
Hopefully we don't have to draw him so much in 2019... I'm running out of orange ink.

Click here to see the whole collection.

Today's New Yorker Daily Cartoon: Complaining about the cold

Mine and @Scottdool’s cartoon in The New Yorker on this chilly Tuesday...

Funny story! I got the ‘ok’ on this one while I was on set of Doodle Wars this past June. I was sitting around between takes with Hilary F. Campbell and, tired as hell, we both filled the time drawing to stay awake. I inked it in on my sketchbook before getting called away to finish the show.

Actual interesting part of the story: When this cartoon was first pitched, it was June and people were just starting to complaining about the heatwave that had just engulfed New York after a particularly frosty spring. So, the original cartoon was actually reversed. Here’s the rough:

After it had sat in the drawer at the New Yorker for the Summer (In comedy, timing is everything… same with publishing cartoons!) I decided I might switch the gag around and re-send the artwork to use when Fall decided to snap into place.

Sure enough, I woke this morning at 7am to draw up the rest of my batch and felt that fresh bite on my toes. I had a feeling we might see this cartoon today…

You can hear Scott and I coming up with this one in an earlier episode of Is There Something in This? A weekly podcast where we come up with New Yorker cartoons. Available wherever you subscribe to pods.

Come see our live show tomorrow night (Wednesday) with a VERY special mystery guest, for just $5! Tix:

6 Duck Salads: A Cartoonist Lunch with Gus Van Sant

Last month I was invited to have lunch with a bunch of New Yorker cartoonists and the film director, Gus Van Sant. Gus directed of some of the greatest films of the past 20 years: "Good Will Hunting", "Milk", "Drugstore Cowboy", and has just released another brilliant film about the cartoonist John Callahan, "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot."

The invitation came from the Cartoon Editor of the New Yorker, Emma Allen, at our weekly Tuesday cartoon meeting. I was flattered to be asked, and to say the lunch was surreal is an understatement. I was more starstruck by some of the other cartoonists who showed up than I was by Gus!

The lunch took place at the decades-long traditional weekly 'cartoonists lunch' which usually takes place following the Tuesday cartoon meeting at the New Yorker. We shuffle up to Pergola Del Artistes in the Theatre District and talk shop over duck salad and cheap red wine.

My tablecloth sketch of Sam Gross.


6 of us ordered the gigantic duck salad and noshed away as Sam Gross held court, telling stories of his experience with Callahan and with other New Yorker cartoonists. Gossip and scandal aplenty! At one point I scribbled a quick portrait of Sam on the tablecloth and pitched a gag caption for one of his cartoons to a tableful of eye-rolls. Emma wrote up the goings-on at the lunch in this week's New Yorker in the "Talk of The Town" section.

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