“I’ve always looked at cartooning as comedy’s last frontier,” writes Steve Martin in the introduction to his new book. “I have done stand-up, sketches, movies, monologues, awards show introductions, sound bites, blurbs, talk show appearances and tweets, but the idea of a one-panel image with or without a caption mystified me. I felt like yeah, sometimes I’m funny, but there are these other weird freaks who are ACTUALLY funny.”
At a cocktail social gathering one night time, he occurred to fulfill Francoise Mouly, the artwork and canopy editor of the New Yorker. He talked about that he had a cartoon concept; she put him in contact with Harry Bliss, a cartoonist and canopy artist for the New Yorker.
A collaboration was born.
“Harry Bliss turned out to be the ideal partner,” writes Martin. “We rarely speak to each other, and we live in different states.”
Sometimes Martin would ship him an concept for the cartoon, and Bliss would execute it; different occasions, Bliss would ship Martin a totally sketched cartoon that was prepared for Martin’s caption.
Over the course of a 12 months, the two collaborated on over 150 cartoons, and, as Martin writes, “our work evolved from dogs and cats to outer space and art museums.”
“A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection” (Celadon Books), out now, showcases the skills of each males. In one cartoon, two canines are eating collectively at a flowery restaurant. They are consuming wine. “Then, when I got a little money, I said, I’m never eating off the ground again,” one canine is explaining to the different.
In one other, two dad and mom watch as their toddler rides a unicycle by their residence. “Encourage or discourage?”
A cocktail social gathering of turkeys involves a halt when a peacock makes a giant, showy entrance: “Oh great, THIS guy,” says one turkey to the different.
The book is stuffed with cartoons which can be by turns gloriously foolish and intelligent, with the trademark Martin goof viewers have come to anticipate from him over his many years in leisure.