Friday, June 21, 2013

James Whiting: Cartoonist Continues Life's Work

Photo of Jim Whiting by Jared Whitlock. Ten of Mr. Whiting's cartoons, representing gag cartoons of the 1950s, will be on display during Art Illustrated: Celebrating Comic Art at the Escondido (CA) Center for the Arts. The show opened yesterday and runs to July 28, 2013.

There's a saying the cartoonists never retire. I guess that's because when you do a job you love, you don't want it to end.

Jim Whiting, at age 87, still cartoons at his home studio in Encinitas, CA.

Jared Whitlock, writing for The Coast News, cites curator Andrew Farago:

“He’s a very talented gag cartoonist in the classic New Yorker mold,” Farago said.

Whiting cartoons with the pen that New Yorker cartoonist Sam Cobean gave him.

I showed him some drawings after a few months studying in Chicago,” Whiting said. 
“He told me ‘well, maybe you ought to try another art school,’” Whiting added with a laugh. “He was brash sometimes, but still always very helpful and instrumental to my development.”

The whole story is here.

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