Thursday, February 25, 2016

How Not to Get an Okay

Gag cartoonist Eli Stein shares some terrific in-house cartoons by Stan Fine -- unseen since the late 1950s, early 1960s. Look Magazine cartoon editor Gurney Williams distributed a broadsheet for cartoonists. This was specifically aimed at the cartoonists that were coming in on "look day," it was:

chock full of cartoon news, stories, gossip and photos. It even had a few running cartoon panels about the funny business of magazine gag cartooning. One panel was “How Not to Get an Okay” by Stan Fine, and another was “The Rat Race” by Jack Tippit.

Go look!

This was, of course, back in the day when cartoonists would appear in person and pitch their gag cartoons directly to the editors. I thought of this this week when I got an email that The New Yorker, which is the only magazine to still have an actual look day. The New Yorker has moved their traditional look day from Tuesdays to Wednesdays as of now.

-- Edited from a June 18, 2007 blog entry.

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