Friday, June 27, 2008

R.I.P.


 From the New York Times:  

     Ed Arno, whose sketchy, casually rendered cartoons on topics domestic and cosmic appeared regularly in The New Yorker for more than 30 years, died on May 27. He was 92.
     Mr. Arno, whose vaguely Thurberesque lines were characterized by Brendan Gill as “skittering squiggles,” dealt in whimsy and deadpan surrealism. A minister, conducting a marriage ceremony, tells a couple, “I now pronounce you both legally insane.” A group of swimming swans toast Tchaikovsky. The pebble glass window on an office door reads, “N.Y. Dept. of N.J.”
     I am a huge fan of cartoonists, and Arno's work was legendary. The cartoons in The New Yorker were once the subject of a Seinfeld subplot that paid a mocking tribute to their sly subtleties.
     Slyly funny. 
     The accompanying cartoon was Arno's last for the magazine.      
     
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