Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dogsbodies Signed by Ralph Steadman

Two weeks ago at the Society of Illustrators, Ralph Steadman signed a copy of Dogsbodies (1970) to illustrator Stephen Kroninger, adding a sketch of—wait for it—a dog. Mr. Kroninger has generously provided Attempted Bloggery with the essential documentation:

Ralph Steadman, Dogsbodies, 1970

Inscribed "For Stephen! from Ralph Steadman" with a sketch of a dog

O.P. is bookseller shorthand for Out of Print. This secondhand copy is now one of the most desirable copies of Dogsbodies on the planet.

The line emanating from the dog's hind leg has been added by hand, as have the splotches. I know, right?

Note:  Thanks again to Stephen Kroninger for sharing his unique book and for being a friend to this blogger. Learn more about Mr. Kroninger's artwork at His photocollages have been exhibited at MoMA. Impressive, right?

I'm just about finishing up my little run of Ralph Steadman posts, which consists mostly of signed books with original sketches. If you've got something more you'd like to share here—original artwork, sketches, rarities, random ink splotches, what have you—by all means pass it along. I'll get to it some day...

"A Retrospective:  Ralph Steadman" is showing at the Society of Illustrators. Get to it by October 22.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Retrospective: Ralph Steadman Signed by Ralph Steadman

Illustrator Stephen Kroninger graciously provides us with these three photographs showing his prized copy of A Retrospective: Ralph Steadman (2016) signed just two weeks ago by the artist at the Society of Illustrators in New York. The inscription is unusual in that it is executed in both wash, above, and in ink. This inscription is accompanied by an original drawing of a cartoon face. The last photograph shows Mr. Steadman in the process of either diluting his ink or cleaning his pen.

Ralph Steadman, A Retrospective:  Ralph Steadman (2016)

Inscribed "For Stephen from Ralph Steadman" with a sketch of a cartoon face

Ralph Steadman signing at the Society of Illustrators

Note:  Thanks to Stephen Kroninger for furnishing these wonderful photographs. Be sure to check out his website and please also note that his work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. You see, he's just my typical blog reader...

Over the past two weeks, as you might have observed, I've featured signed books here by Ralph Steadman, many containing original sketches. These have been inscribed to Stephen Parr and now to Stephen Kroninger as well. A reasonable person might thereby conclude that Mr. Steadman inscribes books only to people named Stephen. Does anyone have a problem with that? Whatever the recipient's name, I would still love to publish images of other books that have been sketched upon, inscribed, and otherwise bespattered by Mr. Steadman.

"A Retrospective:  Ralph Steadman" is being exhibited at the Society of Illustrators through October 22. Small world.

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My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #537

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #537 for September 19, 2016. The drawing is by Mick Stevens.
"And I've had to reinvent our marriage."

Here are some other captions I simply couldn't reinvent:
"I was always attracted to his primitive qualities."
"I always say check with the patent office first, but does he listen?"

"He's reinvented the man cave."

Note:  Last week cartoonist Benjamin Schwartz psychoanalyzed a self-driving car. My caption lacked direction. Take a joyride to Contest #536.

See more posts about the free-wheeling Mick Stevens.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Alice in Wonderland Signed by Ralph Steadman

Ralph Steadman's 1967 illustrations for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland are almost fifty years old now, but they were modern classics from day one. A personalized copy of the 2006 paperback edition includes a quick sketch of Alice. She's looking rather angular and a bit crude here, more so than in the fantastical illustrations. This copy of the book was sold on eBay August 16, 2008 for $55.54 plus shipping and insurance.

Ralph Steadman, Alice in Wonderland (1973) by Lewis Carroll

Inscribed with a portrait sketch of Alice "For Stephen Parr from Ralph Steadman 2006."

Note:  This blog's author welcomes photos or scans of signed books by Ralph Steadman, particularly those containing original drawings. Got a Snark to share?

"A Retrospective:  Ralph Steadman" is now on view in New York at the Society of Illustrators through October 22. O frabjous day!

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I'm late!


The Joke's Over Signed by Ralph Steadman

The Joke's Over (2006) is Ralph Steadman's tribute to the writer Hunter S. Thompson, his friend who committed suicide in 2005. Thompson, the founder of gonzo journalism, leads his illustrator friend through a series of ill-advised adventures often involving drugs, alcohol, and guns. Steadman eventually finds a more sustainable path for himself, continuing to illustrate Thompson's American pieces from his studio in England. Steadman's memoir is surprisingly articulate, and the book is ultimately a funny and moving recollection of an engaging if pathologically unstable character.

Ralph Steadman, The Joke's Over, 2006

Inscribed "For Stephen Parr/Ralph Steadman 2006" with a drawing of a cartoon face

Note:  An event in the 2006 publicity tour for The Joke's Over seems to be where Mr. Steadman personalized each of the books for Stephen Parr that have been shown on the blog these past two weeks. Attempted Bloggery welcomes photos or scans of other signed Steadman books, particularly those with original drawings or sketches.

"A Retrospective:  Ralph Steadman" is now on view at the Society of Illustrators in New York through October 22. It's no joke.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

America Signed by Ralph Steadman

Ralph Steadman's America (1989) comes with a disclaimer:  "What you see in these drawings, of course, is not you Americans. They are only cartoons—not to be taken seriously—disregard them. They are terrible propaganda and obviously the ravings of a demented scribbler!" What a relief! In 2006, Mr. Steadman inscribed a copy of the book to Stephen Parr and added some teeth on the C in America just in case his drawings didn't have enough bite.

Ralph Steadman, America, 1989

Inscribed with a sketch of teeth "For Stephen Parr, Ralph Steadman 2006."

Note:  Say, would you like to contribute to this blog? I'll take original drawings, jottings, letters, scratchings, doodles, sketches, or anything else by Ralph Steadman for use here. How's that for an offer?

Try not to miss "A Retrospective:  Ralph Steadman" at the Society of Illustrators in New York, New York. It's a helluva town. Through October 22.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tales of the Weirrd Signed by Ralph Steadman

In 2006, Ralph Steadman inscribed to Stephen Parr a copy of his Tales of the Weirrd (1990), a book about assorted eccentrics which sported its own eccentric title spelling. The artist took care to capitalize all the letters of the recipient's surname in this and the other books he inscribed at the day's signing, just as he capitalizes the first syllable of his own surname in his distinctive signature. This raises the question of whether Mr. Steadman routinely inscribes a volume by capitalizing only the first syllable of his recipient's last name, imitating the asymmetric look of his own iconic signature.

Ralph Steadman, Tales of the Weirrd, 1990

Signed and inscribed "For Stephen Parr from Ralph Steadman 2006."

Note:  I plan to devote the remainder of this week to books by Ralph STEADman with original sketches and inscriptions to Stephen PARR. After that, I am prepared to move on to other subjects although I would happily share other Steadman book sketches with my readers if only some readers would care to share them with me.

You might consider "A Retrospective:  Ralph Steadman" at the Society of Illustrators for your next helping of inspiring illustration art. If you show up on Tuesdays between 5 and 8 p.m. and tell them I sent you they'll let you in for free. Through October 22.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

My Entries in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for July/August 2016

Here are my four entries in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for July/August 2016.
I submitted a total of four in the July/August 2016 contest. The drawing is by Benjamin Schwartz.
"Well, how did you want to spend our honeymoon?"
"The relationship books are for you."
"My mother always said you lacked ambition."
"What do you mean, bookish?"

But enough about me. My congratulations to this contest's three finalists:

Note:  Do you miss the beach already? I do. Did you finish your summer reading? Me neither. The good news is you can vote for your favorite caption in the current contest right here. Then, if you like geriatric humor, why not try your hand at captioning in the September/October contest? Go ahead, I'll race you!

You know, I enter an awful lot of these cartoon caption contests and for better or worse they're all preserved in the blog archives, every last one of them. See what happens when a fan of the art form dares to match wits with readers of the New Yorker and Moment. The Moment contest has been by far the more successful of the two for me. We don't speak of what goes on in the New Yorker's contest. And we don't link to it.

If you like statistics, I enter more cartoon caption contests by Benjamin Schwartz than by anyone else. That's a fact.


Monday, September 19, 2016

The Third Avenue Street Fair

The Third Avenue Street Fair was held on Sunday, September 11. I don't attend very many of these fairs; they don't usually have anything I'd want to buy. Still, it was one of my last chances to spend some time outdoors in the summer and anyway I desperately needed to find socks—you know, the dressy ones with the gold toes. So out I went.

The street fair covered Third Avenue from 67th Street to 86th Street.

Lady Liberty stands on her pedestal at 86th Street.

Pickle Me Pete

Balloon vendor


This unsigned poster image titled New York looks like the work of Ton Smits. The poster design deliberately imitates the New Yorker's logo without being a New Yorker image.

The view to the south

Still proudly for Bernie. The American Psycho! t-shirts may be inspired by a British New Statesman magazine cover.

New Statesman, March 11-17, 2016

New Yorker covers matted and for sale

Karl's Balls featuring takoyaki (octopus balls)
"From Osaka to Yo Blocka."

Glazed & Confused. Talkin' bout my generation.

Kettle Corn NYC

Green Ambulance, Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health

NYCFC bouncy house. The F is for soccer.

Urban Lobster Shack

So that explains it!

Opera on Tap performs at TheaterMania

Street harpist

Your Second Avenue Subway progress report

In conclusion, there was not one damn sock for sale on Third Avenue.

Note:  Does anyone know the cover illustrator for the New Statesman's "American Psycho" image?

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #536

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #536 for September 12, 2016. The drawing is by Benjamin Schwartz.

"I don't know where you're going with this."

While these captions of mine seemed to lack direction:
"I use Bing."
"You're driving yourself to distraction."
"I'm in the driver's seat here."
"Don't drive yourself crazy."

September 19, 2016 Update: The Finalists

Note:  Last week cartoonist Benjamin Schwartz—yeah, same guy—loaded a whale into the back of a convertible. My caption was a fish out of water. Get the big picture on Contest #535.

Then take a look at my collected posts on Benjamin Schwartz. Although he and I have similar training, you could argue that he seems to know just a bit more about cartooning.