Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mischa Richter: On Being Oneself

Be yourself? Original New Yorker art by Mischa Richter from 1995 gets pragmatic about individualism.

"I tried being myself, but it wasn't getting me anywhere."
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, July 24, 1995, page 60


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"I tried being myself, but it wasn't getting me anywhere."
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, July 24, 1995, page 60
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mischa Richter: The Unforgiven

An original 1990 New Yorker cartoon by Mischa Richter brilliantly conflates the political and the personal. Note too the body language: how the husband leans forward in a bid for the marriage counsellor's attention and empathy while the wife and the counsellor demonstrate their respective personal and professional emotional detachment.

"She can forgive Nixon, but she can't forgive me."
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, October 1, 1990, page 33


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"She can forgive Nixon, but she can't forgive me."
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, October 1, 1990, page 33


Cartoons by William Hamilton and Mischa Richter



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Monday, August 14, 2017

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #579

God save the King! And my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #579 for August 7, 2017. The drawing is by Carolita Johnson.

"Well, Rex and I don't think all pampering is spoiling."



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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mischa Richter: In the Court of Public Opinion

Never mind the courts! A cartoon by Mischa Richter from 1995 mocks the fact that legal cases are "tried" in the court of public opinion on the afternoon talk shows. "The Sally Jessy Raphael Show," later simply "Sally," aired from 1983 to 2002. Note that the artist misspelled the talk show host's middle name as Jesse in his hand-written caption.

"Your case has been turned down by Oprah, but we're
appealing to Sally Jessy Raphael."

Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, January 16, 1995, page 77


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"Your case has been turned down by Oprah, but we're
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Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, January 16, 1995, page 77


http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1995-01-16#folio=076


Sally Jessy Raphael, 1995
Greg Louganis, Part 1
"America's Heroes Fighting for Life"


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mischa Richter: Live from New York...

A quarter-century ago, Mischa Richter showed he understood the aspirations of a budding young performer. Today, the sentiment expressed in this cartoon might be even more widespread. The original art reveals some cutting and pasting, unusual for Richter. Over time, the paper paste-up on the boy's head has toned differently, making the patchwork more obvious.

"When I grow up, I want to be  Presidential impersonator
on 'Saturday Night Live.'"
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, March 1, 1993, page 65


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"When I grow up, I want to be  Presidential impersonator
on 'Saturday Night Live.'"
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, March 1, 1993, page 65

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Quite a Kick from Mischa Richter

An early cartoon by Mischa Richter from Collier's shows a bar patron's preposterously-exaggerated reaction to the house special. Note that another man's drink has been knocked over. The three faces to the left and the toppled glass all help to direct the eye back to the improbably-airborne customer.

"Quite a kick, eh, sir?"
Mischa Richter, Collier's, February, year unknown

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