Eustace Tilley competition

Published On January 8, 2009 | By Joe Gordon | Animation, Comics, Competitions

Kenny pointed me in the direction of the New Yorker’s Eustace Tilley competition – the famous mag (home to many a fine cartoon over the years) is inviting artists to create their own interpretation of the iconic dandy Eustace Tilley, who appeared on the New Yorker’s very first cover back in 1925 and has returned almost every year (I suspect that Eustace is one of those iconic images many people recognise but have no idea he has an actual name, they just know the image and where it comes from, a bit like the Michelin Man – call him Bibendum and many people look surprised).

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(‘The Gothamer’ by David Marc Fischer and Deborah Grumet)

Artists have until the 15th of this month to enter – there is already a gallery up with some entries, some of them quite inventive (riffing on Banksy, Watchmen, Batman, the recession and more – and yes, almost inevitably some Obama-themed entries). Some will be selected for display in a slideshow curated by Fran├žoise Mouly.

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(‘Peanut Butter and Tilley’ – a funny and rather clever interpretation of Eustace by Susanna Eve)

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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