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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Chon Day



"Chauncey (Chon) Day
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Chauncey (Chon) Day is a cartoonist whose cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere. He also worked on the comic strip Brother Sebastian. He received the National Cartoonist Society Gag Cartoon Award for 1956, 1962, and 1970, and their Special Features Award for Brother Sebastian in 1969. He died in 2000, according to an announcement in the May 2000 Saturday Evening Post, where he had been their "longest running cartoonist" "

I recently came across a hardcover collection of cartoons from the Saturday Evening Post published in 1960. Most of the cartoons are pretty corny... but the ones that really stood out were the gag panel cartoons of cartoonist, Chon Day. Day's early work has always been a personal favorite of mine. His use of line and ink washes are very minimalist... less is more (I always say). And... his themes, unlike many of his Post cohorts who go for easy yuks, have a pessimistic quality that is very near to this cold, black, cynical heart of mine. ;o)

I believe I have a hardcover "Brother Sebastian" collection somewhere around the house, I'll have to dig it up and post some toons from that sometime soon.