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June 22, 2014 12:02 PM   Subscribe

Charlie Barsotti, one of the great cartoonists, passed away. Charlie drew close to fourteen hundred cartoons for The New Yorker over the years, beginning in the nineteen-sixties and continuing right through last week’s issue.
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posted by Going To Maine at 12:07 PM on June 22


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posted by localroger at 12:11 PM on June 22


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posted by oneironaut at 12:11 PM on June 22


His style was so distinctive, and he really had a gift for capturing exactly what needed to be on the page without anything extraneous.

I heard on NPR that as his brain cancer progressed, he was asking doctors to give him the right drugs he needed in order to keep being able to draw. He wasn't fighting the cancer, he was simply fighting to continue producing his wonderful art.

I always loved his cartoons in The New Yorker.

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posted by hippybear at 12:13 PM on June 22 [9 favorites]


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posted by Smart Dalek at 12:14 PM on June 22


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posted by tychotesla at 12:19 PM on June 22


Christ, what a good cartoonist.
posted by Guy Smiley at 12:32 PM on June 22 [13 favorites]


"Fusili, you crazy bastard!" remains my all-time favorite New Yorker comic. It's also one of the few that the "Christ, what an asshole!" rule doesn't fit.
posted by briank at 12:33 PM on June 22 [6 favorites]


Man, that Fusili cartoon is just perfect. Like they could make a museum of all perfect art and there would be like two Rothkos, Guernica, and that cartoon, with "Subbacultcha" by The Pixiss playing in the background on repeat.
posted by 256 at 12:59 PM on June 22


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posted by Archer25 at 1:14 PM on June 22


Yeah, that fusilli one never fails to make me laugh, but I still can't explain why.

I'll miss his cartoons. They're part of what makes The New Yorker The New Yorker for me.

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posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 1:28 PM on June 22


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posted by cenoxo at 1:41 PM on June 22


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posted by Chrysostom at 1:57 PM on June 22


"Fetch is not selling out."
posted by chavenet at 1:58 PM on June 22 [2 favorites]


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posted by languagehat at 2:02 PM on June 22


They're part of what makes The New Yorker The New Yorker for me.

Actually, I consider Barsotti's work the Un-New Yorker New York cartoons. Simple, bold, cute, genuinely cartoony, and I don't recall him ever setting one at a cocktail party.

And he used that style for some seriously subversive messages.

But then, according to this obituary in his hometown newspaper, in 1972, he put himself up for Congress as a 'protest candidate' against the Vietnam War, and despite not actively campaigning, got 30 percent of the vote.

And he also got published in the British magazine Punch, enough that his cartoons were among those approved by the Queen of England to appear on British Post stamps. (Which considering how often he mocked royalty, was quite an achievement)
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:12 PM on June 22 [7 favorites]


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posted by Michele in California at 2:16 PM on June 22


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posted by postcommunism at 3:05 PM on June 22


Fusilli, you crazy bastard, I'll miss you.
posted by escabeche at 3:11 PM on June 22 [1 favorite]


Spring? What do I care? I'm fixed. Thanks for all the laughs, safe passage.
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posted by Fibognocchi at 3:40 PM on June 22


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posted by Thorzdad at 3:41 PM on June 22


His cartoons were always some of the best in the New Yorker.
posted by Dip Flash at 4:08 PM on June 22


I loved "They rubbed my tummy ...", (#1 at the bottom of the "last week's issue" link in the fpp) and also the one with the guy returning after being told the TRUTH (#8).
posted by marsha56 at 4:29 PM on June 22


Now who will capture the subtleties of Searching for Truth?

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posted by BlueHorse at 4:33 PM on June 22


Oh my gosh! He's the guy who did all of those cute doggy-themed cartoons! I used to look for them when I had a subscription.

"Fetch is not selling out" is a classic, but this one has a special place in my heart, because it sums up my dogs--as many other things in my life--perfectly. (Well, this one also sums up my dogs. And this one....)

Rest in peace, Mr. Barsotti. Thanks for the giggles, and I hope you're greeted at the pearly gates by any dogs that you lost.
posted by magstheaxe at 4:39 PM on June 22 [9 favorites]


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posted by Doktor Zed at 4:46 PM on June 22


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posted by chance at 5:55 PM on June 22


The descendants of wolves one might be my favorite New Yorker cartoon of all time.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:17 PM on June 22


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"Where'd you get that?"
posted by Superfrankenstein at 6:43 PM on June 22 [1 favorite]


What a fabulous cartoonist, he will be missed.
posted by oceanjesse at 7:20 PM on June 22


I mourn this loss the same way I mourned the loss of my favorite MAD magazine artists.

If Saint Peter exists, he's loaning his pen and tome...
posted by Pudhoho at 7:27 PM on June 22


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posted by dbiedny at 7:42 PM on June 22


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posted by newdaddy at 8:19 PM on June 22


I was pleased as punch to find out he did so much work for, er, Punch.

I have "Fusilli, you crazy bastard..." on my fridge.

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posted by droplet at 9:03 PM on June 22


"Rex here has been going on and on about you for the past 50 years."

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posted by Metroid Baby at 9:08 PM on June 22 [3 favorites]


Magritte takes one high and inside.
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 9:36 PM on June 22 [1 favorite]


Damn. His cartoons were one of my favorite parts of the New Yorker.
posted by rednikki at 10:07 PM on June 22


The Rex, Little Bobbie one never fails to elicit a hopeful tear in my eye.
posted by drewbage1847 at 10:17 PM on June 22 [5 favorites]


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posted by bryon at 11:02 PM on June 22


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posted by wrapper at 12:39 AM on June 23


So evocative, yet so simple.

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posted by Sphinx at 12:54 AM on June 23


hippybear referred to this sweet remembrance at NPR, which is how I learned of the cartoonist's death.

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posted by Gelatin at 3:09 AM on June 23


My favorite.

Everyone talks about the cute dogs, but he also did pitch-perfect toothy corporate beings.
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