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November 3, 2022 8:58 AM   Subscribe

 
I loved his work! What a loss to us all!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 9:14 AM on November 3, 2022 [4 favorites]


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posted by JoeXIII007 at 9:40 AM on November 3, 2022


Oh man. I love his cartoons.
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posted by Spike Glee at 10:03 AM on November 3, 2022


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posted by niicholas at 10:16 AM on November 3, 2022


I just saw his obituary in the New York Times. What a story. He liked cats but dogs not so much. Considering his age and condition, it's not so surprising but still, he was a part of my life for 50 odd years. This is so sad.
posted by y2karl at 10:18 AM on November 3, 2022 [3 favorites]


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posted by Lawn Beaver at 10:25 AM on November 3, 2022


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posted by Splunge at 10:26 AM on November 3, 2022


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one of the best of a good bunch, I can't think of better work
posted by elkevelvet at 10:33 AM on November 3, 2022 [3 favorites]


As a co-owner staff member of three of them, I shall greatly miss more of Booth’s cats.
posted by cenoxo at 10:59 AM on November 3, 2022 [3 favorites]


Christ, what a genius.
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:00 AM on November 3, 2022 [16 favorites]


Oh no! He was a family favorite. I grew up with bull terriers, which he depicted frequently with great accuracy as to their unique dispositions and silly ways.

I think my favorite Booth cartoon was one in which a cowpoke-type is scowling down at a horse who is lying in bed, exclaiming "You twitched and whinnied all night!"
posted by slkinsey at 11:03 AM on November 3, 2022 [4 favorites]


I've always liked this wordless one.
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:13 AM on November 3, 2022 [6 favorites]


Huppy dod!
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posted by The Bellman at 11:21 AM on November 3, 2022


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posted by BlahLaLa at 11:46 AM on November 3, 2022


The Hamilton (ON) public library had an enormous collection of editorial cartoon volumes when I was a kid in the 70s and early 80s, and there were several volumes of George Booth's work that I checked out over and over again, even though at least initially I probably understood about a quarter of the jokes. When I was haunting used bookstores more regularly [I am trying not to accumulate more physical stuff in my life anymore] one guaranteed buy was if I found a Booth compendium I did not already own.

I think this one was always my favourite.

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posted by hearthpig at 11:50 AM on November 3, 2022 [5 favorites]


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posted by Winnie the Proust at 12:02 PM on November 3, 2022


The obit mentions his army career, but the story is better told in the preface to hist collection Rehearsal's Off:

"A colonel had written a book and George was picked to set the type. While taking a coffee break, he was drawing a picture of the Colonel to entertain his office mates. Unknown to the group the Colonel had joined the circle to see what was going on. After the picture was completed, the Colonel ordered George to report to his office. With some apprehension George did so. Said the Colonel, "There's an army plane leaving for Stateside within the hour. Get your gear together and be on it. I'm assigning you to the Leatherneck staff in Washington D.C." And so a cartooning career was launched."
posted by zompist at 2:22 PM on November 3, 2022 [8 favorites]


Charming interview at age 91

And a little more.
posted by BWA at 2:24 PM on November 3, 2022 [5 favorites]


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posted by Quasirandom at 2:47 PM on November 3, 2022


Along with Gahan Wilson, he made my early years lovely weird.
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posted by winesong at 2:52 PM on November 3, 2022 [6 favorites]


Ah, such a loss. A great, and funny, mind.

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(As an aside, does anyone else have issues with archive.io not retaining images for articles? The NYT ungated link just has the text and a lot of blank boxes where images should be.)
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posted by NoThisIsPatrick at 3:36 PM on November 3, 2022


God he was wonderful, especially his dogs and curmudgeonly old men fulminating at the world.

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posted by Phlegmco(tm) at 4:25 PM on November 3, 2022 [4 favorites]


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posted by JustSayNoDawg at 4:30 PM on November 3, 2022


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As an aside, does anyone else have issues with archive.io not retaining images for articles?

Worked fine on my iPad.

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posted by filtergik at 12:55 PM on November 4, 2022


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In the late 70s I had a subscription to the New Yorker. I used to cut out and save cartoons and little bits that I liked.

Many, many of the cartoons I saved were by George Booth. His art and humor worked very well for me. I'm so sorry he's gone.
posted by Archer25 at 8:40 AM on November 5, 2022


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