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An afternoon with New Yorker cartoonists at Konover Auditorium, April 20

by Suzanne Zack - April 7, 2008

Husband and wife Michael Maslin (SFA ’76) and Liza Donnelly will discuss their careers as cartoonists at The New Yorker magazine and their life raising children and pets, and publishing books, in a program, “Our Lives and Hard Times.”

Their informal conversation, which will also cover the history of cartooning, will be moderated by UConn English professor and author Regina Barreca.

The event, sponsored by University Libraries, will take place on Sunday, April 20 at 2 p.m., in Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. It is free and open to the public.

Michael Maslin has been drawing cartoons for The New Yorker since 1977.

He is the author of four collections of cartoons, including Mixed Company, and, with Donnelly, is co-author of Husbands & Wives and Call Me When you Reach Nirvana.

Liza Donnelly has been a cartoonist with The New Yorker since 1979. She has written and illustrated seven children’s books.

Her book, Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons (2005), and the recently released Sex and Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Love in 200 Cartoons, will be on sale at the event, as will Barreca’s recent books.

A drawing by alumnus Michael Maslin, New Yorker cartoonist.
A drawing by alumnus Michael Maslin, New Yorker cartoonist.

Maslin and Donnelly met and married while working at The New Yorker in the 1980s. They work independently, each with a unique style, offering entertaining and sharp observations on social relationships.

In connection with the event, wood sculptor John Magnan, a noted conceptual sculptural artist whose work has been exhibited at the UConn Libraries, has created a wood issue of The New Yorker that incorporates a cartoon image created by Michael Maslin.

It will be offered in a silent auction that will end shortly after the public program on April 20.

Further information on the auction may be obtained from Linda Perrone at 860-486-0451 or Linda.Perrone@uconn.edu. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Libraries’ exhibit program.

More information about the event is available on the Library website.

More information about John Magnan, go to his website.

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