The Mural of the Story

New York’s Overlook Lounge (formerly Costello’s) drew some of the cartoon world’s finest talents yesterday who, in turn, drew on the walls.

Cartoonist Mike Lynch organized a gaggle of great artists including New York Daily News legend Bill Gallo, Playboy’s Don Orehek, The New Yorker‘s Mort Gerberg, John Caldwell and Sam Gross, Beetle Bailey’s Mort Walker, Howard Huge/Lockhorn‘s John Reiner and a slew of others who, in exchange for some food and beer, drew a gigantic cartoon mural.

The new art will be great company for the Overlook’s landmark 1976 cartoon mural by luminaries including Stan Lee, Gil Kane, Milton Caniff and Sergio Aragonnes.

Check out the video (Quicktime only, sorry…) from NY1, this article from the New York Daily News, and this one from the New York Post.

Mike has also been kind enough to pass along some great photos from the event:

Overlook server Caroline poses with the blank canvas

Don Orehek gets the ball rolling

The New Yorker‘s Mort Gerberg, John Caldwell and Sam Gross

Bill Kresse gets some “Super Duper” media coverage

Reiner’s drawing a huge Huge

Sam Norkin, Mort Walker and Overlook Lounge’s co-owner Jeff Perzan

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New Yorker Cartoonists’ Slippery Slope

OK, I’m all for thinking outside the box in growing a brand, but the upcoming “Humor on the Slopes Cartooning Festival” in Beaver Creek, Colorado might be a tad too odd.

The event, slated for Jan. 6-8, will feature six cartoonists from The New Yorker magazine on a visit to Beaver Creek. The cartoonists are some of the magazine’s best-known, including Harry Bliss, Matt Diffee, Ed Koren, Bob Mankoff, Victoria Roberts and Jack Zeigler.

Beaver Creek Resort’s COO, John Garnsey said…

…there’s a lot in common between the types of people who read The New Yorker and the guests the resort is seeking.

”The demographic is a great fit,” he said. “New York is a key market for us, but the magazine is also read internationally and world-wide.”

Then again, they’re all being paid to play in the snow while I’m getting ready to shovel it.


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