P.C. Vey

A cartoonist new to this blog, encountered in the New Yorker issue for the 25th, as the artist for the week’s cartoon caption contest:


It caught my eye as a remarkable instance of Phallicity: The Wurst and also as a nice example of a visual convention of cartoons: the lines indicating movement, in this case the growth of the hotdog. The holder of the giant hotdog has presumably come to consult with someone who might help him. It’s not obvious who the man at the desk is, or where this office is.

Soon three contenders for captions will be published in the magazine, and then readers can vote for their favorite.

Wikipedia on Vey:

Peter C. Vey is an American cartoonist. Vey’s cartoons have appeared in many publications such as The New Yorker, National Lampoon and MAD Magazine, his two major contributions to Mad include Duke Bissell’s Tales of Undisputed Interest and one panel gag cartoons under the title Vey To Go . Vey has collaborated with American filmmaker Bill Plympton as a writer and artist of several of his animated features

Vey’s own website is here.

Two more cartoons from the artist. First, an instance of the caveman cartoon meme, on the themes of art, story-telling, and the language of mathematics:


And one exploiting the ambiguity potential in the commercial term home-style cooking:


One Response to “P.C. Vey”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    From Mike Pope on Facebook, about the lines indicating movement:

    “agitrons”? Perhaps growth is not entirely visually synonymous with simple movement.


    Walker’s agitrons indicate shaking, which is in the right ballpark here. Note that they’re at both ends of the hotdog.

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