Cruise News – Jan. 31, 2018
Cunard Line and The New Yorker magazine have partnered to offer the opportunity to explore the world of cartoons while sailing aboard the line’s flagship ocean liner, Queen Mary 2.
During select 2018 Transatlantic Crossings from June to November, the magazine’s renowned cartoonists will host exclusive drawing sessions, workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and caption contests for passengers. Since its founding in 1925, The New Yorker has been known for its single-panel cartoons that feature a signature mix of news, culture, and the arts.
“Our goal at Cunard is to offer extraordinary experiences to our guests, and we look forward to welcoming The New Yorker team onto these four Queen Mary 2 voyages,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America.
Cartoonists who will be joining these voyages include:
- Emily Flake will be part of the July 20, 2018, voyage. Flake has been cartooning for The New Yorker since 2008 and is also the author of Mama Tried: Dispatches from the Seamy Underbelly of Modern Parenting.
- Matt Diffee is set to join the June 10 and November 11, 2018, Crossings. Author of Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People and the editor of three volumes of The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw and Never Will See in The New Yorker, Diffee has been contributing cartoons to The New Yorker since 1999. His work has also appeared in Time, The Huffington Post, The Believer, and Texas Monthly. Diffee received the Silver Reuben Award for best single-panel cartoonist of the year and he was recently named Chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society.
- David Sipress will join the Transatlantic Voyage departing August 26, 2018. Sipress’ work has appeared in the Boston Phoenix, Time, Parade, Playboy, Funny Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s, Gastronomica, and Shambhala Sun. Sipress also lectures on the art of the cartoon and has published eight collections of his work. In 2016, Sipress was awarded the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award for Gag Cartooning.
- Ben Schwartz will be joining the October 7, 2018, Crossing. Schwartz has been a contributing cartoonist for The New Yorker since 2012. A man of many trades, Schwartz also works as an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, where he uses art to help educate future physicians on how to provide compassionate and patient-centric care.
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