George Booth, a cartoonist for The New Yorker who won a prize for drawing funny pictures of dogs and cats and the people who were in charge of their care, has died. He was 96. A person from The New Yorker said that Booth had died on Tuesday in New York City. Problems that came up because of dementia were to blame.
The editor of The New Yorker David Remnick, said in a statement, “George Booth was a great artist. He sold his first drawing to The New Yorker in 1969, and his work gave the magazine a kind of wild delight for decades after that.” “Through his many drawings and book covers, he made an amazing world that was all his own: crazy, weird, and way too funny.”
Booth’s pen-and-ink drawings often showed strange domestic scenes, like a dog rolling around crazily on the kitchen floor while a husband and wife at a nearby table look stressed out. “Don’t give the dog any more coffee,” says the caption.
Booth also uses a couple at the kitchen table with a cat sitting between them in a large portrait that also includes a rowboat, various buckets and tools, and a chair hanging on the wall. “From my point of view, Wendy, you only go around once,” the man tells his sad wife.
One of his most famous pictures was of a scowling, squatting bull terrier with a “BEWARE! Skittish Dog!”
Booth’s work was put together into several books, such as “Think Good Thoughts About a Pussycat” and “About Dogs.” He also finished writing stories for children, drew greeting cards, ads, and a poster for the movie “Ed and His Dead Mother.” Early in 2022, “Drawing Life,” a film about Booth, came out. The National Cartoonists Society gave him an award for his lifetime of work.
Booth was born in Cainsville, Missouri. He made his first cartoon when he was 3 years old. Later, the slapstick comedy of the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, and others influenced his work. During World War II, he was forced to join the U.S. Marine Corps.
After a while, he became a cartoonist for the Marine magazine Leatherneck. Before he started working for The New Yorker, he sold his work to Collier’s and Look and was art director for Bill Communications Inc. for eight years.
Booth died less than a week after his wife, Dione, whom he had married in 1958, also passed away. Sarah Booth, their daughter, will remember them.
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