Bob Mankoff, the longtime New Yorker cartoonist who announced his retirement from the brand earlier this year, has moved to Hearst’s Esquire. He joins the magazine as cartoon and humor editor — a new role at title.
According to Hearst, Mankoff will be responsible for “reviving the decades-long tradition of cartoons in Esquire, which numbers more than 13,000 cartoons and dates back to the 1930s when they were published regularly until the early 1970s.”
Mankoff will edit humor stories, pitch ideas, draft cartoons and recruit a new generation of humorists to Esquire. He'll also be responsible for making the brand’s original cartoons available for prints and licensing.
“What [Mankoff] is going to do is invent an entirely new look and sensibility in cartooning by upping the aesthetics and embracing a wide set of fresh voices,” said Esquire editor-in-chief Jay Fielden. “‘La La Land’ proved an old form could become a new sensation. That’s the ambition.”
Additionally, Paul Muldoon will be stepping down from his role as poetry editor at The New Yorker, effective November 1. He has served as the brand’s poetry editor for the last ten years.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
Mark Robinson, who left Wired in 2015 for Epic, has announced that he’ll be returning to the Condé Nast title as features editor. He starts May 8 alongside senior writer Nitasha Tiku. She joins Wired from BuzzFeed, where she was a senior writer covering Silicon Valley, technology and culture. Both will work mainly on the digital side.
Lindsey Murray has joined GoodHousekeeping.com as the trends and reviews editor. She has previously worked with Real Simple and Health as an assistant editor.
Peter Sucheski has joined Popular Science as creative director. He returns to the Bonnier Lifestyle Group, having previously served as deputy art director for Field & Stream and Outdoor Life magazines. He was most recently at Men’s Health as senior art director.
Valerie Goldstein was recently named the new weight loss columnist for Men’s Health. She joins the magazine with a range of experience as a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and experiences with Dr. Atkins. Goldstein also has previous writing experience with Rodale and Low Carb Living.
The New Republic has announced four editorial and writer hires, including Mindy Kay Bricker, who’s been named digital director. She joins from Foreign Policy, where she has been executive editor, print. Also joining is Clio Chang, who has been named a staff writer. She was formerly a reporter-researcher for the New Republic and a policy associate at The Century Foundation.
Time Inc.’s MNI Targeted Media Inc. has announced the expansion of its digital media agency, Harpoon Digital. To serve its growing client list, the agency is expanding its team with four newly created positions:
Alex Tanev, formerly associate media director at 360i, will support the Northeast region and will help with the development of strategic accounts.
Brendan Kennedy will move from Virginia to the larger Southeast region.
Steve Weiss helped develop the Harpoon Digital business and will expand his support and service to the Northwest region.
Caitlin Saxton will relocate from where she worked in Chicago to bring her expertise to the Southwest.
Elsewhere in the mediascape…
The Village Voice has tapped former New York Times advertising and sales executive Kerrie Gillis as CRO. She’ll oversee business-side operations for the New York publication.
Mike Shields — most recently a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal — has been named Business Insider’s new advertising editor.