Author, illustrator and cartoonist Bruce McCall has lived in New York for the past 40 years but he grew up in the quiet, peaceful idyllic town of Simcoe, Ontario. Never a strong performer in school, Mr. McCall displayed, from a very young age, a talent for drawing and writing.
It was his writing that gave him his first big break, working as an copywriter in the advertising department of General Motors at their headquarters in Detroit. During the early 1970’s, Mr. McCall hooked up with the brash, irreverent, satirical humour magazine National Lampoon and for Mr. McCall it was his “single greatest psychic updraft of his life.” With renewed confidence, Mr. McCall decided to submit some of his work to The New Yorker, and to his great surprise they loved it.
After fifteen years as a writer, Mr. McCall was asked by then editor Tina Brown if he wanted to paint a cover of the iconic magazine. He has since painted over fifty covers including the one for July 22, 2013. The high school drop-out from Simcoe continues to paint and write for The New Yorker magazine.
Ken Rockburn spoke to Bruce McCall in New York City.
A veteran journalist and broadcaster widely recognized for his irreverent and entertaining interview and presentation style, Ken is an award-winning journalist with almost 40 years of experience on radio and television. He first joined CPAC in 2001 as host of Talk Politics which ran for eight seasons. He returned to CPAC in 2010 to host Rockburn Presents. Prior to joining CPAC, Ken hosted CBC Radio’s All In a Day, CBC TV Ottawa’s Rockburn and Company and was news director at CHEZ-FM in Ottawa.