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$800 Deluxe Edition: The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive

The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive : This monumental, two-volume, slip-cased collection includes nearly 10 decades worth of New Yorker cartoons selected and organized by subject with insightful commentary by Bob Mankoff and a foreword by David Remnick. “…the most ingenious collection of New Yorker cartoons published in book form, The […]

Posted on: Jun 10, 2018,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on $800 Deluxe Edition: The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive

The Incredible Shrinking Gag Cartoon Market

From cartoonist Mike Lynch: The new issue of Reader’s Digest is on the stands. And there are three cartoons in it. Not bad. One was originally published by The New Yorker magazine some years back. The cartoon was then bought by RD this year from the New Yorker’s Cartoonbank. There is a cartoon from Cartoonstock, […]

Posted on: May 3, 2018,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on The Incredible Shrinking Gag Cartoon Market

Rejection is a cartoonist’s constant companion.

Once upon a time, in the 20th century, cartoonists submitted gag cartoons to the top magazines – The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy. Gags rejected by those editors were recycled to the next tier – SatEvePost, Collier’s, True. And so on down the line to trade journals and then to those joke and cartoon magazines. By […]

Posted on: May 1, 2018,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

My thoughts on the documentary Very Semi-Serious

I know I’ve mentioned the documentary “Very Semi-Serious” here before. It will air next Monday on HBO. I was kindly offered a sneak peak last night (which was also the night of the screening in New York City with the New Yorker cast of cartoonists – wouldn’t that have been fun to attend). A few […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

HBO acquires rights to run “Very Semi-Serious” documentary

From Real Screen HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Leah Wolchok?s Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists (pictured). Directed and produced by Wolchok, the film takes a look behind the scenes of the iconic American magazine and follows cartoon editor Bob Mankoff as he reviews piles of weekly […]

Posted on: Aug 5, 2015,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on HBO acquires rights to run “Very Semi-Serious” documentary

Mark Anderson’s Reuben Awards presentation

I’ve seen Mark present a couple of times now. He’s both funny and informative.

Posted on: Jun 8, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments

The New Yorker cartoons found in Mad Men

Michael Maslin looks at the New Yorker cartoons used in the background of Peggy Olson’s office in the TV Show Mad Men One of those is copy chief Peggy Olson, played by Elisabeth Moss. In the fifth season episode ?Dark Shadows?, which takes place in 1966, Peggy opens a pitch meeting for a soft drink […]

Posted on: May 20, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Interviewed: Matthew Diffee on his latest book of rejected New Yorker cartoons

NPR interviewed New Yorker cartoonist Matthew Diffee regarding his latest book Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People. The book comes out later this month. From NPR: On The New Yorker’s rejection rate It’s classically bad. … We’re supposed to turn in 10 gag ideas, you know, at a sketch level. And on a really […]

Posted on: May 11, 2015,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments

Read excerpts from Charb book, finished two days before Charlie Hebdo attack

The Independent has published a long excerpt from a book (“Letter to the Islamophobia Frauds Who Play into the Hands of Racists”) penned by Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane Charbonnier, better known as Charb. The book was finished just two days before the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. A snippet: People who accuse Charlie Hebdo cartoonists of […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2015,  Section: International, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: 1 Comment

Roz Chast awarded Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities (and $250k cash prize!)

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast has had quiet a run lately since the release of her book “Can?t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?”. The book has won the Kirkus Prize, the National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award. It also was cited as a reason for being honored with the Heinz […]

Posted on: Apr 23, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Weird Al issue of MAD on shelves

There’s a lot of positive press surrounding the release of this last issue of MAD Magazine with Weird Al as the guest editor. National Cartoonist Society President Tom Richmond as the run-down on who contributed to the issue. IGN has a nice interview with Al and MAD Editor-in-Chief John Ficarra. IGN: [Laughs] Al, you said […]

Posted on: Apr 21, 2015,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Weird Al issue of MAD on shelves

Check out A Case for Pencils – New Yorker cartoonists show what tools they use

I found the “A Case for Pencils” blog this morning via Michael Maslin’s Inkspill. It’s a blog where New Yorker cartoonists show the tools and process they use for their cartoons. Some are more in-depth than others. The latest one from Shannon Wheeler is excellent. Photo below is one from Shannon’s process.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2015,  Section: Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 4 Comments

Interviewed: Weird Al and MAD Magazine’s John Ficarra talk about the Weird Al edition

The Huffington Post’s Bryan Young talks to Weird Al and MAD Magazine’s John Ficarra about Weird Al’s Guest Editor edition. BY: Al, how did this work on your part? I’m sure your schedule is already pretty busy, I mean you just got done shooting all kinds of music videos for everything and about to go […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2015,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on Interviewed: Weird Al and MAD Magazine’s John Ficarra talk about the Weird Al edition

National Cartoonist Society announces Division Award nominees

The National Cartoonist Society has announced the 2014 Division Awards aka Silver Reubens (or tongue in cheek the “Steckleys”). The winners will be announced during the annual NCS Reuben Awards dinner on May 23rd. This year’s Reuben Awards will be held in Washington D.C. Congratulations to the nominees. EDITORIAL CARTOONS Clay Bennett Michael Ramirez Jen […]

Posted on: Apr 1, 2015,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Television, web comics, Comments: 1 Comment

Video: Inside The Studio Of Legendary “New Yorker” Cartoonist Roz Chast

Worth five minutes of your time.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2015,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment