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The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in the New Yorkerby Matthew (edt) Diffee
Synopses & Reviews
Each week about fifty andlt;iandgt;New Yorkerandlt;/iandgt; cartoonists submit ten ideas, yielding five hundred cartoons for no more than twenty spots in the magazine. Arguably the most brilliant single-panel-gag cartoonists in the world create a bunch of cartoons every week that never see the light of day. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; These rejects were piling up in the dusty corners of studios all over the country. Sam Gross, who has been contributing since 1962, has more than 12,000 rejected cartoons. (Seriously. He's been numbering every single cartoon he's ever submitted to andlt;iandgt;The New Yorkerandlt;/iandgt; since the very beginning.) Enter editor Matthew Diffee. He tapped his fellow cartoonists, asking them to rescue these hilarious lost gems. From the artists' stacks of all-time favorite rejects, Diffee handpicked the standouts — the cream of the crap — and created andlt;iandgt;The Rejection Collectionandlt;/iandgt;, a place where good ideas go when they die. Too risquand#233;, silly, or weird for andlt;iandgt;The New Yorkerandlt;/iandgt;, the cartoons in this book offer something no other collection has: They have never been seen in print until now. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; With a foreword by andlt;iandgt;New Yorkerandlt;/iandgt; cartoon editor Robert Mankoff that explains the sound judgment, respectability, and scruples not found anywhere in these pages, and handwritten questionnaires that introduce the quirky character of each artist, andlt;iandgt;The Rejection Collectionandlt;/iandgt; will appeal to fans of andlt;iandgt;The New Yorkerandlt;/iandgt;...and to anyone with a slightly sick sense of humor.
Thirty of the "New Yorker's" cartoonists share their best cartoons that have never been published because they were rejected as too sexy, too odd, or too many.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Matthew Diffeeandlt;/bandgt; has been contributing cartoons to andlt;Iandgt;The New Yorkerandlt;/iandgt; since 1999. He was recently singled out by the New York Times as one of the more prolific of the new generation of cartoonists. To date, he has had more than a hundred cartoons published in the magazine. Originally from Texas, Diffee now lives in New York City. This is his first book.
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