Synopses & Reviews
Cartoons have been an essential feature of The New Yorker
since the magazine's founding, in 1925, lovingly devoured by readers, clipped, collected, shared, and remembered. Viewed together as they can be here, for the first time ever they form a comic chronicle of our life and times, eight decades of vibrant, concise, and up-to-the-moment commentary on subjects ranging from the mundane to the magnificent. And let's face it they're hilarious.
This collection, organized by decade and introduced by some of the magazine's most distinguished writers, showcases the work of the hundreds of talented artists who have contributed to the magazine during its eighty-year history. From the early cartoon of Peter Amo, George Price, and Charles Addams to the cutting edge work of Alex Gregory, Matthew Diffee, and Bruce Eric Kaplan (with stops along the way for the genius of Charles Barsotti, Roz Chast, Jack Ziegler, George Booth, and many, many others), the art collected here forms, as David Remnick puts it in his Foreword, "the longest-running popular comic genre in American life."
In the process of selecting cartoons for this book, Robert Mankoff discovered that various themes emerged in each decade. It may seem surprising that nudity was a popular subject in the nineteen-forties, but less surprising, perhaps, that the exploration of outer space stimulated the funny bones of cartoonists in the sixties, or that there was a strong focus on technology in the nineties. Throughout the book, brief overviews of each era's predominant themes highlight genres of cartoons and shed light on our pastimes and preoccupations.
There are also brief profiles and mini-portfolios of key cartoonists, one featured for each era. The first decade, 1925-35, includes a biographical sketch of Peter Arno; 1955-64 showcases William Steig; 1985-94 spotlights the work of Roz Chast.
The CDs included with the book are what really make the "Complete Cartoons" complete. In PDF form, the cartoons are easily browsable. The CDs contain a mind-boggling 68,647 cartoons, and are indexed in a variety of ways. Perhaps you want to find all the cartoons by your favorite artist. Or maybe you'd like to look up the cartoons that ran the week you were born. You can even select all the cartoons on a particular subject (anything from "art" to "zoology"). And you can always begin at the beginning, February 21, 1925, and experience the unprecedented pleasure of reading through every single cartoon ever published in The New Yorker.
Enjoy The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker a one-of-a-kind portrait of American life over the past eighty years, as captured by the talented pens and singular outlooks of the masters of the cartoonist's art.
"What could be better than a gigantic 656-page collection of 2,004 (get it?) of the best cartoons published in the New Yorker over the last 80 years? Perhaps a double CD set with all 68,647 cartoons ever published in the magazine complete with a nifty search function that allows readers to search for cartoons by year of publication or by cartoonist's name. This improbably large offering is a bonanza of wry Manhattan-centric comic commentary on urban life and much else in American culture over the years. There's Peter Arno's 1948 ink-and-wash cartoon of a mildly concerned matron, book in hand, asking her newspaper-reading husband, 'Is there a Mrs. Kinsey?' Or Peter Steiner's now famous cartoon drawing of two dogs chatting in front of a computer. 'On the Internet,' says one canine to the other, 'nobody knows you're a dog.' The book offers an introduction by New Yorker editor David Remnick and short essays introducing each decade which readers may want to read after perusing the cartoons first by such New Yorker luminaries as Roger Angell, Lillian Ross and John Updike. This is an absolutely fabulous collection of sophisticated silliness that will soon take its rightful place on coffee tables all over the country." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Perfectly reflects America's changing punch line...an archive of American humor."–Joel Stein, Time Joel Stein
"The best holiday perennial yet from the editors of the best magazine in the United States."–The Chicago Sun-Times Time magazine
"A transfixing study of American mores and manners that happens to incorporate boundless laughs, too....Indispensable."–Janet Maslin, The New York Times Chicago Sun-Times
"Not only a stand-up routine for smart people who own a coffee table but a history of American culture."–Joel Stein, Time Janet Maslin - The New York Times
"Cultural history at its wittiest."–USA Today Joel Stein - Time magazine
"Pound for pound, this may be the season’s funniest book." –The Washington Post USA Today
"A magnificent tome. It does not—it cannot—ever get better than this."–Fort Worth Star-Telegram The Washington Post
"A massive and winsome gift book....A browser's delight."–The National Review Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"If aliens touch down on the planet tomorrow, give them this book as a cultural crash course....A classic."–Kansas City Star The National Review
"Priceless."–San Diego Union-Tribune The Kansas City Star
"It's not too much of a stretch to say that this book can improve lives."-The Onion
More than a book, this is a bona fide publishing event. The largest-ever collection of New Yorker
cartoons features the best of every decade in book form, plus two easy-to-browse CDs--Windows and Macintosh compatible--with every cartoon ever published in the magazine--more than 68,000 of them!
Since its founding in the 1920s, The New Yorker has had a profound cultural impact on the country and the world, and has almost singlehandedly elevated the cartoon to an art form. For the first time ever, EVERY cartoon ever published in The New Yorker is collected in one place.
Accompanying the cartoons in the book, several thousand of them organized chronologically, are essays by eminent New Yorker writers reflecting on the life and times (and sense of humor) of each successive decade. Additionally, each decade includes profiles and mini-portfolios of the cartoonists who made their marks on the era, from Peter Arno and Charles Addams to Bruce Eric Kaplan and Roz Chast. "Theme" features cover such subjects as Drinking, The Depression, and Politics.
The two accompanying CDs feature every cartoon ever published in the magazine in a format that is accessible on any home computer and is browsable by date, cartoonist, subject, and more. This groundbreaking book, several years in the making, has been lovingly compiled by current New Yorker cartoon editor (and respected cartoonist and author) Robert Mankoff, and the foreword is by David Remnick, the magazine's esteemed editor.
At lastand#8212;a spotlight on the flesh-and-blood cartoonists whose sensibilities have helped define The New Yorker.
Available for the first time to The New Yorker
and#8217;s one million-plus readers: a volume dedicated to the individual careers of the magazineand#8217;s cartoon superstars.
Widely considered to be the pantheon of single-panel cartooning, The New Yorker cartoonistsand#8217; styles are richly varied, and their personal stories are surprising. For example, did you know that Arnie Levin is a seventy-three-year-old former Beatnik painter with a handlebar mustache and a back decorated by Japanand#8217;s foremost tattoo artists?
Gehrand#8217;s book features fascinating biographical profiles of such artists as Gahan Wilson, Sam Gross, Roz Chast, Lee Lorenz, and Edward Koren. Along with a dozen such profiles, Gehr provides a brief history of The New Yorker cartoon itself, touching on the lives and work of earlier illustrating wits, including Charles Addams, James Thurber, and William Steig.
With 400,000 copies in print, The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker
has truly been a publishing phenomenon—and the paperback edition is fuller and better than ever. This massive collection of New Yorker
cartoons has been updated to include the best of each of the magazine’s eighty-two years, reproduced in a glorious book—along with a DVD-ROM including every single cartoon ever published. Using the latest technology, the DVD is easily searchable by date, cartoonist, and keyword, making it more invaluable than ever for browsing or research.
Essays by eminent New Yorker writers reflect on the life and humor of each decade, and special features and profiles of the magazine’s prominent cartoonists, from Peter Arno and Charles Addams to Jack Ziegler and Roz Chast, appear throughout. It’s a humor bonanza— and an unbeatable value.
The book that Janet Maslin of The New York Times
has called "indispensable" and "a transfixing study of American mores and manners that happens to incorporate boundless laughs, too" is finally available in paperback—fully updated and featuring a brand new introduction by Adam Gopnik.
Organized by decade, with commentary by some of the magazine's finest writers, this landmark collection showcases the work of the hundreds of talented artists who have contributed cartoons over the course ofThe New Yorker's eight-two-year history. From the early cartoons of Peter Arno, George Price and Charles Addams to the cutting-edge work of Alex Gregory, Matthew Diffee and Bruce Eric Kaplan (with stops along the way for the genius of Charles Barsotti, Roz Chast, Jack Ziegler, George Booth, and many others), the art collected here forms, as David Remnick puts it in his Foreword, "the longest-running popular comic genre in American life."
Throughout the book, brief overviews of each era's predominant themes—from the Depression and nudity to technology and the Internet, highlight various genres of cartoons and shed light on our pastimes and preoccupations. Brief profiles and mini-portfolios spotlight the work of key cartoonists, including Arno, Chast, Ziegler, and others.
The DVD-ROM included with the book is what really makes the "Complete Cartoons" complete. Compatible with most home computers and easily browsable, the disk contains a mind-boggling 70,363 cartoons, indexed in a variety of ways. Perhaps you'd like to find all the cartoons by your favorite artist. Or maybe you'd like to look up the cartoons that ran the week you were born, or all of the cartoons on a particular subject. Of course, you can always begin at the beginning, February 21, 1925, and experience the unprecedented pleasure of reading through every single cartoon ever published in The New Yorker.
Enjoy this one-of-a-kind protrait of American life over the past eight decades, as captured by the talented pens and singular outlooks of the masters of the cartoonist's art.
About the Author
ADAM GOPNIK has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. His work for the magazine has won the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. From 1995-2000, Gopnik lived in Paris, where the newspaper Le Monde praised his "witty and Voltairean picture of French life." He now lives in New York with his wife, Martha Parker, and their two children, Luke and Olivia.Robert Mankoff is the cartoon editor of The New Yorker and the founder and president of the Cartoon Bank. He is an accomplished cartoonist, the author of The Naked Cartoonist, and the editor of The New Yorker Book of Cartoon Puzzles and Games (both from Black Dog & Leventhal), as well as many cartoon collections. He lives in Hastings, New York.
Table of Contents
Foreword: View of The New Yorker from Portland, Oregon by Matt Groeningand#8195;ix
Introduction: How to Read a New Yorker Cartoonand#8195;xii
1.and#160;The Editor with a Horn: Lee Lorenzand#8195;1
2.and#160;Sex, Death, and Frogsand#8217; Legs: Sam Grossand#8195;21
3.and#160;The Exurban Everymom: Roz Chastand#8195;40
4.and#160;King of the Scrapyard: George Boothand#8195;59
5.and#160;The Beastly Beatitudes of Edward Korenand#8195;75
6.and#160;The Kansas City Curmudgeon: Charles Barsottiand#8195;94
7.and#160;Hep-Cat Cartoonist Arnie Levinand#8195;111
8.and#160;The Coupled Cosmos of Victoria Robertsand#8195;129
9.and#160;Auteur dand#8217;Horreur: Gahan Wilsonand#8195;145
10.and#160;The Belated Middle American: Jack Zieglerand#8195;162
11.and#160;Neckless: The Short, Sharp World of Zachary Kaninand#8195;181
12.and#160;The Doctor of Dots: Robert Mankoffand#8195;197