Synopses & Reviews
Children, octogenarians, and everyone in between know the work of William Steig, the beloved cartoonist and award-winning childrenand#8217;s book author whose work graced the covers and pages of the New Yorker
for more than 70 years. In Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies and Clowns: The Lost Art of William Steig
, Jeanne Steig uncovers more than 450 never-before-published cartoons by her husband and provides personal insight and anecdotes about his work and her relationship with Bill, shedding new light on this celebrated genius.
Praise for Cats, Dogs, Men,Women, Ninnies and Clowns:
and#160;"A treasure trove of hundreds of previously unpublished illustrations by childrenand#8217;s book icon Steig, this compendium is organized thematically (people, dogs, and#8220;odd ducks,and#8221; etc.); the late Steigand#8217;s wife, Jeanne, introduces each section with delightful, insightful anecdotes. and#8220;He used to refer to us fondly as and#8216;a couple of cats,and#8217; or perhaps more romantically as and#8216;two rolls on a plate,and#8217; and#8221; she writes. Of course, the best sense of the man behind Shrek!, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, and other favorites is gained from the strange, free, and wholly original artwork that fill the pages with caricatured portraits, animals aand#8217;courting, drunken clowns, knife fights, and creatures impossible to name. Taken as a whole, the glorious lunacy is testimony to a true iconoclast."
-- Publishers Weekly, starred review
and#8220;What a splendid gift it would be if the works tearing up the best-seller lists werenand#8217;t that of a Stieg Larsson, but a Steig, William.and#8221;
and#8212;New York Times The Moment blog
and#8220;Pure pleasure from cover to coverand#8221;
and#8220;The book details a great character, and does so with a remarkable charm. Highly recommended for all interested in comic history and everyone who likes to look on the lighter side of life.and#8221;
"It's not too much of a stretch to say that this book can improve lives."-The Onion
"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
"A massive and winsome gift book....A browser's delight."–The National Review Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"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
andquot;A magnificent tome. It does notand#8212;it cannotand#8212;ever get better than this.andquot;and#8211;Fort Worth Star-Telegram
andquot;Pound for pound, this may be the seasonand#8217;s funniest book.andquot; and#8211;The Washington Post
"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
andquot;Priceless.andquot;and#8211;San Diego Union-Tribune
"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
"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
"Priceless."–San Diego Union-Tribune The Kansas City Star
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.
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.
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