Synopses & Reviews
Only people like that buy books like this...or write them."
So says Robert Mankoff—and he should know. As cartoon editor of The New Yorker, and one of its most gifted contributors, he spends his life pursuing that elusive thing called creativity, and inspring it in others. If you've ever wondered where great ideas come from, or yearned to channel your creative energies, or just wanted some pointers on how to get those artisitic juices flowing—this book was written for you.
Along with some help from his well-known cartoonist friends, Mankoff takes you on an entertaining words-and-pictures journey through the art, craft, and zen of cartooning, along the way providing lots of personal anecdotes about his development as an artist, and about life at the world's most urbane magazine. But you don't have to be an aspiring cartoonist to appreciate The Naked Cartoonist. Mankoff's wisdom, and his practical yet whimsical approach to the creative process, are designed to benefit anyone who has ever stared at a blank piece of paper or canvas and dreamed of transforming it into something truly original (and maybe even commercial).
What's so funny? Mankoff knows best. He also knows how you can find your own personal voice and mesage, how you can learn from the masters of the past, how you can transform a current event into a comic tour-de-force...even how you can incorporate telling lies and taking naps into your daily work routine—and justify it.
Learn how to be a more creative thinker in this one-of-a-kind book from the cartoon editor of the New Yorker
Through insider knowledge, inspirational wisdom, and useful examples, the man who chooses those cartoons (and contributes many of the funniest ones himself) answers the question How can I be more creative and funnier? and others in the first book to use cartooning as a means of exploring the creative process.
"Everything I need to know in life I learned from cartoons," says the opinionated, eccentric and devastatingly funny Bob Mankoff in this entertaining journey through the art, craft and Zen of cartooning. With the help of many other well-known cartoonists, Mankoff discusses, dissects and depicts such topics as:
- How to develop your creativity and your natural talents
- How to find your own particular voice and message
- How to learn from the cartoon masters of the past and present
- What a cartoon is (and what it is not)
- What makes a good cartoon work
- How to market cartoons and more.
Featuring lots of art drawings, photos, panel cartoons and doodles on every extravagant page, this breezy yet info-packed book also includes lots of Bob's personal anecdotes about his development as an artist and smart aleck, and about life at the world's most urbane magazine.
In this practical, funny, and easy-to-follow approach to the creative process, the cartoon editor of The New Yorker
reveals—through the medium of cartooning—the simple secrets to finding your inspiration, honing your wit, getting great ideas, and being more creative every day.
INCLUDES MORE THAN 400 CARTOONS!
"You were born with a gift for laughter and a sense that the world is mad.
About the Author
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.