The Best of the Rejection Collection: 293 Cartoons That Were Too Dumb, Too Dark, or Too Naughty for The New Yorker

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It’s the best of the worst: 293 of the funniest cartoons rejected by The New Yorker but luckily for us, now in paperback and available to enjoy. The Rejection Collection brings together some of The New Yorker’s brightest talents—Roz Chast, Gahan Wilson, Sam Gross, Jack Zeigler, David Sipress, and more—and reveals their other side. Their dark side. Their juvenile side. Their sick side. Their naughty side. Their outrageous side.

And what a treat. Ventriloquist dummy cartoons. ...

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Overview

It’s the best of the worst: 293 of the funniest cartoons rejected by The New Yorker but luckily for us, now in paperback and available to enjoy. The Rejection Collection brings together some of The New Yorker’s brightest talents—Roz Chast, Gahan Wilson, Sam Gross, Jack Zeigler, David Sipress, and more—and reveals their other side. Their dark side. Their juvenile side. Their sick side. Their naughty side. Their outrageous side.

And what a treat. Ventriloquist dummy cartoons. Operating room cartoons. Bring your daughter to work day cartoons (the stripper, the prison guard on death row). Lots of couples in bed, quite a few coffins, wise-cracking animals—an obsessive’s plumbing of the weird, the scary, the off-the-wall, and done so without restraint.

Every week The New Yorker receives 500 cartoon submissions, and rejects a great majority—mostly, of course, for not being funny enough. There’s no question why these were rejected, and it’s not for lack of laughs. One can almost hear Eustace Tilley sniffing, We are not amused.

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Thankfully, The New Yorker will always be The New Yorker, but sometimes that vivid sense of self-image sets boundaries beyond which we wish we could wander. Each week, the magazine rejects most of than five hundred submissions from its regular cartoonists, nixing them because they were too outrageous, lowbrow, political incorrect, or of questionable taste. Fortunately, Matthew Diffee has been sifting through the works of scores of prominent New Yorker contributors, salvaging the crème de la crème. (P.S. The Best of the Rejection Collection mines the material from Diffee's two previous gathering, but adds new material as well.)

Steven Levingston
…many are laugh-out-loud funny, combining the wit of the New Yorker with the gutter-view of Larry Flynt. What makes this book so pleasurable is that the quips are raunchy but the drawings are in the recognizable styles of Roz Chast, David Sipress, Leo Cullum, Gahan Wilson, William Haefeli and more than three dozen other New Yorker contributors; there's also an amusing Q&A with each cartoonist.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761165781
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/19/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 385,409
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Diffee has been contributing cartoons to The New Yorker since 1999, and to date has had more than 200 cartoons published in the magazine. He is the author of The Rejection Collection and The Rejection Collection, Vol. 2, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    More Than I Expected

    I was hoping to find a fun read...a nice mental break to enjoy for a few minutes each day. What I found was one of the most interesting explorations of creativity, and a picture of the range of diversity in the minds of the creative people included in the book. While The actual cartoons are fun, its the questionnaire everyone responds to that is the gold for me. More than an escape, I'm adding this to the reading list for our creative writing students. The only problem I see with the book is that I'm almost finished with it...well, with the first read anyway...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Gay

    This is sooo gay not happy gay.

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