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.)
The Best of the Rejection Collection: 293 Cartoons That Were Too Dumb, Too Dark, or Too Naughty for The New Yorkerby Matthew Diffee
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/i>/i>/i>
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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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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