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The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker

The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker

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by Robert Mankoff (Editor), David Remnick (Foreword by), Adam Gopnik (Introduction)
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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Warren Bass
Pound for pound, The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker may be the season's funniest book -- and that's saying something.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
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. (Oct. 5) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Thematic compilations of New Yorker cartoons have been published before, but this hefty, oversized hardcover-comprising over 2000 black-and-white cartoons selected by New Yorker cartoon editor Mankoff-will serve as a definitive collection (for now). In addition to the cartoons, which are organized by decade, the book boasts commentary by the likes of Roger Angell, Lillian Ross, John Updike, Calvin Trillin, and Ian Frazier, as well as brief, thematic essays (e.g., cars, the Internet) and biographies of significant artists such as James Thurber, Charles Addams, and Roz Chast. It is also equipped with two discs that include all 68,647 cartoons published in the magazine from 1925 through February 2004. Although the resolution is adequate for viewing on computer screens and casual printing in small sizes only, the keyword searching has its limitations. For example, the term Mother Goose produces only two hits, while The New Yorker's own Mother Goose compilation has dozens more. Of course, creating a thorough subject index for such a multitude of cartoons is a daunting task. As Nancy Franklin notes, "They're easy to pin up, and impossible to pin down." Even though this work offers hours of entertainment, it may have a slightly limited if enthusiastic audience. Still, it is highly recommended for any library that has New Yorker readers, serves schools offering courses in cartooning and popular culture, or would find a collection of the first 80 years of New Yorker cartoons of interest from an archival viewpoint.-Ann Carlson, Oak Park and River Forest H.S., IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Time magazine - Joel Stein
"Not only a stand-up routine for smart people who own a coffee table but a history of American culture."–Joel Stein, Time
Chicago Sun-Times
"The best holiday perennial yet from the editors of the best magazine in the United States."–The Chicago Sun-Times
The New York Times - Janet Maslin
"A transfixing study of American mores and manners that happens to incorporate boundless laughs, too....Indispensable."–Janet Maslin, The New York Times
USA Today
"Cultural history at its wittiest."–USA Today
The Washington Post
"Pound for pound, this may be the season’s funniest book." –The Washington Post
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"A magnificent tome. It does not—it cannot—ever get better than this."–Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The National Review
"A massive and winsome gift book....A browser's delight."–The National Review
The Kansas City Star
"If aliens touch down on the planet tomorrow, give them this book as a cultural crash course....A classic."–Kansas City Star
San Diego Union-Tribune
"Priceless."–San Diego Union-Tribune
The Onion
"It's not too much of a stretch to say that this book can improve lives."–The Onion
From the Publisher

"It's not too much of a stretch to say that this book can improve lives."–The Onion

Product Details

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
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Edition description:
Updated with All-in-One DVD
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 11.90(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet 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.

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The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SanvenFW More than 1 year ago
Great book, and it was on clearance! It's obviously not something you pick up and read from cover to cover, but it is entertaining!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent gift for someone who has everything. If someone has followed the cartoons through the years in the New Yorker Magazine, it is a "must have". It is clever and funny, and there are cartoons for every occasion and situation. It is a hugh "coffee table" book and it is a great conversation piece. Definitely a five-star purchase!
Joe_from_Danbury More than 1 year ago
I looked forward to recapturing some of the "magic" of the New Yorker which I read for many years. I jumped ship when Tina Brown became Editor and converted a great magazine into a gossip and celebrity oriented rag with a deemphasis on the quality fiction that was it's hallmark. Even a change of Editorship has not brought the New Yorker back to what I wanted. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book which contains a sample of many of the Cartoons I treasured. My major disappointment was that the majority of Cartoons are on a DVD-ROM disk which requires a drive not found on the majority of personal computers despite the claim on the book cover. The warning was inadequate and evaded my detection. The good news is that I bought it at a heavily discounted price of $20 from Barnes and Noble and with my Member's Discount and an additional 15% Coupon it was truly a bargain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a gift for my son who has always been a fan of the New Yorker magazine. He absolutely loves this book! The art work and writing are great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago