The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker

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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...

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Overview


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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Here's a multimedia package that's hard to beat: two easy-to-browse CDs including every cartoon ever published in the pages of the stylish Manhattan weekly, plus a gorgeous coffee-table book sampling the "bests" from each decade.
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
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579123222
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/21/2005
  • Edition description: Book and 2 CDs
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 11.31 (w) x 13.31 (h) x 1.81 (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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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Got it for a song...

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2009

    Excellent Gift

    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!

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

    My reactions were mixed

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2009

    Great book!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2004

    Wonderful Gift Book

    This is an absolutely wonderful book that should be part of everybody's library. It's richly filled with all of the wonderful artist's from the New Yorker for all to enjoy and learn. What a joy for the whole family!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004

    Wonderful

    I am a huge fan of The New Yorker, and my favorite part are the cartoons, so this book appealed to me right away. I love the wit and talent of their artists. This book will make a lovely addition to my coffee table for years to come.

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