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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For nearly 80 years, The New Yorker has set the standard for cartoon wit. This accurately titled paperback-and-DVD package enables you to catch up on all the fun that you have missed. The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker is literally complete: Its easily searchable DVD-ROM contains every cartoon published in America's most revered magazine -- all 70,001 of them!
Time magazine
"Not only a stand-up routine for smart people who own a coffee table but a history of American culture."–Joel Stein, Time
— Joel Stein
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
"A transfixing study of American mores and manners that happens to incorporate boundless laughs, too....Indispensable."–Janet Maslin, The New York Times
— Janet Maslin
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
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
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
From the Publisher
"It's not too much of a stretch to say that this book can improve lives."–The Onion
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579126209
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/8/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 118,141
  • Product dimensions: 10.06 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.38 (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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