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Funny Ladies: The New Yorker's Greatest Women Cartoonists
     

Funny Ladies: The New Yorker's Greatest Women Cartoonists

by Liza Donnelly, Jules Feiffer (Foreword by), Lee Lorenz (Preface by)
 

It’s no secret that most New Yorker readers flip through the magazine to look at the cartoons before they ever lay eyes on a word of the text. But what isn’t generally known is that over the decades a growing cadre of women artists have contributed to the witty, memorable cartoons that readers look forward to each week. Now Liza Donnelly, herself a

Overview

It’s no secret that most New Yorker readers flip through the magazine to look at the cartoons before they ever lay eyes on a word of the text. But what isn’t generally known is that over the decades a growing cadre of women artists have contributed to the witty, memorable cartoons that readers look forward to each week. Now Liza Donnelly, herself a renowned cartoonist with The New Yorker for more than twenty years, has written this wonderful, in-depth celebration of women cartoonists who have graced the pages of the famous magazine from the Roaring Twenties to the present day.
An anthology of funny, poignant, and entertaining cartoons, biographical sketches, and social history all in one, Funny Ladies offers a unique slant on 20th-century and early 21st-century America through the humorous perspectives of the talented women who have captured in pictures and captions many of the key social issues of their time. As someone who understands firsthand the cartoonist’s art, Donnelly is in a position to offer distinctive insights on the creative process, the relationships between artists and editors, what it means to be a female cartoonist, and the personalities of the other New Yorker women cartoonists, whom she has known over the years.
Funny Ladies reveals never-before-published material from The New Yorker archives, including correspondence from Harold Ross, Katharine White, and many others. In addition, Donnelly has interviewed all of the living female cartoonists, many of their male counterparts, and editors and writers: David Remnick, Roger Angell, Lee Lorenz, Harriet Walden (legendary editor Harold Ross’s secretary), Bob Mankoff, Eldon Dedini, Dana Fradon, Frank Model, Bob Weber, Sam Gross, Gahan Wilson, Joe Farris, among others.
Combining a wealth of information with an engaging and charming narrative, plus more than seventy cartoons, along with photographs and self-portraits of the cartoonists, Funny Ladies beautifully portrays the art and contributions of the brilliant female cartoonists in America’s greatest magazine.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Every year there's a new New Yorker cartoon anthology, of course, but this one is more than that - it is also a history. Donnelly has been a cartoonist for the magazine for 26 years, and she has a deep knowledge of the work of all her colleagues....There are more than 70 cartoons and many more anecdotes, most as rollicking as the art they celebrate. This is the perfect present for the female New Yorker reader on your gift list."
- Chicago Sun-Times
"[A] bonanza for those looking for raw material to analyze society's changing attitudes toward women and humor as reflected in the most high-brow of magazines.... As history Funny Ladies is essential."
- Publishers Weekly

"From Helen Hokinson to Roz Chast, some of The New Yorker's cleverest and most original cartoonists have been women. Liza Donnelly dusts off the archives and brings the famous and the forgotten back into the light. Next time someone tells you women aren't funny, give them this book and watch them try not to laugh!"
Katha Pollitt, Nation Columnist

"A long overdue examination of the contributions of women artists to The New Yorker cartoon tradition by one of its talented practitioners."
Robert Mankoff, Cartoon Editor, The New Yorker

Publishers Weekly
Business, golf and kids have all got their own cartoon spotlights via The New Yorker, so why not women? Instead of a cartoon collection, however, this is an exhaustive survey of the history of the few women cartoonists at the august magazine. Donnelly, a cartoonist herself, got access to the New Yorker's vast library of correspondence, so the book is full of in-depth accounts of spats between cartoonists such as Helen Hokinson and Barbara Shermund and legendary editors Harold Ross and Wallace Shawn. The result is a bonanza for those looking for raw material to analyze society's changing attitudes toward women and humor as reflected in the most highbrow of magazines. Where it comes up short, ironically, is the cartoons themselves, which are scattered throughout the book without identifying captions. Donnelly does offer insights into the careers of the early pioneers as they try to find material that suits them. A 20-year gap (1951-1972) during which almost no new women were introduced to the magazine speaks for itself, but woman are better represented today with such stars as Roz Chast and Marisa Acocella Marchetto. As history, Funny Ladies is essential, but it can't match the eloquence of the cartoons. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591023449
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
214
Sales rank:
947,814
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.77(d)

What People are Saying About This

Robert Mankoff
"A long overdue examination of the contributions of women artists to The New Yorker cartoon tradition by one of its talented practitioners."
Cartoon Editor, The New Yorker Magazine
Edward Sorel
"This smorgasbord of New Yorker cartoons by women is delectable, but it is Liza Donnelly's biographical background to these artists, and her behind-the-scene stories of life at that magazine, that turns Funny Ladies into a memorable meal."
Writer and Caricaturist
Patricia Marx
"With some books you laugh; with some books you learn. Happily, with Liza Donnelly, you get it all-except blue-cheese dressing. That's extra."
Humor writer
Jack Ziegler
"An entirely new and much welcome take on the history of The New Yorker is provided in "Funny Ladies." Cartoons are generally considered a male bastion, but author Liza Donnelly, a talented cartoonist herself, goes a long way in correcting this faulty assumption. She has dug deep into the magazine's archives and insightfully uncovered the ups and downs of the far-more-than-expected female practitioners of this art form over the past eighty years. With individual case histories, Donnelly tells us how these women were drawn to this field and what makes them tick. Virtually every page contains a surprise or two and then, of course, there's also a large dose of nearly a century's worth of very funny and not always "ladylike" drawings."
New Yorker Cartoonist
Katha Pollitt
"From Helen Hokinson to Roz Chast, some of the New Yorker's cleverest and most original cartoonists have been women. Liza Donnelly dusts off the archives and brings the famous and the forgotten back into the light. Next time someone tells you women aren't funny, give them this book and watch them try not to laugh!"
Nation Columnist

Meet the Author

Liza Donnelly (Rhinebeck, NY) has been a cartoonist for The New Yorker for twenty-six years. When she started, she was one of only three women cartoonists being published by the magazine at that time. Ms. Donnelly has written and illustrated a series of children’s books about dinosaurs and has edited four collections of cartoons, including Mothers and Daughters, and, with Michael Maslin, Fathers and Sons, Husbands and Wives, and Call Me When You Reach Nirvana. She has also contributed cartoons and illustrations to The New York Times, The Nation, Cosmopolitan, and many other national magazines.

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