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The Best of the Rejection Collection: 293 Cartoons That Were Too Dumb, Too Dark, or Too Naughty for The New Yorkerby Matthew Diffee
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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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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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I was hoping to find a fun read...a nice mental break to enjoy for a few minutes each day. What I found was one of the most interesting explorations of creativity, and a picture of the range of diversity in the minds of the creative people included in the book. While The actual cartoons are fun, its the questionnaire everyone responds to that is the gold for me. More than an escape, I'm adding this to the reading list for our creative writing students. The only problem I see with the book is that I'm almost finished with it...well, with the first read anyway...
This is sooo gay not happy gay.