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How the New Yorker Picks Those Stupid Cartoons

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by 21, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    I know we have a lot of New Yorker readers here....quick show of hands, have you ever, EVER, laughed at one of the cartoons, or cut one out to hang on the refrigerator or send to your sister?

    Neither have I.

    I always figured it's a big inside joke over there, like the emperor has no clothes...publish the most humorless pointless scribbles they can find, and wait to see if they can make people simper at cocktail parties, 'oh, I just loved that one!'

    Apparently I was wrong.

  2. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Makes me laugh every time...
    “If I didn’t know before I sure as hell know who Manolo Blahnik is now.”

    One dog on a couch speaking to psychiatrist, who is also a dog
  3. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    I think you just made my point for me.
  4. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Perhaps, but I have also eaten fruitcake. And, I liked it.
  5. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Thanks for posting that, 21.

    Fascinating read. I can't imagine dealing with that level of rejection for such a personally creative enterprise.
  6. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    "How about never? Is never good for you?"
  7. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Okay, how about this:

    Two guys in a bar: 'Yeah, I once ate a fruitcake...married her, too.'

    I'm going to send that one to the New Yorker...
  8. jaredk

    jaredk Member

    I tacked one behind my desk. Little people at the foot of a mountain. Shouting up through the clouds to Zeus: "We're tired of your Olympian views."

    Every columnist should frame that one.
  9. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Huh. Did Zeus look like Mitch Albom? I would have laughed at that one.
  10. Satchel Pooch

    Satchel Pooch Member

    He says your wife is a pig.
  11. zaphod

    zaphod New Member

    I have laughed, out loud, to many of the New Yorker cartoons.

    A fave: young man, looking early 20s maybe, sits on NYC stoop, ogling pretty girl walking by but plainly content to just sit and smile. Older woman, presumably the boy's mother, stands at top of stoop: "Whistle, you dumb bastard!"

    I read an anthology of New Yorker cartoons that spanned 1925 through 2000. "Funny" aside -- and many of them are hilarious -- they are an interesting study of America. The Depression; the war years, the civil rights movement, etc. -- it's all reflected in the cartoons.
  12. MR. ELINOFF: It's a slice of life.

    ELAINE: No it isn't.

    MR. ELINOFF: Pun?

    ELAINE: I don't think so.

    MR. ELINOFF: Vorshtein?

    ELAINE: That's not a word.....You have no idea what this means do you?

    MR. ELINOFF: No.

    ELAINE: Then why did you print it.

    MR. ELINOFF: I liked the kitty.
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