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|Named Person:||Robert Mankoff; Robert Mankoff|
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|Description:||285 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm|
I'm not arguing, I'm Jewish --
We're looking for people who like to draw --
A brief history of cartooning --
Deconstructing New Yorker cartoons --
Finding my style --
My generation --
Laughing all the way to the cartoon bank --
Lucking out, getting in --
Seinfeld and the cartoon episode --
Tooning The New Yorker: where cartoons come from --
The cartoon department --
David decides --
How to "win" the New Yorker cartoon caption contest --
The kids are all right --
"The New Yorker has published over 75,000 cartoons since its founding, and 95% of them were done by only a few hundred cartoonists. For decades now, Mankoff has been at the center of this talented group of artists. He starts his story at age eight, when he started doing funny drawings, and follows his unlikely stints as a high school basketball star, draft dodger, and sociology grad student--all the while turning out cartoon after cartoon. We see his unwavering determination to have The New Yorker publish his work ("After two years of submitting all I had to show for it were enough New Yorker rejection slips to wallpaper my bathroom . . .I kept at it. I had other rooms that needed wallpaper"), the lucky breaks he finally gets at the magazine, and his most popular cartoons (the one that lends this book its title earned him a spot in The Yale Book of Quotations). A story about making a career out of your passion, How About Never is also about why some cartoons make us laugh and others don't, and why it's so damn impossible to win the New Yorker caption contest"--
Lucid, illuminating, and encouraging . . . "How About Never Is Never Good for You?" is not just a charming memoir but also a charming grab bag of cartoon history, cartoon theory (nothing too woolly)
- Mankoff, Robert.
- Cartoonists -- United States -- Biography.
- Periodical editors -- United States -- Biography.
- New Yorker (New York, N.Y. : 1925)
- BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General.
- COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General.
- Periodical editors.
- United States.