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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 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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Robert Mankoff (Author) 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.WILL SHORTZ has been the puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987. He's also the crossword editor of The New York Times, the former editor of Games magazine, and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (since 1978). He is the only person in the world to hold a college degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned from Indiana University in 1974. He lives near New York City.Adam Gopnik (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.


What could be better than a gigantic 656-page collection of 2,004 (get it?) of the best cartoons published in the New Yorker over the last 80 years? Perhaps a double CD set with all 68,647 cartoons ever published in the magazine-complete with a nifty search function that allows readers to search for cartoons by year of publication or by cartoonist's name. This improbably large offering is a bonanza of wry Manhattan-centric comic commentary on urban life and much else in American culture over the years. There's Peter Arno's 1948 ink-and-wash cartoon of a mildly concerned matron, book in hand, asking her newspaper-reading husband, "Is there a Mrs. Kinsey?" Or Peter Steiner's now famous cartoon drawing of two dogs chatting in front of a computer. "On the Internet," says one canine to the other, "nobody knows you're a dog." The book offers an introduction by New Yorker editor David Remnick and short essays introducing each decade-which readers may want to read after perusing the cartoons first-by such New Yorker luminaries as Roger Angell, Lillian Ross and John Updike. This is an absolutely fabulous collection of sophisticated silliness that will soon take its rightful place on coffee tables all over the country. (Oct. 5) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

" Priceless." - San Diego Union-Tribune " Cultural history at its wittiest." - USA Today " A massive and winsome gift book....A browser's delight." - The National Review " It's not too much of a stretch to say that this book can improve lives." - The Onion " Pound for pound, this may be the season's funniest book." - The Washington Post " Perfectly reflects America's changing punch archive of American humor." - Joel Stein, Time " A magnificent tome. It does not-- it cannot-- ever get better than this." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram " The best holiday perennial yet from the editors of the best magazine in the United States." - The Chicago Sun-Times " Not only a stand-up routine for smart people who own a coffee table but a history of American culture." - Joel Stein, Time " If aliens touch down on the planet tomorrow, give them this book as a cultural crash course....A classic." - Kansas City Star " A transfixing study of American mores and manners that happens to incorporate boundless laughs, too....Indispensable." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times "Cultural history at its wittiest."1;USA Today "A massive and winsome gift book....A browser's delight."1;The National Review "Pound for pound, this may be the season7;s funniest book." 1;The Washington Post "A magnificent tome. It does not2;it cannot2;ever get better than this."1;Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The best holiday perennial yet from the editors of the best magazine in the United States."1;The Chicago Sun-Times "If aliens touch down on the planet tomorrow, give them this book as a cultural crash course....A classic."1;Kansas City Star "A transfixing study of American mores and manners that happens to incorporate boundless laughs, too....Indispensable."-Janet Maslin, The New York Times--Janet Maslin "The New York Times " "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 "Time magazine " "Perfectly reflects America's changing punch archive of American humor."-Joel Stein, Time--Joel Stein "Time magazine " "It's not too much of a stretch to say that this book can improve lives."-The Onion

Thematic compilations of New Yorker cartoons have been published before, but this hefty, oversized hardcover-comprising over 2000 black-and-white cartoons selected by New Yorker cartoon editor Mankoff-will serve as a definitive collection (for now). In addition to the cartoons, which are organized by decade, the book boasts commentary by the likes of Roger Angell, Lillian Ross, John Updike, Calvin Trillin, and Ian Frazier, as well as brief, thematic essays (e.g., cars, the Internet) and biographies of significant artists such as James Thurber, Charles Addams, and Roz Chast. It is also equipped with two discs that include all 68,647 cartoons published in the magazine from 1925 through February 2004. Although the resolution is adequate for viewing on computer screens and casual printing in small sizes only, the keyword searching has its limitations. For example, the term Mother Goose produces only two hits, while The New Yorker's own Mother Goose compilation has dozens more. Of course, creating a thorough subject index for such a multitude of cartoons is a daunting task. As Nancy Franklin notes, "They're easy to pin up, and impossible to pin down." Even though this work offers hours of entertainment, it may have a slightly limited if enthusiastic audience. Still, it is highly recommended for any library that has New Yorker readers, serves schools offering courses in cartooning and popular culture, or would find a collection of the first 80 years of New Yorker cartoons of interest from an archival viewpoint.-Ann Carlson, Oak Park and River Forest H.S., IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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