I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lied about reading a New Yorker article. Like, if your roommate has a subscription, and leaves it in the bathroom, does that allow you to talk like a jackass? I do it, but I never read the articles, I read the cartoons. It gives me a sense of high-brow humor that satisfies my, you know, entitled New Yorker quota for the month. “hahaha did you see that cartoon in the most recent New Yorker??” See, that makes it seem like I’ve read all the articles, but now you know my secret. What a jackass.
The man that has brought us those sharp-witted and all too relevant cartoons over the last 20 years is stepping down. Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of the New Yorker will be out at the end of April, but he doesn’t plan on retiring from cartooning completely. He wants to stay in the world of cartooning by further developing the website he helped launch Cartoonbank.com, a licensing website for cartoons run by CondeNast. He also wants to continue working on his book of New Yorker Cartoons titled “The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons,” and finally, lucky for us, he says he still wants to submit cartoons. Let’s take a look at some of his best cartoons over the years, and aren’t you glad I stayed away from using the Cliché “last laugh” as a title? (It was tough)
All photos © Bob Mankoff0