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Humor's Edge: Cartoons by Ann Telnaes Hardcover – Box set, August, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764928686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764928680
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,526,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Telnaes won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001, and this fine collection of her syndicated political cartoons shows it was certainly justified. Her cartoons go beyond the usual easy labels and apples-in-a-barrel caricatures to take on issues with grace and wit. The work, which is being published in conjunction with a Library of Congress exhibition of Telnaes's work, falls on the liberal side of the fence. Telnaes's critiques of George W. Bush are scathing, but lack the shrill hysteria that can infect political cartoons on both sides of the party divide. To accentuate the plight of Afghan women, Telnaes shows a group of them chained to a bomb labeled "Taliban Regime" as they admonish readers to "Aim carefully, please." Another cartoon is silent, with only a flagpole festooned with surveillance cameras to carry its firm message. Telnaes's solid concepts are helped along by an artistic clarity: she has an unusually clean, expressive line, which harks back to her cartoon heroes Robert Osborn and Saul Steinberg. By their nature, political cartoons are dated, and collections even more so, but Telnaes's art holds up. This handsome volume also includes an in-depth interview with Telnaes and examples of her rough sketches.
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Welcome to the third millennium, as seen through the eyes of Ann Telnaes, the second woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Her witty, bold, and visually striking cartoons appeal to millions of newspaper and online readers across the country and around the world. Telnaes’ work exemplifies the finest tradition of the "ungentlemanly" art of editorial cartooning—she comments with a critical, humorous, and fearless honesty on current events as varied as the 2000 presidential election, terrorist attacks and war, and threats to freedom of expression, civil liberties, and international women’s rights. Whether dissenting or affirming, exposing hypocrisy or celebrating human resilience, Telnaes brings a refreshing and original spirit to the art of cartooning and sheds a distinctive light on contemporary issues.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Humor's Edge is an hilarious collection of editorial cartoons by Ann Telnaes. Each sharply worded, briskly and cleanly drawn cartoon offers a scathing insight into recent matters of cotemporary politics or daily life, and captions explaining the news events driving the cartoons make their often dark meaning crystal clear. As edgy as the title suggests, and as thought-provoking as it is entertaining, Humor's Edge is a political cartoon compilation that cuts to the quick.

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By nounours on February 23, 2015
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I discovered Ann Telnaes in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Love her humor !
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Earl R. Sutton on November 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"A board member of the Cartoonists Rights Network, Ann Telnaes worked several years at Walt Disney Imagineering as a designer. Her editorial cartoons have been exhibited in Washington, D.C., and Paris. Her many awards include the National Press Foundation's Berryman Award (2003); the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning (2001); and The National Headliner Award for Editorial Cartoons (1997)."--© Pomegranate
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