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The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker Hardcover – October 5, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; Har/Com edition (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579123228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579123222
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 11.3 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
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From Booklist

Issued as part of the New Yorker's eightieth anniversary celebration, this greatly oversize, undeniably heavy, but amazingly low-priced volume collects, in two formats, the cartoons that have appeared in the pages of that magazine over the course of its distinguished publishing history. Home to outstanding prose and poetry, the New Yorker has also enjoyed an outstanding reputation for its weekly showcasing of socially and politically satiric and, yes, cerebral--but also downright hilarious--cartoons from some of the most popular, cutting-edge, and stiletto-sharp cartoonists of the day. The book itself gathers 2,500 of the most representative cartoons for display, but two accompanying CDs contain all the cartoons (68,647, to be exact) ever published in the magazine. Arrangement is by chapter, with each covering a decade of the New Yorker's existence. Chapters are introduced by noted New Yorker writers, including John Updike, Roger Angell, and Lillian Ross. A testament--a tribute--to the great magazine but also an absolutely special way to spend quality time. Brad Hooper
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The New Yorker is an award-winning weekly magazine featuring reporting, criticism, commentary, fiction, poetry, and renowned single-panel cartoons. It has won more National Magazine Awards, the magazine world's equivalent of the Oscars, than any other magazine. Its contributors have won numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. Robert Mankoff is the cartoon editor of The New Yorker, and a cartoonist in his own right. He is the editor of many collections of New Yorker cartoons, including The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker.

Customer Reviews

The book WITHOUT the CDs is worth much more than what I paid for.
L.E.J.
Many of the people who'd most appreciate this collection -- older folks who've read the mag for decades -- will find it too heavy to lift.
Reader Rabbit
I am determined to look at every one of the more than 68,000 cartoons presented in "The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker"!
Karen Sampson Hudson

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147 of 160 people found the following review helpful By L. O'Brien on June 19, 2005
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I should have read more of the reviews here. I wanted this book since the day I spotted it in the bookstore, but held off because of the price. I was particularly anxious to see the 2 CDs. But the cartoons are all LOW RESOLUTION--what a disappointment. I can understand why--they don't want people to be able to print high-res versions...to still have to go to their website if they want to do that. But they should have announced that on the cover. Really--it is almost sinful. What a RIP-OFF. Read the other comments here about how unreadable some of the cartoons are because of the LOW-RESOLUTION. Really disgusting.
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141 of 154 people found the following review helpful By E Rice on February 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
that brings my rating down to 2 stars.

i have a very advanced, nearly state of the art cpu and monitor. i can't read the captions on the most of the cartoons. they're pertectly legible if i print them out, but that's hardly a sensible solution.

the other part of the low rating is the size of the book. obviously, the book industry has become infatuated with huge tomes lately. i would have preferred two, or even three, volumes of a size that could be read comfortably in a chair or in bed. unless i buy an actual lectern, i have nowhere in my house to put this book where i can read it casually or easily.

as most reviewers do, i love the new yorker cartoons. i'm glad to have the collection, but i wish i could enjoy it more easily.
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Joeomar on January 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book is outstanding (hence one star) but the New Yorker is engaging in a form of fraud for claiming that the CDs contain all the cartoons ever published. In actual fact the CDs are of such low resolution that MANY of the cartoons cannot be interpreted because the caption or even the entire drawing is illegible. If a drawing is too illegible to interpret it is the same as not being included. I love the cartoons of the New Yorker and it was incredibly frustrating browsing the CDs and repeatedly finding cartoons that simply cannot be read. Enlarging them doesn't help. You WILL get a headache. The publisher should retract their claim and remove the illegible cartoons from the CDs. And shame on them for foisting this on those of us who truly love their cartoons.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By B. Ault on January 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
IF you want this book almost exclusively for reading the cartoons - on paper - by all means buy it. They are delightful, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. The cartoons are a terrific history lesson of the culture of the New Yorker reader. For example, while FDR was being re-elected three times by historic margins, the New Yorker reader identified with wealthy characters who couldn't stand his egalitarian economics. Fascinating and funny besides.

IF you are largely looking forward to the CD-ROM's, DON'T buy this book under any circumstances. As reported elsewhere, the cartoons are so poorly reproduced that signs - often essential to the laugh - are completely illegible. Also, sometimes Adobe Reader will obscure cartoons under a gray "filter". The filter doesn't disappear until the magnification reaches 200%, by which time the poor quality is far worse. Also, at 200%, the cartoon is often so large that you can't see the whole thing on your screen. Mind-boggling.

How could "The New Yorker" jeopardize their reputation with these shoddy CD's? I understand their concerns about people re-publishing good copies, but as it stands, these CD's are extremely frustrating and guaranteed to annoy and disappoint. I have had more satisfying experiences with CD-ROM's that came free on a Cheerios box.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By portledgesteven on September 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What a great book. I've always thought there was a doctoral dissertation lurking in cartoons on the pages of the New Yorker, and now I'm sure of it. Look at the difference in style and content across the decades, look at the cartoons that were funny in 1950 and see what is still funny now and what has become outdated, look at the vast changes in cartooning!

But most of all, just look at all of these thousands, no, tens of thousands of cartoons and have a good time. The book is gold, with its 2,004 cartoons, and the essays about the decades and the artists are very well done, but if the book is gold, then there's platinum in the CDs.

One thing - if you're a Mac user, as I am, be aware that you really need OSX to make this work (a detail some purchase sites don't mention).
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Kenton L. Kuehnle on October 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This would have been a great idea, to have all of the cartoons from the New Yorker. But the resolution on the disks is so poor that they are useless. Certainly, the cost of a few more disks (so that the resolution could be adequate) wouldn't have put this book out of the price range for those interested in buying it. It looks as though someone just decided to do the minimum, so that they could claim that all the cartoons are there, with little or no concern about the quality of the images.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michael Feinberg on February 12, 2005
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I bought this for the promise of "Every cartoon ever published in The New Yorker." But the resolution of 96 pixels/inch is so bad that the point of subtle cartoons is completely lost. If the joke is in the caption, fine. But if the humor is in, for example, the wording of a sign in the cartoon, forget it. You can see there's a sign but there's no way to read it.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Stargazer Steve on January 1, 2005
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The book is BIG and wonderful. It not only sits on my coffee table, but with a few legs, it could be my coffee table. The best part however are the two CDs. No way could one volume hold all the cartoons ever in the New Yorker. The CDs are great because they can be sorted, searched and you can even print out any cartoon you really like. Do you have any idea how many cartoons Charles Addams drew for this magazine?(715 in the 1929-64 CD alone) You can look at them, and anyone else, and sort in many many ways. I got 2017 hits in the same CD by typing "war" into the search field. What a resource! Just the thing for a winter's evening. The book will even keep your lap warm.
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