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The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker Hardcover – October 3, 2006
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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.
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Diffee inserts photographs of the artists as well as quirky questionnaires that allow the cartoonists to express their feelings about such topics as their childhoods, what makes them laugh, and how they handle rejection. Unsurprisingly, their answers tend to be offbeat, humorous, and filled with doodles. The cartoons themselves have to be seen to be believed. They are scatological, profane, sadistic, stupid, clever, politically incorrect, and often hilarious. It's fair game to satirize crooked politicians, cosmetic surgery, and idiotic voice mail messages, but how can anyone make fun of chemotherapy, transsexuals, child abuse, alcoholism, and suicide?
One of the book's strengths is the insight that it offers into the creative process. Some of the artists believe that the text is more important than the drawings--no ideas, no cartoons. However, in the best of the bunch, the writing and drawing are so well integrated that neither element dominates. These cartoons work so well that the reader may find himself laughing out loud (and feeling guilty afterwards). You might consider giving a copy as a gift to a friend who is wacky, irreverent, and not easily offended. I wouldn't give it to Mom, Dad, your rabbi, or your priest, however. In these pages are naked guys and ladies, references to bodily functions, and content that is inappropriate for people with delicate sensibilities. "The Rejection Collection" is a scathing and often outrageous satire of modern society, the human condition, and the madness that surrounds us every day.
My advice to Mr. Diffee is to attempt to publish a second volume, 3rd, and 4th, etc., but without the cumbersome stoppages every three pages. There are clearly enough wonderful rejected cartoons out there to merit these volumes, and continuing to publish them is a fantastic idea, but the cartoonists' egos should be left at the door. Being a cartoonist is about showing off your work, not yourself.
If, however, somebody decided to compile biographical pieces on and photographs of New Yorker cartoonists, and not market the book as a book of cartoons, the questionnaires used in this tome would be highly appropriate and informative in that type of setting. Maybe that's another idea. But the two shouldn't be combined, because the reader is left wanting either way, not getting enough cartoons or biographical stuff.
running out of your nose.
You already know that these are cartoons by New Yorker cartoonists that were
rejected by that magazine. If you're a regular reader of the New Yorker, this book
will be a revelation: the difference between these cartoons and the ones that get
published is not just that these are much funnier. The difference lies in the
exuberance and boundary-pushing that's the hallmark or true art. Or at least
true cartoons. There's less of the insider-joke smarminess that congratulates you
for being hip enough to get what the joke is. Seeing what the magazine didn't
want to publish has diminished my respect for it just a bit. (I'm not cancelling my
There's the cartoon of the couple sitting on a couch. Through the window, we see
the full moon. The man is visibly turning into a werewolf. The woman observes:
"You're lucky. I'm turning into my mother." Then there's the Roadkill Zoo and the
Santa with a craving for venison and the ventriloquist who getting drunk while
his dummy barfs and. . . . . . .
_Lynn Hoffman, author of bang BANG, which was rejected once or twice itself
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A funny and great book! Sent to my 80 yr old mom for Mother's Day. She liked it but she can handle dark humor. This was the second copy that I have purchased.Published 2 months ago by suburban ny mom
I loved this book! I've looked at quite a few New Yorker cartoon books in the past, but this is my favorite!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a Staten Island native, I'm a big New Yorker fan, but these 'rejection collection' books are all the same. Read morePublished 7 months ago by melendez
This is a horribly done cheap knock-off. I was going to give it as a gift; am returning it instead. Would have given no stars if I could. What a rip-off.Published 8 months ago by nelenkay2
One of my all-time most disappointing purchases. True, I found two exceptional cartoons, but the rest are just plain terrible. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joschka
I've enjoyed the various editions of the 'Rejection Collection' for years and often give the as gifts. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Avid Reader
Very clever, cheeky cartoons. Questionnaires offer another level of wit.Published 11 months ago by Darryl Levings