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The submissions were not set aside because they were not funny but (for the most part) because they were too funny.
--New York Times

About the Author

Matthew Diffee has been contributing cartoons to The New Yorker since 1999, and he edited the bestselling volumes of The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker. Diffee was honored by the National Cartoonists Society with the Reuben Award for Best Gag Cartoonist of the Year in 2014. Originally form Texas, Diffee now lives in Los Angeles but in a good way.

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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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416933395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416933397
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"The Rejection Collection," edited by Matthew Diffee, consists of cartoons that were "too risque, silly, or weird" to be accepted by the New Yorker magazine. Diffee asked thirty of his friends and colleagues, all of whom have had their work published in the New Yorker, to sift through their rejects and submit their favorites. From these, Diffee picked HIS favorites, which he dubs "the cream of the crap."

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.
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These cartoons are much funnier than the ones which actually appear in the New Yorker. I usually laugh out loud two or three times per issue, but almost every cartoon in this book was a winner! Most of these cartoons were rejected not because of poor quality, but because they're in, ahem, questionable taste. The little questionnaires (full of sly wit) which each cartoonist answers were annoying at first, but ended up being one of my favorite parts of the book (partly because they stopped me from barreling through the cartoons and getting overloaded). A perfect gift for somebody who isn't easily offended!
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The cartoons in this book are mostly great, and I am very glad that Matthew Diffee decided to collect them between two covers for our benefit. However, what definitely weighs the book down are the interruptive cartoonist questionnaires which, although funny at times, reek of self-importance. As someone who takes great interest in cartoons and cartoonists, reading through the cartoonists' witticisms feels unnecessary even to me. One purchases a book of cartoons to see the cartoons, and the long Q&A sections that pepper the book simply destroy any sort of flow that it may have had. In general, cartoons which are funny individually become much funnier when looked at cumulatively (an idea that Stephen King hinted at in his introduction to one of the Far Side treasuries). Unfortunately, this book never allows itself to establish a one-after-another, hit-you-until-you're-down rhythm, and it suffers for it.

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.
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....unless you don't mind being seen cackling, gasping for breath with beer
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
subscription though.)

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
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