Editor & Punisher posts about a terrific gem that we might have otherwise overlooked, and includes a bit of sharp observation on questions that came up in an online chat featuring Robert Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker. (I must confess that I don't spend much time checking in with The Washington Post's online chats, so if you ever see a good one, let us know!):
People seem to have given up on the cartoons years ago because many still believe that The New Yorker has continued upholding its reputation for publishing deliberately obscure and inscrutable cartoons.Yikes, indeed. At least he gets points for honesty. Too bad he loses them for acknowledging the truth and then ignoring it. Read the rest.
We actually have to give Mankoff credit for steering the cartoon content away from this cliché, as the cartoons seem to have lately sloughed off a layer or two of snide detachment in favor of actual humor. We’ve even developed a soft spot for Roz Chast, though we’d attribute that more to our slow, but inexorable slide toward middle age than to her talent for inspiring surefire laughchuckles.
Interestingly, Mankoff, who originally was a contributing cartoonist for many years before assuming his editorial position, claims to have submitted 500 cartoons over a period of two years before The New Yorker finally published one.
Mankoff also apparently doesn’t think that the lady cartoonists are all that funny, as is evidenced in this stunning admission in response to a question asking to see more women cartoonists:
"I'd say about 10% of the cartoons submitted come from women, and it's no doubt if women ran the magazine and one was cartoon editor more would be selected."
Yikes. He even said this after noting that Roz Chast, The New Yorker’s marquee columnist, is a woman.