To accompany a TED talk by cartoonist Bob Mankoff, the TED blog reproduces Mankoff’s eleven favorite New Yorker cartoons of all time. (He’s currently the magazine’s cartoon editor as well.)
Be sure to watch Mankoff’s hilarious 21-minute talk on “The anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon.” The summary:
The New Yorker receives around 1,000 cartoons each week; it only publishes about 17 of them. In this hilarious, fast-paced, and insightful talk, the magazine’s longstanding cartoon editor and self-proclaimed “humor analyst” Bob Mankoff dissects the comedy within just some of the “idea drawings” featured in the magazine, explaining what works, what doesn’t, and why.
I’ve chosen six of my favorites from Mankoff’s choices. His analysis of each cartoon and its artist is given in the captions.
And of course we must have a cat:
Finally, my favorite, by the inimitable Roz Chast. If you’re of a certain age you’ll immediately resonate with its bittersweet humor: