CHF 2009: Laughter

The New Yorker Cartoonists

No issue of The New Yorker would be complete without the cartoons sprinkled throughout its pages. The magazine has featured cartoons since its inception in 1925, and some of the most important talents in American humor have contributed cartoons in the ensuing eight decades. Three current New Yorker cartoonists—Pat Byrnes, Roz Chast, and Ed Koren — discuss and deconstruct the elements essential to the magazine’s famous cartoons and particular brand of humor. The New Yorker’s cartoon editor Robert Mankoff moderates.

Presented in partnership with the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan.

Pictured above, self portrait by Roz Chast.

Speakers and Performers

Pat Byrnes

Formerly an aerospace engineer, an ad writer, and a voice actor, Pat Byrnes has  contributed to The New Yorker since 1998. His work is also a staple in Reader's Digest, Wall Street Journal, and America Magazine. He has published two compilations of his cartoons, What Would Satan Do? and Because I'm the Child Here and I Said So and is the illustrator of Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynn Truss. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lisa Madigan, and their daughters.

Roz Chast

Roz Chast began contributing to The New Yorker in 1978. Since then, she has contributed over 1,000 cartoons and several covers to the magazine. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A. in Painting in 1978. In addition to populating the pages of The New Yorker, her cartoons have appeared in many other magazines, including Scientific American and The Harvard Business Review.

Edward Koren

Cartoonist Edward Koren has had more than 1,000 cartoons published in The New Yorker. His work has appeared in many other publications and he has illustrated books for Delia Ephron, George Plimpton, and Alan Katz. An author and illustrator of several children's books, he has also published six collections of cartoons which first appeared in The New Yorker, including, most recently The Hard Work of Simple Living.

Robert Mankoff

Robert Mankoff is the cartoon editor of The New Yorker. More than 800 of his cartoons have been published in the magazine in the past thirty years, including the magazine's bestselling cartoon of all time. He is the author and editor of dozens of cartoon books in addition to The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity, his book about the creative process behind developing magazine-style cartoons.
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Leaders And Thinkers

Pat Byrnes
Cartoonist
Roz Chast (b. 1954)
Cartoonist
Robert Mankoff
Cartoonist and cartoon editor of The New Yorker

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Good Reads

The Cartoon Lounge
Blog at The New Yorker
In Tough Times, Finding the Humor in Value
The New York Times on "On the Money" at the Morgan
Doonsebury: A Daily Dose
Garry Trudeau's political comic strip has played with the notion of the print cartoon since 1968.

Online Resources

Video: Animated Classic Cartoons
The New Yorker gets interactive.
Audio: New Yorker Cartoon Editor Robert Mankoff on Fresh Air
Mankoff on National Public Radio
Audio: Reading The New Yorker and Seeing White
Modern Manhattan vs. the funny pages