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The book that Janet Maslin of The New York Times
has called "indispensable" and "a transfixing study of American mores
and manners that happens to incorporate boundless laughs, too" is
finally available in paperback—fully updated and featuring a brand
new introduction by Adam Gopnik.
Organized by decade, with
commentary by some of the magazine's finest writers, this landmark
collection showcases the work of the hundreds of talented artists who
have contributed cartoons over the course ofThe New Yorker's
eight-two-year history. From the early cartoons of Peter Arno, George
Price and Charles Addams to the cutting-edge work of Alex Gregory,
Matthew Diffee and Bruce Eric Kaplan (with stops along the way for the
genius of Charles Barsotti, Roz Chast, Jack Ziegler, George Booth, and
many others), the art collected here forms, as David Remnick puts it in
his Foreword, "the longest-running popular comic genre in American
life."
Throughout the book, brief overviews of each era's
predominant themes—from the Depression and nudity to technology
and the Internet, highlight various genres of cartoons and shed light on
our pastimes and preoccupations. Brief profiles and mini-portfolios
spotlight the work of key cartoonists, including Arno, Chast, Ziegler,
and others.
The DVD-ROM included with the book is what really
makes the "Complete Cartoons" complete. Compatible with most home
computers and easily browsable, the disk contains a mind-boggling 70,363
cartoons, indexed in a variety of ways. Perhaps you'd like to find all
the cartoons by your favorite artist. Or maybe you'd like to look up the
cartoons that ran the week you were born, or all of the cartoons on a
particular subject. Of course, you can always begin at the beginning,
February 21, 1925, and experience the unprecedented pleasure of reading
through every single cartoon ever published in The New
Yorker
.
Enjoy this one-of-a-kind protrait of American life
over the past eight decades, as captured by the talented pens and
singular outlooks of the masters of the cartoonist's art.

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Jan 30, 2019

This book has sat on our coffee table for the better part of two (maybe even three) years, with every member of our family leafing through the pages at various times – smiling, chuckling, even guffawing at nearly every turn. Now I can say I finally read the whole thing: every cartoon, every mini-history organized by decade and topic. Not only is it a witty collection, it's also an unexpectedly wise one, packed with insight into major historical trends of the 20th century and the opening years of This book has sat on our coffee table for the better part of two (maybe even three) years, with every member of our family leafing through the pages at various times – smiling, chuckling, even guffawing at nearly every turn. Now I can say I finally read the whole thing: every cartoon, every mini-history organized by decade and topic. Not only is it a witty collection, it's also an unexpectedly wise one, packed with insight into major historical trends of the 20th century and the opening years of the 21st. It's a book that rewards any kind of experience – whether you're a browser like my wife and kids or a completist like me. ...more
5

Jul 01, 2011

How can you not love this book? Every single wonderful cartoon that ever graced the New Yorker at the time the book was published. I mean we are talking James Thurber, Charles Adams, Gahan Wilson, Saul Steinberg, George Booth and so many more. The book itself carries a nice "best of" selection, but it is also accompanied by two CDs covering all of the cartoons. This is a capsule history of pop culture and American humor. There are very few "must-own" books. This is one of them.
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Mar 05, 2018

The main problem with this book is that it is NOT "the complete cartoons". They admit in the introduction that there were over 70,000 cartoons total. The book shows just about 2,000 cartoons. Major difference there.

They couldn't even accurately title it "the best of..." since many of these are clearly not first rate. I don't know how they decided which ones were selected but I've only tabbed about 50 out of 2000 as worth copying... Somewhat disappointed in this book...
5

Nov 09, 2017

A wonderful anthology! Put it on your coffee table and look at it now and then, especially when you need a laugh!
5

Feb 02, 2013

This collection is so good, funny, anthropologically revealing and essential, it lives on the shelf next to my dictionary.
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Mar 30, 2009

It's fascinating to see The New Yorker's thousands of cartoons laid out by decade. I don't know if I'm seeing how America's humor has evolved or how the humor of the editors of The New Yorker has evolved, but either way, it's interesting.

The best decades, in my opinion, are the 1940s-70s, when the humor was broader, less esoteric (lesoteric?), and not typically made up of pithy commentary on wine or boardroom politicking. Still, there are wonderful cartoons coming out of every era of The New It's fascinating to see The New Yorker's thousands of cartoons laid out by decade. I don't know if I'm seeing how America's humor has evolved or how the humor of the editors of The New Yorker has evolved, but either way, it's interesting.

The best decades, in my opinion, are the 1940s-70s, when the humor was broader, less esoteric (lesoteric?), and not typically made up of pithy commentary on wine or boardroom politicking. Still, there are wonderful cartoons coming out of every era of The New Yorker's being. ...more
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Dec 29, 2009

The comics are the usual NYer fare. Some are funny, some are stupid, but overall it's fun to look through. I could have done without the commentary for the most part, which at times was disgustingly pretentious, but there's not that much of it.
4

Jul 31, 2010

Remember those New Yorker magazines you would only look through as a kid, in a doctors waiting room...and since you were a kid, the only thing you looked at were the cartoons? You didn't get all of the cartoons, but you looked at em anyway. Now that you're older and can understand them, here they all are in one big book. Lot's of American cultural history as you move through time.
4

Jul 09, 2007

Ok, I'll admit it. I don't really read The New Yorker, but I sure as hell love the cartoons. If you're like me, which you probably are but are too shamed to admit it, then this book is great. It's all of the cartoons EVER with none of the useless articles you only pretend to read. (Don't tell my boss I said this.)
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Dec 07, 2008

the art of these comics are really quite stunning at times, but i have to say....the comics in general just aren't really funny. maybe it's because i'm not smart enough to get the joke, or maybe it's because i wasn't around in the 30s (i'm reading them in order).

having now read them all, i have to say that i found more funny than not.....
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Jul 18, 2012

So, yes, I *did* read a giant book of New Yorker cartoons cover-to-cover in a few days. Definitely the heaviest bathroom book I've ever submitted my knees to, but worth it. How can you go wrong with a ton of NYer cartoons? I'd give it a 5-star rating but goodreads's little subtext pops up, "it was amazing," which is a little weird. Calm down, goodreads. I liked it a lot, but maybe not "amazing" a lot.
5

Jun 23, 2013

- this massive book, along with two CD ROMs, contain ALL 68,647 cartoons that were ever published in the New Yorker Magazine
- ...while the book component is primarily cartoons, there are essays on each of the eight decades that the magazine has been published; as well as numerous articles on the more famous cartoonists (Jack Ziegler being my personal favourite)
- I consider this book one irrefutable argument that life is worth living
5

Oct 07, 2013

Oh my gosh, I am so glad I read this. It makes me love the New Yorker even more, the NPR of magazines. I laughed out loud at a lot of these. I didn't read the essays except the one about Thurber, which was interesting. I'll go back and read them at some point. I can't wait to dig into the CDs with ALL the cartoons! I wonder if they'll publish additional complete collections every few years. I hope so. I love these cartoons so very much.
5

Aug 06, 2007

The complete New Yorker on CD is a must-have for virtually endless hours of browsing and the finest reading, but you don't want to have to fire up your computer when you need to immerse yourself in that exquisite cultural gem, the New Yorker cartoon. Is every single one a hilarious, insightful winner? Of course not. But a vast majority are, and they're all here, with CD supplements available to keep the collection updated. Literally keep it on the coffee table for ready browsing.
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Dec 12, 2007

The book comes with 2 (or 4?) cd-roms, and on those can be found EVERY cartoon ever published in the New Yorker. The book, while massive, contains only a fraction of the total. What the book does well is show how topics were addressed over the years, as well as how the topics themselves have evolved. Another nice touch is having a selection of cartoons from each decade, as well as brief biographies of some of their more famous cartoonists.
5

May 05, 2014

A truly fantastic collection of some of the funniest and best-drawn cartoons known to man. All the classics are here: Thurber's seal, the gently macabre creations of Charles Addams, Barsotti's puppies and many more. There's something here to suit all tastes, from the sophisticated to the surreal, from social observation to existential horror ('I usually wake up screaming at six-thirty and I'm in my office by nine'...). I'm going to move on to the Punch collection now and it will be interesting A truly fantastic collection of some of the funniest and best-drawn cartoons known to man. All the classics are here: Thurber's seal, the gently macabre creations of Charles Addams, Barsotti's puppies and many more. There's something here to suit all tastes, from the sophisticated to the surreal, from social observation to existential horror ('I usually wake up screaming at six-thirty and I'm in my office by nine'...). I'm going to move on to the Punch collection now and it will be interesting to see how it compares. C ...more
5

Dec 15, 2009

Fantastic book! very comprehensive... the only problem is that the cartoons on the cds that accompany the book are mediocre resolution. Small quibble, not a big deal, b/c the book is excellent quality and a very reasonable price.

Of course not all the drawings are great, perfect, funny, but what's cool is that even the one's that fall flat are interesting because they serve as a window into the illustration and time period that they come from.

That said, there are quite a few illustrations in Fantastic book! very comprehensive... the only problem is that the cartoons on the cds that accompany the book are mediocre resolution. Small quibble, not a big deal, b/c the book is excellent quality and a very reasonable price.

Of course not all the drawings are great, perfect, funny, but what's cool is that even the one's that fall flat are interesting because they serve as a window into the illustration and time period that they come from.

That said, there are quite a few illustrations in this book that stand the test of time. ...more
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Feb 19, 2012

What's not to like? More than 2,000 cartoons over eight decades provide a certain kind of "illustrated history" of the U.S., and more than a few delighted chuckles. Includes scattered narratives about the eras, cartoonists and cartoon themes. Only after I finished did I notice that one of the cartoonists whose works I enjoyed most, Robert Mankoff, is also this book's editor.
Only downside: This tome of a coffee table book can produce lower back pain if you're not careful.
Here's one of many What's not to like? More than 2,000 cartoons over eight decades provide a certain kind of "illustrated history" of the U.S., and more than a few delighted chuckles. Includes scattered narratives about the eras, cartoonists and cartoon themes. Only after I finished did I notice that one of the cartoonists whose works I enjoyed most, Robert Mankoff, is also this book's editor.
Only downside: This tome of a coffee table book can produce lower back pain if you're not careful.
Here's one of many favorites: Two detectives walk into a coroner's office, where the coroner is standing next to a gurney on which rests a body. All four characters in the cartoon are cats. The caption: "Curiosity."
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Feb 03, 2009

This is an ENORMOUS (650 pages, about 15 pounds) book of New Yorker cartoons from the last 80 years. I don't really subscribe to or read the New Yorker, but I have enjoyed the cartoons in the handful of issues I've seen. I have to admit that I only "get" about 70% of the cartoons--some of them are just too off-the-wall or inside-New-York for me. It was really interesting to see the changes in artistic styles, humor, slang/language, attire of the characters, etc. between the 1920s and the 2000s. This is an ENORMOUS (650 pages, about 15 pounds) book of New Yorker cartoons from the last 80 years. I don't really subscribe to or read the New Yorker, but I have enjoyed the cartoons in the handful of issues I've seen. I have to admit that I only "get" about 70% of the cartoons--some of them are just too off-the-wall or inside-New-York for me. It was really interesting to see the changes in artistic styles, humor, slang/language, attire of the characters, etc. between the 1920s and the 2000s. Even though every cartoon was a single-panel black and white drawing, there was a huge range of approaches to this seemingly simple format among the dozens of artists. The essays by contributing artists and authors were generally unenlightening--I just don't care about the history of a particular cartoonist's attempts to get published in the New Yorker. But overall I would recommend this as an occasionally fascinating window into how New Yorkers see the world and themselves. ...more
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Dec 07, 2009

Known for its enlightening articles and as one of the few homes left for the American short story, The New Yorker is also well known for its abundance of topical and often edgy cartoons - many of which are absolute classics, from James Thurber's depictions of domestic life to Charles Addams' sense of the macabre. This comprehensive coffee book features cartoons from the magazine's debut in 1925 through 2004 - from the flapper era to the new age of living in cyberspace. The title refers to "the Known for its enlightening articles and as one of the few homes left for the American short story, The New Yorker is also well known for its abundance of topical and often edgy cartoons - many of which are absolute classics, from James Thurber's depictions of domestic life to Charles Addams' sense of the macabre. This comprehensive coffee book features cartoons from the magazine's debut in 1925 through 2004 - from the flapper era to the new age of living in cyberspace. The title refers to "the complete cartoons of the New Yorker." Yet, even at more than 650 pages, this volume obviously does not include every cartoon published during those seven decades. Yet, to make good on its editors' promise, the book includes two CDs that supposedly do feature all the cartoons from the years - those that made the book and those that did not. Going through this book is like meandering through a museum. If you want to appreciate every exhibit, you could be there for days. But what a fun place in which to lose yourself!
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Dec 23, 2018

Usually funny. Some are a bit outdated, but it is a collection.
5

Oct 26, 2017

Really quite excellent. There were only a few, mostly pre-1960, that I didn't really "get." Also surprisingly fresh and topical, no matter which decade the reader is in.
5

Dec 16, 2018

Who couldn't love a ginormous book of New Yorker cartoons? Included is a fascinating look at the origins of the New Yorker cartoons and bios sketches of some of the cartoonists.
5

Mar 27, 2019

I mean, what's not to like? A huge, excellent selection of cartoons, nicely arranged, printed large enough, with interesting little essays about artists and frequent topics. Only thing I'd like is a subject index, but that's included on the CD!
You can find it super cheap used on Amazon. Great coffee table book!
3

Jul 12, 2017

An excellent reflection of the times. As an anthology it is perfect. In terms of the actual cartoons though? One in every 20 pages causes laughter. One in every 45 caused me to think about something from a new perspective. Most of them live up to Elaine's joke in Seinfeld, they don't make any sense. A lot of pretension.
But hidden within are some truly genius comics. It is worth flipping through over the course of a year or two as a bathroom reader.

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