Whether they leave readers amused, inspired or baffled, the iconic single-panel cartoons in The New Yorker magazine have been a cultural touchstone over the past 90 years. They power not on a laugh out loud, but on a brain-tickling smile.
The film follows cartoon editor Bob Mankoff as he sifts through submissions and pitches to bring readers a carefully curated selection of insightful and humorous work.
Among the cartoonists featured:
- George Booth, now 89, sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker in 1969.
- Roz Chast. To date, more than 1,230 of her cartoons have been published.
- Liana Finck, a young aspiring cartoonist.
- Emily Flake, has been submitting cartoons about “the darker side of motherhood.”
- Mort Gerberg, who has had over 200 cartoons published in The New Yorker.
- Ed Steed has already sold close to 50 cartoons to the magazine, even though he encountered The New Yorker for the first time just two years ago
Very Semi-Serious | HBO | Dec 7, 9 pm first broadcast