How about Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons

Bob Mankoff (Author)

Product Details

Picador USA
Publish Date
October 06, 2015
5.8 X 0.9 X 7.9 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Bob Mankoff is the cartoon editor for The New Yorker. Before he succeeded Lee Lorenz as editor, Mankoff was a cartoonist for the magazine for twenty years. He founded the online Cartoon Bank, which has every cartoon since the magazine's founding. He is the author of the book The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity.


"Lucid, illuminating, and encouraging." --The New York Times Book Review

"Fascinating, forthright, and funny . . . Mankoff also writes with first-hand knowledge about the topic of laughter itself. He dares to ask the question, 'What makes something funny?', and answers it with intelligence, originality, and, of course, humor." --Roz Chast, cartoonist for The New Yorker

"Mankoff's deep understanding of humor, both its power and its practice, is the live wire that crackles through his new book. . . . How About Never is more than a memoir . . . it's also an enormous window into the mystery and alchemy behind the creation and selection of New Yorker cartoons." --The Washington Post

"How About Never is not just a charming memoir but also a charming grab bag of cartoon history, cartoon theory (nothing too woolly), and shop talk." --The New York Times Book Review

"Is Bob Mankoff mad, a genius, or a mad genius? This book does not answer that question, but you'll love it." --Andy Borowitz

"This is a generous book, giving abundant credit to both the older generation of cartoonists whom the young Mr. Mankoff hero worshiped to the new blood he has brought to the magazine during his tenure." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"More than anyone, Bob Mankoff has kept the New Yorker tradition in cartooning alive, while managing to oversee its renewal. He's also a very funny guy, with either a stipple-pen in his hand or a computer keyboard beneath his fingers. And, if that's not enough, he's one of the few funny guys around who actually has something sensible to say about what makes funny funny and he does so here." --Adam Gopnik

"Evidence that The New Yorker's cartoons can still unerringly reflect the texture of our times." --The Wall Street Journal

"Hilarious . . . A unique look at how the best cartoons in the world are created." --Christopher Guest

"Fascinating . . . Mankoff offers a number of tips on the 'intelligent humor' that makes it into the New Yorker--and even how to better your odds in the weekly caption process . . . Those who aspire to a career drawing for the New Yorker will find this essential reading." --Kirkus

"How About Never serves up not only a mini-collection of great cartoons but also a look at the shift in styles through the editorships of legendary William Shawn, Tina Brown, and current editor David Remnick. Mankoff also provides a very funny and insightful look at how to win The New Yorker caption contest. . . A must read for devotees of the magazine." --Publishers Weekly