The Best of the Rejection Collection

The Best of the Rejection Collection

293 Cartoons That Were Too Dumb, Too Dark, or Too Naughty for the New Yorker

Book - 2011
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Workman Press.
It’s the best of the worst: 293 of the funniest cartoons rejected by The New Yorker but luckily for us, now in paperback and available to enjoy. The Rejection Collection brings together some of The New Yorker’s brightest talents—Roz Chast, Gahan Wilson, Sam Gross, Jack Zeigler, David Sipress, and more—and reveals their other side. Their dark side. Their juvenile side. Their sick side. Their naughty side. Their outrageous side.

And what a treat. Ventriloquist dummy cartoons. Operating room cartoons. Bring your daughter to work day cartoons (the stripper, the prison guard on death row). Lots of couples in bed, quite a few coffins, wise-cracking animals—an obsessive’s plumbing of the weird, the scary, the off-the-wall, and done so without restraint.

Every week The New Yorker receives 500 cartoon submissions, and rejects a great majority—mostly, of course, for not being funny enough. There’s no question why these were rejected, and it’s not for lack of laughs. One can almost hear Eustace Tilley sniffing, We are not amused.

Baker & Taylor
Presents a collection of cartoons that were rejected for publication in the "New Yorker" from such cartoonists as Roz Chast, Sam Gross, and David Sipress.

Book News
Diffee, a cartoonist who contributes to The New Yorker, collects 293 cartoons that were rejected from the magazine. He begins with ten possible reasons why cartoons get rejected, with examples, then profiles New Yorker cartoonists--including Robert Leighton, Jack Zeigler, Roz Chast, Leo Culum, and J.C. Duffy--with examples from their rejected oeuvre, and an interview with each and their ready and very game replies. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Workman Pub., c2011
ISBN: 9780761165781
Branch Call Number: 741.56 B464
Characteristics: xxviii, 323 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Diffee, Matthew


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multcolib_karene Apr 19, 2015

The cartoons are hilarious and as a bonus, all of the cartoonists have been asked a series of questions, and their answers are even more hilarious.''What would make a terrible pizza topping'' Roz Chast says, ''Stye ointment.''


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