That’s the nature of any creative activity — you’re mostly going to be rejected.
The New Yorker’s Bob Mankoff at a recent TED salon. When Mankoff quit psychology school to become a cartoonist, he submitted 2,000 cartoons to the New Yorker that year. Of them, 2,000 were rejected. In 1997, he became the magazine’s cartoon editor.
This is how humor works: It’s a conflict of synergies — we mashup these things that don’t belong together that temporarily exist in out minds.
A TED salon curated by Helen Walters, titled “Design Is Everywhere,” New Yorker cartoons editor Bob Mankoff illustrates his theory of humor with his most famous cartoon, which juxtaposes the syntax of politeness with the content of rudeness.
He also notes that the magazine calls cartoons “idea drawings” because an idea drawing “it requires thinking on behalf of cartoonish and thinking on behalf of reader to make it work.”
23 celebrated cartoonists, including Art Spiegelman and Roz Chast, unite to demand action against gun violence.
A a time when 33 people are murdered with guns every day in America and homicide rates in the United States exceed those of other high-income nations by 690%, it’s tragic how little progress we’ve made since 1944.
A lot of people have an idea of [the Superman] character as boring, as the ultimate boy scout, as goody-goody, as not relatable, as too powerful. So when I took a look at this character the course of the 75 years, you see that everything about this character changes except for one thing, and that’s his motivation. His motivation is at once the simplest of all motivations. He’s a hero, which means, A, he puts the needs of others over those of himself and, B, he never gives up. Simple but it’s the hardest to unpack because it’s an unquestioned kind of heroism that has driven him for years and years.