Thursday, March 28, 2013

New Yorker cartoons: beyond the pale?

In honor of the finale of our latest caption contest, I'm sharing some images from The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker. Summing up thematically, many of the entries seemed to have been spurned because they were about sex, were politically or religiously sensitive, or were just plain gross (I'll spare you the wurst). There's a photo of each cartoonist in the book, and a profile of sorts is created by how willingly or anarchically they fill out a questionnaire designed to get them to open up about themselves (thankfully, some draw cartoons on the questionnaire).
As Matthew Diffee writes in the Introduction about how a cartoon is born,
It's a little like driving around the countryside looking for something to photograph.... Along the way you probably take a few uninspired shots of double-wides and clotheslines and maybe some appliances on porches, but nothing you really like. Nothing that works. And then, just as the afternoon sun turns its most mawkish hue, you round a bend and see a black-and-white cow chewing on an old red tennis shoe. You snap the picture. And it's perfect. You've found just what you wanted, but it isn't something you ever could have planned on finding and isn't something you're ever likely to find again.
We'll start off with Gahan Wilson (could one of the aliens have been wearing "Earth Shoes"?)
Which one's your favorite?

10 comments:

  1. "Oh honey I'm homo!" has to be my favorite, coming in a close 2nd would have to be "Your husband got the last one. This one's on mine." it sorta reminds me of some of the girls on my favorite guilty pleasure show The Real Housewives Of...

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  2. I love that one too because it reminds me of those '50s shows like "Leave it to Beaver" and "Father Knows Best"

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  3. Pineapple.. go to hell.

    Funny because how could God of all beings be so wrathful for something so insignificant. And I like the bluntness.

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    1. I like it because to me pineapple is a desecration of pizza!

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    2. JP, I'm going to have to disagree on this one. Pineapple is the best part of the pizza! I mean, to most people, my cheese-less pizza is in fact just saucy bread, but with pineapple - it's delicious saucy bread. :)

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    3. Hmmm, maybe we can share such a pie in the future & I will be converted!

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  4. The editors must've been getting letters like this:


    "We of the planet Xenon take great offense to the comic depicting us wearing ugly shoes. Our planet produces footwear that is so attractive, it is the envy of the First Quadrant and has been featured in "Tres, Tres Haute Couture" magazine.
    Moreover, the prices of your shoes are much too high. Our Fearless Leader does not allocate enough funds for us to go shopping in your malls, (which is why, come Ventose, he will become Our Ex-Fearless Leader, and we will eat him).
    Please tell the ISS we will no longer be picking up our copies of The New Yorker, in protest of your insensitivity.
    However, we will continue to purchase our copies of People and The TV Guide."
    Yours truly,
    RX-725c

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    1. LOL! ... or do you have such acronyms in your galaxy?

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  5. I would have to say my favorite is definitely the "To return to the main menu..." cartoon. I can see why it wouldn't make it to press, but it sure is funny.

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  6. Destroying planet Eath wouldn't be so bad. Just as long as they don't destroy good ol' planet Earth...

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