BOB MANKOFF: The Power of Cartoons: 7:30 PM, Friday, September 18, 2015, Hotchkiss School, Walker Auditorium

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What makes a cartoon funny? When is a cartoon dangerous? How do people react to cartoons? Bob Mankoff has been creating cartoons for more than 40 years. He has been the cartoon editor of The New Yorker since 1997. He now looks at over a thousand cartoons each week to select the 16 or so that will appear in the magazine. He personally has created over 900 cartoons that have appeared in The New Yorker.

Mankoff says The New Yorker never uses the word “cartoon.” They are called “idea drawings.” What is an “idea drawing?” Mankoff explains the cartoon must make you think. 

Mankoff has lectured at the University of Michigan. It must have been one of the school’s most popular classes.