Monday, July 20, 2015
Book review: How About Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons by Bob Mankoff
So it was fascinating to find out what happens behind the scenes. How different editors over the years have affected the style and type of cartoons featured. How the cartoon marketplace has changed how the cartoon editor mentors young cartoonists. How no one understands how the cartoonists are paid. And Mankoff goes back also to his own childhood to tell of how he got started in cartooning.
This isn't a traditional memoir--you don't find out about his first two marriage except in a throwaway line regarding his third marriage. There isn't a lot of insight or deep thinking about his past. It's fairly strictly about cartooning, all the way. We might not even have heard about the third marriage except that wife helped to found and run The Cartoon Bank, Mankoff's brain-child website devoted to selling cartoonists' other (read: rejected) works so they can more easily make a living (since acquired by The New Yorker and Conde Nast and now also featuring New Yorker cartoons and their other magazines.)
I loved how he used cartoons throughout to illustrate points and to explain who different people in the business are and to show the evolution of The New Yorker cartoons (and this is particular to The New Yorker cartoons, not cartooning in general.) Suffice it to say that if you are a fan of these, you'll love the book, which is an easy read.
I checked this book out of the library.