- Title: How About Never – Is Never Good For You? My Life in Cartoons
- Author: Bob Mankoff
- Genre: Memoir
- Published: March 2014 – Henry Holt and Co.
- Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
- Source: Publisher
My take: If you read The New Yorker then you’re familiar with the cartoons in each issue. They are subtle reflections of daily life that are mostly relatable to the majority of readers (I would guess). I’m a fan.
Bob Mankoff is the “longtime cartoon editor” of The New Yorker. How About Never is his story of turning a love of drawing into becoming a contributor to the magazine and finally its cartoon editor. Sprinkled with anecdotes and more than 250 cartoons, How About Never is an enjoyable memoir that also includes tips on how to get your cartoon accepted for the magazine and how to win the cartoon caption contest – neither are easy to do.
Mankoff has a playful, self-deprecating style that had me chuckling as I turned the pages. If you enjoy cartoons (especially those in The New Yorker) and amusing stories about the cartoon biz you’ll want to read this memoir.
Recommended. It’s on my gift list this year. My thanks to the publisher for sending a review copy.