August 20: better, definitely better

BETTER, DEFINITELY BETTER

The collapse of The New Yorker as cartoon mecca is a sad tale. There have been bright spots–Roz Chast, for example–but in general, year after year the work has gotten weaker and weaker, smaller and smaller. Lately, however, there are hopeful glimmers. Stronger artists, braver, more original stuff. An unhappy proportion of New Yorker cartoons are still exceedingly feeble, but these  examples, lifted from The New Yorker issues of July 11 and 25, are definitely in the right direction.

Seth Fleishman

Seth Fleishman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Crawford

Michael Crawford

 

 

 

 

 

Danny Shanahan

Danny Shanahan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seth Fleishman

Seth Fleishman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Steed

Edward Steed