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Retiring ‘The New Yorker’ Cartoon Editor on His Favorite Cartoons of Last 20 Years

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Bob Mankoff, the cartoon editor of ‘The New Yorker.’ Mankoff had his first cartoon published in ‘The New Yorker’ in 1977. (Getty Images)


After 20 years, Bob Mankoff is stepping down as the cartoon editor of The New Yorker. (It is also 40 years since they published his first cartoon.)

It won’t be retirement. The 72-year-old Mankoff will continue to create cartoons himself and even contribute to The New Yorker. Yet this life-change has inspired him to look back on his work, which has often had an impact far beyond the pages of the magazine. (For instance, his “How About Never” strip wound up on a thong.)

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To read the full fascinating discussion of his work in the New York Times, click here. Below, watch the trailer for Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists, which prominently features Mankoff.