Top 20 Robert Mankoff Quotes

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“Cartoonists create so many cartoons on any given topic that we can follow the life cycle of a comic idea and how it evolves over time more quickly than we can with a form like the novel.”

― Robert Mankoff

“I’m pretty adept with computers and Photoshop for my blog, and I found my style with a conversational voice and an image-ready column.”

― Robert Mankoff

“One of the first comic things you do is imitate.”

― Robert Mankoff

“I will pick a raft of cartoons. And then later, it’ll come time to run this cartoon. And I’ll look at it, and I won’t quite get it anymore. Because sometimes the grenade goes off in the moment, and then it doesn’t repeat down the line.”

― Robert Mankoff

“Professional humorists and cartoonists have to go through a stage in which they have to kill their own internal editor just so they can get stuff out. So whether they believe it or not, they need me on the other end to do that editing for them.”

― Robert Mankoff

“I think funny is just the foundation. I don’t really think, to some extent, funny is the absolute most important thing. It should also communicate some idea through the medium of cartooning. Just to be funny is… You know what, the things that you laugh hardest at aren’t cartoons.”

― Robert Mankoff

“There’s public humor, and there’s private humor, and they’re all appropriate in their own way, and you shouldn’t – just as you wouldn’t have a megaphone and say certain things that you would say around your friends – things that are perfectly all right within your close social group with whom you share a certain context.”

― Robert Mankoff

“I don’t think most people know what’s going to be in their obituary, but I do.”

― Robert Mankoff

“There are no cartoons about happy marriages.”

― Robert Mankoff

“Each cartoon needs the right amount of wrong.”

― Robert Mankoff

“People often ask me about my upbringing, and if there was anything particular about it that made me become a cartoonist.”

― Robert Mankoff

“Humor levels the playing field. I understood that early on – that was something I had.”

― Robert Mankoff

“I am a ‘made’ cartoonist, but I was born a comic.”

― Robert Mankoff

“The interesting thing about humor is that in humor, you – in logic, something is A or not A. In humor, it’s both A and not A.”

― Robert Mankoff

“The line between humor and bad taste is your audience, in which some people will find everything offensive, and some people will find nothing offensive, but the truth is that most humor originates in what would be called bad taste.”

― Robert Mankoff

“The most offensive thing that ever occurred in ‘The New Yorker’ would be, like, the mildest thing at a Chris Rock concert.”

― Robert Mankoff

“I was the founder of the ‘Cartoon Bank’ in the ’90s. I was interested in finding ways for cartoonists to supplement their incomes.”

― Robert Mankoff

“’The New Yorker’ didn’t invent the magazine cartoon, but it did really establish it.”

― Robert Mankoff

“One question about a joke is, how well is the strangeness of the situation resolved? At ‘The New Yorker’, we retain a lot of incongruity, tapping the playful part of the mind – Monty Python-type stuff. We also try to use humor as a vehicle for communicating ideas. Not editorial comment, but observation.”

― Robert Mankoff

“Cartoons are like fruit flies. Biologists use fruit flies because their large chromosomes and short life cycle make them ideal for studying hereditary changes.”

― Robert Mankoff
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