Visu­al Arts

Have I Got A Car­toon For You!: The Moment Mag­a­zine Book of Jew­ish Cartoons

  • From the Publisher
January 1, 2013

Car­toon and Humor Edi­tor for Esquire and for­mer New York­er Car­toon Edi­tor Bob Mankoff gath­ers his favorite Jew­ish car­toons and writes an intro­duc­tion in which he shows how his Jew­ish her­itage helped him to become a suc­cess­ful car­toon­ist, exam­ines the place of car­toons in the vibrant his­to­ry of Jew­ish humor, and plumbs Jew­ish thought wis­dom and shtick for humor­ous insights. Mankoff has writ­ten: I always think that it’s strange that the Jews, The Peo­ple of the Book, even­tu­al­ly became much bet­ter known as The Peo­ple of the Joke. Strange because laugh­ter in the Old Tes­ta­ment is not a good thing: When God laughs, you’re toast. If you say Stop me if you’ve heard this one ” he does for good…. Now am I wor­ried that these car­toons will bring His wrath down upon me down with a bolt from the blue. Not real­ly but every time there’s a thun­der­storm I hide in the cellar.”

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