Look Day for Cartoonists at The New Yorker

The New Yorker

The New Yorker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuesday is “look day” at The New Yorker. That means cartoonists go in to the magazine on 42nd street, ride the elevator to the 20th floor and show their cartoons to the cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff. Mankoff may hold a few cartoons from each cartoonist to  take to a meeting with David Remnick later in the week. The two editors then decide our cartoon fate for the week.  Then, most of us go out to lunch at a great little restaurant in Times Square called Pergola.  This week was much the same except more cartoonists than usual showed up– I didn’t photograph as many as I wish I had. A documentary film is being made about our profession, and we just had to be there. They filmed us eating too. Doesn’t it sound like a fantastic film?

Me taking photos. This one was taken by Drew Dernavich


About Liza Donnelly

Cartoonist and writer and live drawer for The New Yorker, CBS News. Speaker for TED and others. Books: Women On Men, http://www.narrativemagazine.com/store/book/women-men
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5 Responses to Look Day for Cartoonists at The New Yorker

  1. Yeah, but most of us never go in anymore, two thirds of us were only there for the camera. We’re modern in our digital submission techniques, but very oldfashioned in our desire for our close-ups! 🙂
    When did you all finally go eat? I was starving by 2pm, and went down the block to Boi Noodles!

    • Me, too, Carolita — I mix it up by emailing pdf files of cartoons, and then I come into the office about once a month or so. This lunch was particularly fun because so many cartoonists were there, and it was fun to see people I don’t often get to see. And yes, many were not there! Miss them. Jack Ziegler, Roz Chast, MIck Stevens…I could go on. This tradition of lunching after submitting goes back to the early days of the magazine. And you know, I don’t know what time we actually ate, I wasn’t checking the time!

  2. Scott Hoskins says:

    And to think I was lucky enough to join you for lunch on occasion when the venue was Tin Pan Alley! When did the tradition switch to Pergola?

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