Rejection: New Yorker Festival T-shirt Ideas

New Yorker festival t-shirt ideaMy job as a cartoonist involves a lot of rejection. Every week, I draw six or so cartoons and if I am lucky, The New Yorker buys one. Here, I show you the results of another kind of rejection: sometimes my editor puts a call out to us (maybe 30 cartoonists, not sure of our numbers) for a “special” assignment. We can submit for the assignment or not, it’s our choice. This time, it was to draw ideas for a t-shirt for The New Yorker for its festival this fall in NYC.  Here are my two submissions. I did not get the prize.

A vast amount of my work never sees the light of day (so to speak), but that’s part of my job.

And yet-I love my job.

New Yorker Festival sketch idea


About Liza Donnelly

Cartoonist and writer and live drawer for The New Yorker, CBS News. Speaker for TED and others. Books: Women On Men,
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8 Responses to Rejection: New Yorker Festival T-shirt Ideas

  1. Dena says:

    You get my prize every day. I am so glad you let us see these! Keep ’em coming.

  2. Aw, thank you, Dena! I love you and I love my audience here.

  3. Scott Hoskins says:

    What was the New Yorker thinking? We should think about a Donnelly T-shirt line anyway…eh?

  4. If I was the NYer cartoon editor, you and Michael would be in the magazine every week! I’ve enjoyed Cartoon Marriage many many times!

    • Okay, Douglas, let’s get you signed up! Thank you very much for saying that. Both Michael and I are huge fans of your work as well. And I am not just saying that!!

  5. Bill Perkins says:

    I like both of them. You do good work, Liza.

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