Bob Mankoff: Is Never Good For You?

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The New Yorker’s most reprinted cartoon depicts a businessman in a large executive office overlooking the Manhattan skyline. He’s simultaneously looking at a date book and talking on the telephone, trying to establish the most convenient meeting time with the person on the other end.  “No, Thursday’s out,” reads the caption. “How about never—is never good for you?” Its creator, Bob Mankoff, is the cartoon editor of The New Yorker, and the title of his week-old memoir appropriates the punchline of that single-panel strip How About Never—Is Never Good For You? My Life in Cartoons.

Of the inspiration for that 1993 gem, Mankoff told NPR’s Terry Gross in a recent interview that it came from an actual conversation he had with a friend who couldn’t schedule a time to meet up with him. “It was a really snotty line,” he admitted. So it sort of makes sense that it found its way into the lauded New Yorker, Conde Nast’s urbane bible of urban snobbery, well known for its award-winning journalism.

Mankoff, who says he submitted more than 500 cartoons to the magazine before they published his first in 1977, is currently criss-crossing the country on a tour promoting the 300-page-plus Is Never Good For You? The book, he’s noted, traces his love for comics as a child to his time at the weekly magazine and features re-printings of many of his most beloved cartoons. // RANDY LOBASSO

7:30pm. $15. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
 

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