New Yorker Cartoons Explained

It's a pig at a complaint department and he's saying "I wish I was taller."

Aug 27
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A cartoon by Edward Steed. For more cartoons from the magazine this week: http://nyr.kr/1pAm6nz

If a centipede breaks one leg, it doesn’t really need crutches. Thanks for nothing, Obamacare!

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A cartoon by Edward Steed. For more cartoons from the magazine this week: http://nyr.kr/1pAm6nz

If a centipede breaks one leg, it doesn’t really need crutches. Thanks for nothing, Obamacare!


Aug 4
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A cartoon by David Borchart. For more cartoons from this week’s issue, visit www.newyorker.com/humor.

"What if The Sixth Sense were a romantic comedy?”

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A cartoon by David Borchart. For more cartoons from this week’s issue, visit www.newyorker.com/humor.

"What if The Sixth Sense were a romantic comedy?”


Jul 7

Anonymous said: “We may not understand Millennials, but, as God is my witness, we'll take their money."

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It’s easy to paint members of the Millennial generation as an irritating bunch of lazy narcissists. Especially when you’re on LSD.


Jun 29
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A cartoon by Tom Cheney. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1paSXE0

This cartoon makes reference to the classic parable of the tortoise and the hare. In the story, the slow and steady tortoise beats the hare in a race by not being a showboating turd. Here, the hare challenges the tortoise to a rematch he is sure to win because the slow-and-steady approach won’t generate enough centripetal force to make this loop-de-loop. It’s kind of like if you beat some kid named Nathan in a game and then he insists on having a “being named Nathan” competition. It only makes him seem like an even bigger loser.

newyorker:

A cartoon by Tom Cheney. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1paSXE0

This cartoon makes reference to the classic parable of the tortoise and the hare. In the story, the slow and steady tortoise beats the hare in a race by not being a showboating turd. Here, the hare challenges the tortoise to a rematch he is sure to win because the slow-and-steady approach won’t generate enough centripetal force to make this loop-de-loop. It’s kind of like if you beat some kid named Nathan in a game and then he insists on having a “being named Nathan” competition. It only makes him seem like an even bigger loser.


Apr 5
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Today’s daily cartoon by Barbara Smaller: http://nyr.kr/1lqZHs1

"And of course there is also unconscious uncoupling: the coupling we don’t know we have uncoupled." —Donald Rumsfeld

newyorker:

Today’s daily cartoon by Barbara Smaller: http://nyr.kr/1lqZHs1

"And of course there is also unconscious uncoupling: the coupling we don’t know we have uncoupled." —Donald Rumsfeld


Anonymous said: The drawing was of an insect and the caption simply read "Mr. Perfect.

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This cartoon underscores the fact that the elusive “Mr. Perfect” doesn’t exist. Even if you find a great guy with two heads, a ripped thorax, and saws for arms, he’ll probably turn out to be super religious.


Mar 30
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A cartoon by Harry Bliss. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1dmeCy6

Rocks are inanimate objects, incapable of thoughts or feelings, much less second chances. As a result, we all understand that Roxy will not take Brock back. Similarly, the burglars who walked through this propped open front door will not be taking back all the stuff they stole from the homeowner who created this amusing tableau.

newyorker:

A cartoon by Harry Bliss. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1dmeCy6

Rocks are inanimate objects, incapable of thoughts or feelings, much less second chances. As a result, we all understand that Roxy will not take Brock back. Similarly, the burglars who walked through this propped open front door will not be taking back all the stuff they stole from the homeowner who created this amusing tableau.


Mar 15

waterincoporated said: It's a carotoon from William Hamilton: I think they'll be perfect together - he's a journlist and she's a complete composite: It's item number Item #: 8539458 in the condenast store. What does this mean? thanks - Pete

The overeager matchmaker in this cartoon is trying to set up her two friends at a dinner party. This cartoon is funny because we all know how this will end: murder.


Mar 7
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A cartoon by Edward Steed. For more cartoons from this week’s issue of the magazine: http://nyr.kr/1jMGlwC

In order to escape an uncomfortable first encounter with his girlfriend’s parents, the man on the right in this cartoon is planning to covertly dial his own home phone number in order to render the nice couple unconscious, due to the deafening noise of his massive telephone. They’ll resume consciousness several hours later with permanent hearing loss and partial brain damage. Awkward crisis averted.

newyorker:

A cartoon by Edward Steed. For more cartoons from this week’s issue of the magazine: http://nyr.kr/1jMGlwC

In order to escape an uncomfortable first encounter with his girlfriend’s parents, the man on the right in this cartoon is planning to covertly dial his own home phone number in order to render the nice couple unconscious, due to the deafening noise of his massive telephone. They’ll resume consciousness several hours later with permanent hearing loss and partial brain damage. Awkward crisis averted.


Mar 2
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A cartoon by Michael Crawford. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1ejl8oa

In this cartoon, a ballerina is posing for a portrait artist, but the artist is painting a picture of a swan. What a humorous mix-up! But it’s not a mix-up at all. Take another look at the ballerina. She’s not a ballerina at all, but the very swan the artist is (quite accurately) painting. I’ve also stolen your watch.

newyorker:

A cartoon by Michael Crawford. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1ejl8oa

In this cartoon, a ballerina is posing for a portrait artist, but the artist is painting a picture of a swan. What a humorous mix-up! But it’s not a mix-up at all. Take another look at the ballerina. She’s not a ballerina at all, but the very swan the artist is (quite accurately) painting. I’ve also stolen your watch.


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