Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ten women examine the lunacy of modern love in 200 cartoons
Edited by Liza Donnelly
Grand Central Publishing (Hachette Livre) NZ$39.99 US22.99 Can.$25.99

This handsome hardcover book, due for release in NZ 1 July, is a bargain, especially if you enjoy clever cartooning as much as I do.

Donnelly, herself a noted cartoonist and author of Funny Ladies, a history of female cartoonists for The New Yorker, has gathered up nine other women cartoonists, most of whom are regular contributors to The New Yorker, and between them they have created 200 cartoons dealing with humorous aspects of sex, love and relationships. It is a terrific collection, many of them made me laugh out loud so it is probably a book best read when you are alone.
Author pic right by Craig Semetko.

The book is organized into various themes – sex, sensibility, women, and modern love and Donnelly has done a good job in organizing the cartoons within each theme. Each cartoonist provides an essay about herself and her work; these are spread through the book.
The book was launched in March at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Fransisco where an exhibition featuring a selection of cartoons from the book has just closed after three months. I wish I had been able to get to it. What a talented and perceptive bunch of cartoonists.

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