FUNNY STUFF: HOW GREAT CARTOONISTS MAKE GREAT CARTOONS—Phil Witte & Rex Hesner in Conversation

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July 23, 2024 - 7:00pm

FUNNY STUFF: HOW GREAT CARTOONISTS MAKE GREAT CARTOONS—Phil Witte & Rex Hesner

Please join us on Tuesday, July 23, 2024 at 7:00 PM to meet Phil Witte and Rex Hesner, authors of FUNNY STUFF: HOW GREAT CARTOONISTS MAKE GREAT CARTOONS.

You can buy a copy of FUNNY STUFF: HOW GREAT CARTOONISTS MAKE GREAT CARTOONS at the event, or order a copy online at https://bit.ly/ggpFunnyStuff.

This event will be in person at Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Dr., Oakland, CA 94611.

Description


Funny Stuff is a tribute to a unique art form: the single-panel gag cartoon. It looks at why so many of us enjoy cartoons, and what makes for a great cartoon. Authors Phil Witte and Rex Hesner consider how cartoonists can present a complex or odd scenario that we immediately grasp, and what enables us to "get" the humor in a flash. Based on interviews with cartoonist legends--Roz Chast, Sam Gross, Harry Bliss, Joe Dator, Mick Stevens, and many others--Funny Stuff will show how cartoons reveal much about the psyches of their creators. For instance: Roz Chast, known for her neurotic cartoon characters, feared she might die taking a bath because the tub could crash through the floor.

The text is abundant with cartoons illustrating the observations of Witte and Hesner. They point to cartoonists who rely on common situations (the desert island, Garden of Eden, hell) and stock characters (the pirate, business executive, scientist), as well as cartoonists who subvert these conventions. They analyze types of humor: absurd, dark, ironic, satirical. They address how the wording of a caption can mean the difference between a cartoon succeeding and almost succeeding, and the extra degree of difficulty required of the caption-less cartoon. They discuss cartooning as an art form, and specifically how the artwork of the best cartoons supports the humor.

This book features a foreword written by Bob Mankoff, former cartoon editor at The New Yorker and a legend in the cartoon world.

About the Author


Phil Witte is a cartoonist and author. His cartoons have been published in dozens of publications in the U.S. and U.K., including The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Reader's Digest, Private Eye, and New Statesman. His joke book What You Don't Know About Turning 50 (Hachette/Running Press) and the sequel on turning 60 have sold more than 170,000 copies to date. His humor writ-ing has appeared in American Bystander, Slackjaw, and many other print and digital publications. He has also written articles for publications ranging from The Washington Post to The Bangkok Post. He was an artist-in-residence at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco and the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California. Phil is a member of the National Cartoonist Society, elected by his peers.Rex Hesner writes, with Phil, the Anatomy of a Cartoon blog on the CartoonStock site. Before that, he and Phil co-wrote the weekly Cartoon Companion blog, critiquing New Yorker cartoons. They developed a devoted following among cartoonists and cartoon enthusiasts.

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Montclair Presbyterian Church
5701 Thornhill Dr.
Oakland, CA 94611
United States