Max: This cover may suggest that the magazine is seeking to broaden its readership.
Simon: More readers of the magazine mean more readers of the Cartoon Companion (I hope).
Max: A lovely winter scene of skaters adorns this week’s cover, Simon.
Simon: The shadows they cast are magical. Bravo!
Max: Roz Chast reminds us with this week’s cover why flights to New York are cheap in January.
Simon: The city in January is almost as unbearable as it is in August.
Max: On this week’s cover, the President seems to have dug himself into a hole.
Simon: And this is not a hole he found on one of his golf courses.
Max: The NFL and MLK adorn this week’s cover.
Simon: Another fine illustration by Mark Ulriksen.
The future of humor may just reside at Botnik.org. The collaborative brainchild of Bob Mankoff (former New Yorker Cartoon Editor) and Jamie Brew (Clickhole writer), the Botnik team has developed specialized keyboards that use predictive text and artificial intelligence algorithms to auto-generate offbeat material. The results are a startling mash-up of man and machine: a reworked “Seinfeld” episode, a wacky YouTube cooking video, and some rather strange advertisements. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg; Botnik has rallied an entire community of artists and writers to evolve its capabilities. For more details, check out this article in Wired magazine.
Inkspill – Michael Maslin’s continuing ode to the cartoonists of The New Yorker, from one whose hilarious cartoons regularly grace those glossy pages.