There is an old saying in show business that goes like this:
“Life is easy; it’s comedy that’s hard.”
That adage came to mind as I finished Bob Mankoff’s wonderful and warm memoir, How about Never–Is never good for you? My Life in Cartoons. That line also serves as the punch line to Mankoff’s most famous cartoons. Mankoff is the cartoon editor of The New Yorker as well as a long time contributor to the magazine as a working cartoonist. Now turning 70 Mankoff looks back at his career not only with wry wit but with the soul of successful cartoonist, one blessed with a sense of irony as well as a work ethic that shapes his approach to his craft as well as his management style.