Oblong Online Book Launch: Liza Donnelly, VERY FUNNY LADIES: The New Yorker's Women Cartoonists

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
ET via Zoom

Liza Donnelly offers a unique slant on 20th-century and early 21st-century America through the humorous perspectives of the talented women of The New Yorker. Donnelly will be joined by fellow "very funny ladies" Roz Chast, Kim Warp, and Kendra Allenby - all talented women cartoonists who have successfully captured in pictures and captions many of the key social issues of their time.

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Very Funny Ladies jacket. Liza Donnelly, Roz Chast, Kim Warp & Kendra Allenby

Left: Liza Donnelly / Right, Bottom to Top: Roz Chast, Kim Warp, Kendra Allenby

Liza Donnelly Liza Donnelly is an award-winning cartoonist and writer for The New Yorker, the New York Times, Washington Post, CBS News, The Nation, Ms. Magazine, and others. She is the creator of digital live-drawing visual journalism and has reported for major news outlets.  Author of 18 books for adults and children, Liza was a cultural envoy for the US State Department, and her TED talk was translated into 40 languages.

Roz Chast is a regular cartoonist for The New Yorker, and her cartoons have also been published in Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones. Her books include several compilations of her cartoons and her NYT bestselling and National Book Award Finalist memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? She also illustrated The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z, the bestselling children's book by Steve Martin. She lives in Connecticut.

Kim Warp has been contributing cartoons to The New Yorker since 1999. Her work has appeared in many publications and anthologies, including The Rejection Collection and The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons. She previously created an exhibition, “Tell Me Why This Is Funny,” to answer her mother’s most frequently asked question.

Kendra Allenby draws cartoons for the New Yorker and other magazines. She also teaches, gives talks, and draws cartoons for the Red Cross and other organizations to help them clarify and share their thoughts. Based in New York City, Kendra goes for long hikes and bike rides that sometimes last for months and draws what she finds there. She uses drawing to better understand being human. 

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Very Funny Ladies: The New Yorker's Women Cartoonists By Liza Donnelly Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633886865
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Prometheus Books - March 1st, 2022

Very Funny Ladies reveals never-before-published material from The New Yorker archives, including correspondence from Harold Ross, Katharine White, and many others. This book is history of the women of the past who drew cartoons and a celebration of the recent explosion of new talent from cartoonists who are women. Donnelly interviewed many of the living female cartoonists and some of their male counterparts: Roz Chast, Liana Finck, Amy Hwang, Victoria Roberts, Sam Gross, Lee Lorenz, Michael Maslin, Frank Modell, Bob Weber, as well as editors and writers such as David Remnick, Roger Angell, Lee Lorenz, Harriet Walden (legendary editor Harold Ross’s secretary). The New Yorker Senior Editor David Remnick and Cartoon Editor Emma Allen contributed an insightful foreword.

Combining a wealth of information with an engaging and charming narrative, plus more than seventy cartoons, along with photographs and self-portraits of the cartoonists, Very Funny Ladies beautifully portrays the art and contributions of the brilliant female cartoonists in America’s greatest magazine.