James Sturm has a column in Slate Magazine today where he discusses the fine art of gag cartooning for The New Yorker. Sez James: "If making graphic novels felt like a staid long-term relationship, then doing gag comics is like playing the field."
"Every Tuesday is judgment day, the day Robert Mankoff, the magazine's cartoon editor, meets with cartoonists face to face. Another seven or eight cartoonists were squeezed into the small waiting room, which is dominated by a long coffee table stacked with hundreds of New Yorker magazines. A giant print of a Sam Gross cartoon hung on one wall; underneath was a couch. Sam Gross sat on the couch. The other cartoonists either tried to engage in awkward small talk or just kept silent. Sam, by far the oldest and most established cartoonist in the cramped space, held court. He said, "Dr. Seuss was not a good artist. He couldn't draw kids. They were just adults with big heads.""
Maybe the best part of the article is how he included a wide variety of the New Yorkeresque cartoons he did. The image above is James's and there are tons more here.