During Friday night's raucous Rejection Collection stage show at the Wisconsin Book Festival, frequent New Yorker cartoonists P.S. Mueller and P. Byrnes share some slides of cartoons they've had rejected by the magazine. A short video clip follows below.
The Rejection Collection cartoon stage show brought the Wisconsin Book Festival's Friday schedule to a raucous conclusion. The book's editor, Matthew Diffee, brought together a handful of cartoonists for a slide show of cartoons that had been rejected by The New Yorker but included in the book, which is subtitled "Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker." In this clip, P.S. Mueller and P. Byrnes explain the stories behind some of their contributions to the book -- to the audible delight of a packed Orpheum Stage Door. The hilarity continued with a screening of Being Bob, a mockumentary about New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff; and with several attempts at collaborative improvisational cartooning that provoked the audience to yet more choruses of laughter.