Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Video: Finding Funny in a Screwed Up World: A Conversation with New Yorker Cartoonists Bob Eckstein, Edward Koren, Teresa Burns Parkhurst and Michael Shaw

Via the Norman Rockwell Museum:

Recorded: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. 

Could you use a good laugh? We thought so. Join us for a lively conversation about the role of humor in challenging times with four really funny New Yorker cartoonists. Bob Eckstein, Ed Koren, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, and Michael Shaw will share the Zoom screen live. They’ll tell us stories about working for The New Yorker and will show us some of their most memorable cartoons. You’ll have a chance to be part of the fun, too. Register for this Pay-What-You-Will event.

Bob Eckstein is a New York Times bestseller, award-winning illustrator and the world’s leading snowman expert (The Illustrated History of the Snowman). He teaches at NYU and has two new books coming out: The Elements of Stress and All’s Fair in Love & War by the World’s Greatest Cartoonists.

Edward Koren has been a contributor to the New Yorker for close to 6 decades, and his illustrations have appeared in a wide range of magazines and books. He has published several collections of work, and books for children as well. He lives in Vermont, and has been a long term member of his town’s fire department.

Teresa Burns Parkhurst is a cartoonist whose drawings appear in The New Yorker, MAD, and other publications, and on greeting cards. The artist notes: “I am very good at finding the funny and drawing it on paper. And coloring it in. And deadlines. And taking art direction without crying real hard.”

Michael Shaw’s curious cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker since 1999. They’ve also made appearances in The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, Prospect, and online at They’ve also been seen on cocktail napkins, assorted textbooks, ABC news, an episode of Sixty Minutes and MSNBC’s now moribund Ronan Farrow Daily when his “blank cartoon” with a caption to “enjoy it responsibly” was shared by thousands upon thousands of people following the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Shaw’s current day-job is as a Story-Telling Specialist and Wizard of Light Bulb Moments at The University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

Norman Rockwell Museum is sincerely grateful to these caring artists who have generously donated their time to support the Museum through this program. If you are able to contribute in any way, your gift is appreciated.

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