It’s a Tuesday, deadline day for sending in one’s batch of cartoons to The New Yorker’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen. In my four plus decades of sending in a weekly batch of cartoons it’s always the very last batch of the year that has a different feel to it. Throughout the year, I send off the weekly batch of drawings like one might shove off in a rowboat from a dock — with some anticipation. But the send-off for the last batch of the year has always had a split-second of wistfulness about it…oh boy, another year gone by.
Curiously, the wistfulness lasts only until I hit the “send” button on my batch-loaded email to Ms. Allen. The moment my laptop screen informs me “Message sent,” I’m eager to get started on the first batch of the new year. As tempting as it is to dwell momentarily on the past, right about now I’m more in a Bob Dylan “Don’t Look Back” mood. Bring on the blank sheets of paper!
Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon
The Godfather & regifting, by Avi Steinberg, who has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2012.