Inked: Cartoons, Confessions, Rejected Ideas, And Secret Sketches From The New Yorker’s Joe Dator

A lively, quick-witted look into the iconic illustrations and deadpan sense of humor of one of The New Yorker’s most beloved cartoonists, from inspiration to conception and all the trials in between.

“Joe Dator makes me laugh. Everybody loves to look behind the scenes and his new book shows the secrets, inspirations, heartaches, and triumphs of a life in cartoons. Christopher Guest and I have a collection of original cartoons, and we love our Joe Dator!” -Jamie Lee Curtis

From inspiration to conception and all the trials in-between.

Inked is a collection of cartoons from one of the New Yorker’s most beloved cartoonists.

Filled with more than 150 of Dator’s single-panel cartoons, this lively, quick-witted book betrays a deadpan sense of humor.

But Inked is more than a book of cartoons. Dator also dives into the creative process, offering bonus commentary on how ideas have come to fruition, how one idea has led to another, and the various attempts to get an idea right. Along the way, he shows how a spark of imagination has turned into a laugh-out-loud moment with only a single image and caption, and how other attempts have found themselves on the cutting-room floor.

Joe Dator is an award-winning veteran New Yorker cartoonist, as well as a contributor to MAD Magazine and Esquire. He has been featured in two documentaries about the cartoonists of The New Yorker, including one for HBO, and has been profiled in a video by The Atlantic. He lives in New York.