Magazine article The New Yorker

Daydreaming on Paper

Magazine article The New Yorker

Daydreaming on Paper

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Many cartoonists are content to pursue traditional comedy by traditional means, to walk the well-trodden, carefully landscaped paths of classic setups and classic punch lines. In this context, Jack Ziegler is an off-road vehicle. He is, of course, a master of all the familiar genres, but he's even more at home in stranger precincts, where he leaves aside observations of human foibles and tries only to connect with the inner workings of his own imagination.

During three decades as a cartoonist--Ziegler has been drawing for The New Yorker regularly since the early seventies--he has published gag cartoons, current-events cartoons, and character-driven cartoons. But his most memorable cartoons are singular, synapse-tweaking works that draw equally on the subconscious and the mundane to produce a kind of pocket Surrealism. "Most of those evolve out of doodles," Ziegler says. …

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