A new service - bobmankoff.cartoonstock.com is a collaboration between two established players in the cartoon world - Bob Mankoff and CartoonStock Ltd. The premise for the site is simple - with Bob supplying his vast collection of distinctive and hilarious cartoons, and CartoonStock providing a technical solution for Bob to sell his cartoons instantly as digital downloads directly from his website for the first time. If you'd like to know more, below is a brief "about" section for both Bob and CartoonStock.


Cartoon and Humor Editor for Esquire and former New Yorker Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff believes that "being funny is being awake," and has successfully kept us all wide-awake for forty years. A student of humor and creativity, Mankoff has devoted his life to discovering just what makes us laugh, and seeks every outlet to do so, from developing The New Yorker’s web presence to integrating it with algorithms and A.I.

Joining Esquire in April 2017, Mankoff is reviving the magazine’s legacy of satire and humor in a newly appointed role, editing humor pieces, providing story ideas, and even drafting cartoons himself. While fostering in a new generation of humorists and cartoonists, Mankoff brings his distinctive wit and flair to the most-honored monthly magazine in America.

Twenty years as cartoon editor for The New Yorker, Mankoff pored over literally thousands of submissions; analyzing, critiquing, and selecting each cartoon, he mentored cartoonists, new and old, towards the laughs readers expect. In 2005, he helped start the "New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest." With 5,000 reader submissions a week and over 2.5 million entries to date, Mankoff partnered with Microsoft and Google Deep Mind to develop algorithms to help cull the funniest captions.

Mankoff’s career started, unexpectedly, by quitting a Ph.D program in experimental psychology at The City University of New York in 1974. Shortly after, he began submitting cartoons to the New Yorker. Three years and over 2,000 cartoons later, he finally made the magazine and has since published over 950 cartoons. His story and day-to-day at the magazine were the focus of the 2015 HBO documentary Very Semi-Serious.

How About Never – Is Never Good For You?: My Life In Cartoons, Bob’s New York Times bestselling memoir, was published in 2014. The Washington Post said, "Mankoff's deep understanding of humor, both its power and its practice, is the live wire that crackles through his book."

Mankoff continues to submit cartoons to The New Yorker while curating its Cartoon Bank, the world’s most successful cartoon licensing platform that he founded in 1992. He is also continuing work on his forthcoming book "The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons." In addition to appearances on 60 Minutes and Charlie Rose, Bob was the host of New Yorker web series "The Cartoon Lounge."

Author of numerous books including The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity, Bob has taught classes at Swarthmore, Fordham, and led workshops on the creative process. Working with comedy writer Jamie Brew, he is currently developing Botnik Studios, a company that utilizes A.I. to enhance human creativity and humor.

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Based in the city of Bath in the west of England, CartoonStock was founded in early 1997 as a stock-house through which quality cartoonists could sell unpublished work, or work in which they had retained the copyright. We sell to large and small publishers, advertising, design and PR agencies and countless corporate purchasers and private individuals worldwide. As well as selling stock, we can also arrange the commissioning of artwork from almost all of our artists through our Hire an Artist service.

Our close knit team has a wealth of knowledge of the cartooning industry and we can provide assistance with almost all cartoon sourcing issues. CartoonStock was the first searchable cartoon archive on the web and the first to offer instant online licensing and downloading of printable images. We now provide more images online and a wider range of subject matter, artists and purchasing options than any other service.

You can read more about CartoonStock.

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