Eskimo N goes south

The New Yorker has been on an Eskimo N kick in its cartoons: in the 9/29 issue, a snow cone snowclone by Joe Dator (#2 here, “My people [the Eskimos] have more than five hundred different words for snow cone”), and now, in the 10/6 issue, a Matt Diffee cartoon in which Nanook of the South reports having over a hundred words for ‘grits’:

Eskimo N is the Ursnowclone, the example that lent the snow to the name of the phenomenon; discussion, with link, in my posting on Dator.

On Matt Diffee, from Wikipedia:

Matthew (“Matt”) Diffee is an American cartoonist whose works appear in the New Yorker magazine.
Diffee moved … to New York and began contributing to the New Yorker in 1999, after winning a cartoon contest the magazine and the Algonquin Hotel sponsored for an all-cartoon issue, in the process meeting Robert Mankoff, the cartoon editor, in person. Mankoff encouraged Diffee to contribute to the magazine. After three weeks of submission Mankoff chose one cartoon, which became Diffee’s first published work. For the next year Diffee submitted fifteen cartoons per week; the magazine published a total of four.The next year Diffee sold eight cartoons to the magazine, each at the standard rate of $675.
Diffee’s first book, The Rejection Collection, was a compilation of cartoons by various artists that had been rejected from the magazine along with questionnaires and portraits of each artist. [A William Haefeli reject from this book appeared on this blog on 2/15/12, in “How can I put this?”]

So Diffee became the Rejection Artist. Two books so far:

The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker (2006)

The Rejection Collection Vol. 2: The Cream of the Crap (2007)

Not all of his submissions to the New Yorker have been rejected, as you can see above; in fact, he’s had a great many accepted.

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