Everybody knows that the New Yorker is just as famous for its legendary—and often legendarily inscrutable—cartoons as it is for its journalism. On Sunday, "60 Minutes" looked at the process that goes into selecting the drawings for each issue. Let's just say you'd better have a thick skin if you want to submit a cartoon to the New Yorker.
The show filmed cartoon editor Bob Mankoff welcoming artist after artist into his lair and, one by one, bluntly rejecting their work in front of them.
"We're not that impressed," he tells one person.
Morley Safer talked to some cartoonists, who told him you just have to get used to the constant, never-ending churn of rejection. One artist, David Sipress, had his drawings rejected for 25 years before he was successful.
"We all probably do probably 700 or 800 cartoons a year," he said. "We're lucky if we sell 30 cartoons a year."