On the One Hand / On the Other Hand

Intended for mature audiences

The wit and wisdom of R.O. Blechman, cartoonist, commentator and iconoclast. Many readers will be familiar with Blechman's covers for The New Yorker magazine, more will be familiar with the countless books for children and adults he's illustrated (or written and illustrated) since 1953, and many more will be familiar with his animated Christmas short for CBS, his commercials for Alka-Seltzer, and for his Emmy Award-winning animated presentation, The Soldier's Tale (PBS). On The One Hand/On The Other Hand collects the best of Blechman's writing and drawing from across the breadth of nearly his 70-year career as cartoonist, commentator, and iconoclast. It includes a portfolio of 17 of Blechman's graphically sublime covers for the fabled Story magazine, as well as essays that offer trenchant insights - both playful and profound - on the state of our culture today. These include his personal perspective on film, theatre ("Well, let's be fair to Franz Kafka. Can you blame a cockroach?"), literature, history, politics, social change, and his fellow cartoonists and illustrators. Blechman shares his hard-earned insights and personal anecdotes on persisting your way to success ("Second Acts"), on growing older but not surrendering youth ("I'm Not Finished"), and on the constraints that every artist from caveman days to the present must overcome. ("Against those odds, confidence is hard to come by.")

R.O. BLECHMAN (b. 1930) is an award-winning illustrator, animator, graphic designer, and art director best known for his many books and his witty and incisive covers for The New Yorker. He is the founder of The Ink Tank, an animation studio he operated for 27 years. He has received an Emmy Award for animation, was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame and the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, and was given the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cartoonists Society.

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