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Last Laughs: Cartoons About Aging, Retirement...and the Great Beyond

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At long last, here are cartoons about the truly important issues. Featuring twenty-six of The New Yorker's most talented cartoonists, Last Laughs is a provocative and exhilarating collection that will amuse, inspire, and occasionally unnerve everyone obsessed with the perennially compelling topics of old age, retirement, and, yes, death.

Longtime New Yorker cartoonist Mor
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ebook, 224 pages
Published June 30th 2008 by Scribner (first published October 30th 2007)
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Brenna
Oct 11, 2009 Brenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though not especially mood-lightening, Death has has a long history of black humour associated with it. Parodies of the black-cowled figure remain in abundance, as do the steps leading up to His Eminent Arrival (Just take a look at the garish joke books and tacky birthday cards aimed at the 40+ and 50+ crowds). So upon the release of Last Laughs, a compilation of mostly-unpublished cartoons poking fun at retirement, illness, death, and the afterlife edited by The New Yorker's Mort Gerberg, there ...more
Sharlene
May 19, 2014 Sharlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I picked this up from a library display, and I enjoyed the comics immensely. Sometimes the comic bios at the end were even funnier. A great collection that I know my own father would have found a good giggle out of. I find that a few of the comics still roll around in my head and make me snicker. I find myself wanting to share the joke, but you really just need to read them. My 11- and 13-year-old children (most of the comics were appropriate) also read this book, but they sometimes needed expla ...more
Krishna Kumar
A book of cartoons on aging, retirement and death by different artists. Reasonable good set, considering the sombre subject. The compiler of the cartoons also added several pages of Q&A from the cartoonists, some of which were interesting, but perhaps could have been avoided to have more cartoons instead. Anyway, it is a quick fun read. So no harm done.
Shannon
Feb 04, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cartoons were great but I especially enjoyed the self-written biographies at the end of the book. The contributors were asked to answer 8 questions, one of which was "What words of wisdom do you have?" Funny people can be very wise.
Carrie F.
Mar 30, 2012 Carrie F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'd hope to read this once a year--great cartoons.
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collection of strips from New Yorker artists highlighting aging, retirement and death
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