Matthew Diffee presents "How to Be An Idea Factory," a laugh filled multimedia journey into the creative process. He has been contributing cartoons to The New Yorker since 1999. His work has also appeared in Time, The Huffington Post, The Believer and Texas Monthly magazines. He is the editor of three volumes of The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw and Never Will See in The New Yorker, published by Simon & Schuster and his most recent book Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People was published by Scribner.
Matt has done illustration work for bands like the Punch Brothers and for a special collector’s edition of Stephen King’s novel Under the Dome. He received the 2013 Silver Reuben Award for “best single panel cartoonist of the year” from the National Cartoonists Society and is Chairman of the L.A. Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society. Matt has spoken at The Smithsonian Institute, The New Yorker Festival, TEDx and South By Southwest Interactive and has also appeared on college and comedy stages all over the country.He has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and on CNN, PBS, ABC, CBS and NPR’s Fresh Air, and All Things Considered.
A Texas native, Diffee now lives in Los Angeles via New York City.
Each week about fifty New Yorker cartoonists submit ten ideas, yielding five hundred cartoons for no more than twenty spots in the magazine. Arguably the most brilliant single-panel-gag cartoonists in the world create a bunch of cartoons every week that never see the light of day. These rejects were piling up in the dusty corners of studios all over the country, so editor Matthew Diffee tapped his fellow cartoonists to rescue these hilarious lost gems. From the artists' stacks of all-time favorite rejects, Diffee handpicked the standouts and created The Rejection Collection, a place where good ideas go when they die. Too risqué, silly, or weird for The New Yorker, the cartoons in this book offer something no other collection has: They have never been seen in print until now. The Rejection Collection will appeal to fans of The New Yorker...and to anyone with a slightly sick sense of humor.
From award-winning New Yorker cartoonist Matthew Diffee—editor of The Rejection Collection and the “de facto leader of a young generation of cartoonists”(The Wall Street Journal)—a hilarious mix of cartoons, visual riffs, and illustrated one liners that will appeal to anyone who is beautiful and intelligent. For almost fifteen years, Matthew Diffee’s uniquely funny single-panel cartoons have gussied up the pages of The New Yorker, winning him countless fans, big shot friends, and a pile of hilarious material he’s never used. This collection contains Diffee’s funniest drawings and writings from the past decade as well as all-new cartoons and sketches. Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People will leave you laughing your smart attractive ass off.
It’s the best of the worst: 293 of the funniest cartoons rejected by The New Yorker but luckily for us, now in paperback and available to enjoy. The Rejection Collection brings together some of The New Yorker’s rightest talents and reveals their other side -- their dark side, their juvenile side, their sick side, their naughty side, their outrageous side - and what a treat. Ventriloquist dummy cartoons, operating room cartoons, bring your daughter to work day cartoons (the stripper, the prison guard on death row). Lots of couples in bed, quite a few coffins, wise-cracking animals—an obsessive’s plumbing of the weird, the scary, the off-the-wall, and done so without restraint. Every week The New Yorker receives 500 cartoon submissions, and rejects a great majority—mostly, of course, for not being funny enough. There’s no question why these were rejected, and it’s not for lack of laughs.
Each week The New Yorker receives the protection of more than five hundred submissions from its regular cartoonists. who are all vying for one of the twenty coveted spots in the magazine. So what happens to the 75 percent of cartoons that don't make the cut, some go back in a drawer, others go up on the refrigerator or into the filing cabinet ... but the very best of all the rejects can be found right here in these pages. The Rejection Collection Vol. 2: The Cream of the Crap is the ultimate scrap heap of creative misfires - from the low-low and the dirty to the politically incorrect and the weird. These hilarious cartoons are handpicked by editor Matthew Diffee. They represent the best of the worst ... in the best possible sense of the word.
At TEDxRedding with short version of his multimedia talk: "How to Be an Idea Factory"
Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People
“One of the great pleasures of being alive today is that we are able to witness the genius of Matt Diffee. What do I mean by that? Buy this book and see for yourself."
“Though I prefer mechanically made, computer generated cartoons, this collection of hand-drawn ones, produced by human thought, is outstanding. Matt is truly one of the funniest people in the rarified world of first-rate cartooning.”
“Matt Diffee’s book is so funny. How annoying is that?”
“Densely rich and hilarious, like the brownies crazy Aunt Lena used to make.”
“Matt Diffee has a finely tuned radar for irony, hypocrisy and abject lunacy in the everyday world. What that radar picks up, he then draws with stunning skill, and the result is cartoon gold."
“This damn book by Diffee issimultaneously clever, hilarious, charming, and inventive. How I hate him forit."
Dan Piraro, cartoonist of the syndicated comic strip "Bizarro"
“Hilarious, from beginning to end. Diffee is a one-liner laureate."
Yoni Brenner, "New Yorker" humorist
“Matt Diffee is smart and funny. Put yourself in his hands, he can help you."
Michael Kupperman, cartoonist and author
“This book confirms that Michael Jordan was the Matthew Diffee of basketball. See what I did there?"
Drew Dernavich "New Yorker" cartoonist
“Matt is a nice guy, but not so nice that you can’t loath him for his immense talent. I will alternately laugh and seethe."
Mo Willems, author of "Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" and the “Elephant and Piggie” series