2009 New Yorker Cartoonist Final Standings

(And best cartoons of the year)

OK, folks, here it is: our critically autocratic and methodologically suspect rankings of the New Yorker's 2009 cartoonists.* We've trekked through the magazine's world of cocktail swillers, bickering spouses, and talking bowling pins in an effort to determine who was best this past year at the vaunted art of the captioned doodle.

RANK AMUSING
CARTOONS
UNAMUSING
CARTOONS
PERCENTAGE
AMUSING
1. Paul Noth 12 8 .600
2. John O’Brien 6 4 .600
3. Alex Gregory 5 5 .500
4. Drew Dernavich 7 8 .467
5. Danny Shanahan 10 12 .455
6. Kim Warp 5 6 .455
7. Robert Mankoff 7 9 .438
8. Bruce Eric Kaplan 15 20 .429
9. Zachary Kanin 15 22 .405
10. Barbara Smaller 7 11 .389
11. Robert Leighton 4 7 .364
12. Farley Katz 6 11 .353
13. Roz Chast 12 24 .333
14. Mick Stevens 6 14 .300
15. Christopher Weyant 3 7 .300
16. Matthew Diffee 5 12 .294
17. Tom Cheney 4 11 .267
18. Michael Crawford 5 14 .263
19. David Sipress 7 20 .259
20. Gahan Wilson 4 12 .250
21. P.C. Vey 6 20 .231
22. Jack Ziegler 7 29 .194
23. Charles Barsotti 5 21 .192
24. Leo Cullum 4 17 .190
25. William Haefeli 5 25 .167
26. Pat Byrnes 2 10 .167
27. Victoria Roberts 1 9 .100
28. Michael Maslin 1 11 .083
29. Frank Cotham 2 25 .074

While Paul Noth deservedly takes top honors, following Danny Shanahan's win in 2008, we'd like to have seen the talented Zachary Kanin finish even higher—the guy can be pretty great, but finished a bit down in the standings because of so many entries that didn't quite measure up. More editing next year, sir!

In addition to our favorite cartoons, pictured at left, we were also quite fond of Noth's February 9 & 16 "credit-default swaps" cartoon, as well as two by Bruce Eric Kaplan: his January 19 "fable" cartoon and his July 20 "Everyone's a bottomless pit of something" cartoon.

Some lessons learned this year: Recession does not bring out the best in most satirists; Roz Chast continues to have problems delivering on her setups; and cats and dogs are apparently still different.

*Based on a minimum of 10 appearances. "Amusing percentage" ties went to the cartoonist with most good cartoons.

Our Fave 4 (click to enlarge):

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