Movie Reveals New Yorker Cartoonists

“They make the strange familiar or the familiar strange.” So explains Bob Mankoff, the droll, keenly observant central figure in Leah Wolchok’s droll, keenly observant documentary “Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists.” The title could be a nod to one of the single-panel cartoons in The New Yorker, and the film is a wry, slightly cerebral snapshot. It’s a minor work that knows its place in the margins, but is thought-provoking and surreptitiously insightful – and very funny. The documentary premieres December 7th on HBO.

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