Mort Gerberg (born March 11, 1931, in New York City) is an American cartoonist and author best known for his magazine cartoons, which have appeared in numerous publications such as The New Yorker, Playboy, Harvard Business Review, Publishers Weekly, and on The Huffington Post.

Besides magazine cartoons, Gerberg has drawn several nationally-syndicated newspaper comic strips. His comic strip Koky, co-created and written by Richard O'Brien, was syndicated from 1979 to 1981 by the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate. (In 2007, Ramble House collected the strip's entire run into two books, one collecting the dailies and the other for the Sundays.)

Gerberg has written, edited and/or illustrated over 42 books. They include Cartooning: The Art and the Business, the classic text/guidebook in the field, LAST LAUGHS: Cartoons About Aging, Retirement... and the Great Beyond, Joy in Mudville: The Big Book of Baseball Humor, The All-Jewish Cartoon Collection, and the children's books, Why Did Halley’s Comet Cross The Universe?, and the best-selling More Spaghetti, I Say.

Gerberg is a popular public speaker on the subjects of cartooning, Jewish humor and aging. He has appeared at numerous universities, conferences and film festivals. He is a former president of The Cartoonists Guild and a member of the National Cartoonists Society and The Authors Guild.

Gerberg has also written, drawn and performed on NBC, ABC, and PBS television news shows. He has created commissioned cartoons and humorous writings for advertising clients such as Fidelity Investments, MasterCard, Epson, Motorola, John Hancock Insurance, and Brooks Brothers. In the early 1990's Gerberg was an information content provider for ABC Multimedia, Prodigy, America Online, and BookWire.com.

Gerberg taught cartooning for over 12 years at Parsons School of Design and The New School distance learning program. One of Gerberg's former students was ''The Wall Street Journal'' caricaturist Ken Fallin.[1]

Biography

In 1968, Gerberg signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[2]

On Election Day, November 7, 1972, Gerberg appeared with Barbara Walters on the Today Show, drawing cartoons while being interviewed.

On January 20, 1973, Gerberg appeared with Edwin Newman on NBC-TV's live network coverage of Richard Nixon's second inauguration, drawing cartoons and commenting about the ceremony.

In 1989, Gerberg appeared as a special guest artist in the Shari Lewis home video, Lamb Chop in the Land of No Manners.

Gerberg appeared in the PBS documentary Funny Business: An Inside Look at the Art of Cartooning (2011), focusing on the creative and personal sides of several New Yorker cartoonists.

On September 30, 2015 Gerberg was a guest interviewee on Tony Guda’s New York on CUNY.TV, discussing his career.

Gerberg was featured in the HBO documentary, “Very Semi-Serious: A Partially-Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists,” which aired on December 14, 2015.

Two of Gerberg’s original drawings were included in “Superheroes in Gotham,” an exhibition at the New York Historical Society that ran from October 2015 to February 2016; a cartoon that was published by the New Yorker in its July 1997 issue, and a pencil sketch he drew in his Hebrew School book when he was eight years old.

Awards

Gerberg was voted as Best Magazine Cartoonist of 2007 and 2008 by the National Cartoonists Society, and received four additional nominations for that award.

He is a City College of New York Communications Hall of Fame Honoree for 2010. In 2004, he was awarded the college's prestigious Townsend Harris Medal for Notable Achievement.

In January 2016, Gerberg was given the Tom Gill Educational Award, by the National Cartoonists Society “for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the art of cartooning.”

Personal life

Gerberg lives in New York City with his wife, Judith, an internationally-known career counselor. He pitches for the New Yorker softball team, plays tennis, and plays “The American Songbook” on the piano.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ Caricaturist Captures the Corporate Market, Biz Bash Orlando, August 11, 2008.
  2. ^ “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest,” New York Post (January 30, 1968).