Image obtained from the author's website

Image obtained from the author’s website


Author: Matthew Diffee

Genre: Humor, Comics

Length: 256 pages

Release Date: May 12, 2015

Publisher: Scribner

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Description from NetGalley:

Finally, a book that’s not for everyone! 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. Yet shockingly, a small sector of the population is not enamored with his work. Diffee has met some of these people and reports that they are, without exception, dumb and ugly, whereas the people who enjoy his work are just the opposite. In fact, the smarter and more attractive people are, the more they tend to appreciate Diffee’s humor. This book is for them.

This collection contains Diffee’s funniest drawings and writings from the past decade as well as all-new cartoons and sketches organized into categories that will appeal to smart attractive people in all walks of life, based on profession and circumstance: smart attractive Medical Professionals, sharp and good-looking Old People; beautiful geniuses in Prison; brainy handsome Lumberjacks; and more. Are you an alluring well-read utensil user? Well, there’s a chapter just for you!

If you’re a fan of Demetri Martin and Jack Handey, or if you happen to be George Clooney or Natalie Portman, Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People will leave you laughing your smart attractive ass off.

My Review:

So, according to the book’s description, only smart and attractive people will enjoy this book. I did enjoy much of it, but not all. Maybe that means I am attractive and smart only part of the time. If so, I am okay with that.

This is one of my favorite comics from the book.

This is one of my favorite comics from the book.

Without a doubt Matthew Diffee is a takented comic artist. The cartoons/comic panels are drawn in black and white and contain sufficient detail that color is unnecessary. In fact, I think that if he had used color the comics would not have been as impactful.


Many of the one block comics were funny, but I was disappointed that only a few of them made me laugh out loud.


The problem with a book of comic strips or comic panels is that it is unlikely that a single reader will find all of them to their taste.

The artist/author has divided the book into categories and each category contained at least a few comics that made me chuckle.

It is for that reason, and for his phenomenal artistic ability that I am rating this book as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Image obtained from www.matthewdiffee.com

Image obtained from http://www.matthewdiffee.com

Matthew Diffee is an American cartoonist whose works appear in the New Yorker magazine.

For more information or to see more of his cartoons, visit http://www.matthewdiffee.com

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