NYTimes (free registration required) has an article on the next generation of New Yorker cartoonists.
[The cartoon editor, Robert] Mankoff looks at most of the 1,000 or so unsolicited submissions he receives each week, and makes a point of being accessible. “My policy is I’ll see anybody,” he said.
The move to bring in new talent to the magazine is not tension-free. Cartooning for its pages is a zero-sum game; The New Yorker publishes only 18 to 20 cartoons a week, for which it pays an average of $675 each. Space and money taken by up-and-comers is lost for the old guard, who are popular with many readers.