Peter Steiner (cartoonist)

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Peter Steiner is an American cartoonist, painter and novelist, best known for a 1993 cartoon published by The New Yorker which prompted the adage "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog."[1][2] He is also a novelist who has published three crime novels.


Steiner has contributed cartoons and other material to The New Yorker since 1979.[3] His cartoon captioned 'On the internet nobody knows you're a dog' is the most reproduced cartoon from The New Yorker, .[1][4] Steiner also is well known for his daily cartoons on contemporary events for the Washington Times, which he created for over 20 years, starting in 1983. One selection of these cartoons was published in 1994.[5] For several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s he also made cartoons for The Weekly Standard.


Steiner has published four novels, all featuring a former CIA agent named Louis Morgon who has retired to the Loire Valley in France.[6] Of his 2010 novel The Terrorist, The New York Times reviewer Marilyn Stasio wrote that "While it can't be said that any of [the plot] is the least bit plausible, Steiner presents us with a reassuring fantasy world in which rash youths bow to the wisdom of their elders, terrorists abort their missions out of compassion for their human targets and the innocent victims of egregious acts of cruelty find it in their hearts to forgive."[7]

Novels published[edit]

  • "A French Country Murder," retitled Le Crime when it came out in paperback.
  • L'Assassin
  • The Terrorist (2010)[8]
  • "The Resistance"


  1. ^ a b Fleishman, Glenn (December 14, 2000). "Cartoon Captures Spirit of the Internet". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 20, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2007. 
  2. ^ The New Yorker (1993). "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - reprinted for academic discussion. Title 17 U.S. Code. Retrieved October 2, 2007. 
  3. ^ January 2011, Brown's Guide to Georgia
  4. ^ Glenn Fleishman (October 29, 1998). "New Yorker Cartoons to Go on Line". The New York Times. Retrieved October 2, 2007. 
  5. ^ P. Steiner, I Didn't Bite the Man. I Bit the Office;
  6. ^ "Morality tale in thriller's clothes". Washington Times. 31 August 2008. 
  7. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (30 July 2010). "Queen of Pop". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Maldonado, Crystal (30 May 2010). "'As Soon As You Have A Guy With A Dead Body On His Doorstep, Something's Got To Happen': Q&A with Peter Steiner". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 

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