There is nothing funny about a recession – except when there is. Through harsh times and tribulations humor can be a means of catharsis. Nothing takes the edge off a troublesome situation like a well timed bit of humor and no one understands this better than the quick-witted illustrators at The New Yorker. In honor of their Cartoon Issue and the world’s financial tumult they present, Cartoons for Trying Times. An series of riffs on falling stocks, rising prices and changing social mores. The bad times never felt so good.