Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, playwright, and screenwriter Jules Feiffer has created a remarkable career turning contemporary urban anxiety into witty and revealing commentary for over 50 years. From his Village Voice editorial cartoons to his plays and screenplays including Little Murders and Carnal Knowledge, Feiffer’s satirical outlook has helped define modern culture in political, sexual, and social terms.
Feiffer’s most recognizable illustrative work appears in the iconic children’s book, The Phantom Tollbooth that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Time placed the book at number nine in their list of the 100 best young adult books of all time, and a documentary about the book and its creators premiered at The New Yorker festival in October 2013. His Village Voice comic strips ran for 42 years before he became the first cartoonist commissioned by The New York Times to create strips for their Op-Ed page in 1997. His strips, cartoons, and illustrations have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, and The Nation.
Feiffer published his first original graphic novel, Kill My Mother, in Summer 2014. Publishers Weekly called the book "an achievement of tremendous breadth and scope." His next book, Cousin Joseph, a prequel to Kill My Mother, was released in July 2016.
He won a Pulitzer Prize and a George Polk Award for his cartoons; an Obie for his plays; an Academy Award for his animated short, Munro; and a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Writers Guild of America. He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame, awarded the John Fischetti Lifetime Achievement Award, received the National Cartoonists Society's Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award, and was nominated for WGA Award for the screenplay for Carnal Knowledge.
An adjunct professor at SUNY-Stony Brook Southampton, Feiffer teaches the course “Humor and Truth” and a class on graphic novels. He has taught at the Yale School of Drama, Northwestern University, Dartmouth, and Arizona State. His work has been honored at the New York Historical Society, the Library of Congress, and The School of Visual Arts.
Over the last decade, Feiffer has written and illustrated many books for children and young adults, including A Room with a Zoo, I'm Not Bobby!, By The Side of the Road, My Side of The Car, The Man in the Ceiling, soon to become a Broadway musical produced by Disney, as well as his 2010 memoir, Backing into Forward. Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer, a career-spanning retrospective of Feiffer's work, was published in May 2015.
- Jules Feiffer on Charlie Rose (2010)
- Big Think Interview With Jules Feiffer (2012)
- Jules Feiffer on Leonard Lopate show (2010)
- Trailer for "The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expecations" documentary (2013)
- Feiffer talks "The Phantom Tollbooth" at The New Yorker Festival (2013)
- Feiffer on his early days (2013)
- My Side of the Car (2011)
- Jules Feiffer reflects on his memoirs with The Wall Street Journal (2010)
Join artist and author Jules Feiffer in this humorous survey of cartoons focusing on politics, sex, families, and the rise of miscommunication as a social necessity and art form – all acted out with running commentary. Born into a world of newspaper strips and influenced by the new invention of the comic book, Feiffer applied his honed skills of visual humor and escapism in a more serious direction: writing and drawing satiric commentaries on present-day life. Kidnapping the comic strip to talk about themes discussed privately but seldom in public print, Feiffer became renowned for his sharp insight into the increasingly common use of language to hide, obscure, and manipulate meaning, rather than communicate. An evening of memories and laughs for all.Read More >
In 1961, the life of cartoonist Jules Feiffer took an unexpected detour. In collaboration with writer Norton Juster, Feiffer’s adult sensibilities and drawing style crafted the world of The Phantom Tollbooth It’s now considered one of the greatest children’s books of all time.
But that wasn’t the end of the story.
Feiffer’s inventiveness has thrived in the years since Tollbooth. Appearing in The Village Voice, The Nation, and Esquire, Feiffer’s illustrations now reach audiences aged 10 and up. His remarkable story teaches us how to recognize our own creativity and how to use it; when to lean into life’s detours and rely on your own ingenuity.
The Phantom Tollbooth
Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer
Kill My Mother
Backing Into Forward
The Man in the Ceiling
My Side of the Car
A Room With A Zoo
The House Across the Street
A Barrel of Laughs a Vale of Tears
By the Side of the Road
I Lost My Bear
The Daddy Mountain
Feiffer: The Collected Works
“Kill My Mother” is terrific.”
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