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Jules Feiffer

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Award-winning cartoonist, playwright, and author Jules Feiffer, talks about his life and his rise from a fearful kid with learning problems and a controlling mother, to working under the legendary Will Eisner and creating his subversive graphic novella Munro. His memoir is Backing into Forward.

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Comments [3]

Steve Mumford from NYC

Great interview. As a young teenager in the early 70s I deeply studied Feiffer's book on his beloved comic book heroes of the 40s.
I actually recently finished the autobiography, which I highly recommend, if you liked listening to Feiffer's stories on air, and want to learn about how he tangled with his Mom, the US Army, and Robert Altman.
Also a wonderful evocation of bohemian artistic and intellectual life in the 1950s Village.

After reading, I bought a couple of Feiffer's early "graphic novels" on abebooks, Passionella, and Feiffer's World (hardcover editions still available very cheaply). They're terrific and beautiful, if a little dated (in a good way, of their time).

Thanks, Mr Feiffer, for locating your various forwards.

Apr. 27 2010 11:51 PM
Shelli from west Orange,NJ

Thanks for the great interview with one of America's finest cartoonists. As the mother of a recently graduated cartoonist (from SVA), it's especially gratifying to see this important art form and it's generators (or progenitors?)getting the attention and appreciation they deserve. Cartooning combines so many arts; storytelling, dialogue writing, graphic depiction. These interviews help to put cartooning where it belongs, in the realm of the Arts and NOT as fish wrap.

Apr. 27 2010 01:28 PM
John Celardo from Fanwood, NJ

It’s great to hear Mr. Feiffer talk about wanting to be an action-adventure cartoonist. My dad did Tarzan, The Green Berets, and Buzz Sawyer. He also worked for Will Eisner after WW II after serving as an Infantry officer. Dad did fine, but never had his own strip.

Apr. 27 2010 12:48 PM

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