Jules Feiffer Goes Noir

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Jules Feiffer, American cartoonist, seated at work on cartoon. (Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection/Wikipedia Commons)

Bronx-born Obie, Oscar, and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and playwright and the author/illustrator of Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel (Liveright, 2014), Jules Feiffer, talks about his new work and looks back on his career. His new children's book is Rupert Can Dance (Macmillan, 2014).


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In 1978, in Westwood, CA, I stage managed "Jules Feiffer's Hold Me!", a kind of organized compilation of some of JF's strips. Leland Palmer was a WONDERFUL dancer ("A Dance to Spring", etc.). It also featured Nan Roberts and even Marge Simpson (a terrific Julie Kavner). Directed brilliantly by Caymichael Patten.

JF was friends with Hugh Hefner, so the cast party was at the Playboy Mansion. Me being a child of the sixties, the PM was no big deal, in fact, a little distasteful, outré. But I asked my brother and sister-in-law if they cared to go, and they sure did--they were ecstatic.

My sister still holds it against me that I didn't call her so she could make a special flight down from San Francisco to attend.

Aug. 28 2014 11:46 AM
Peg from Bayonne, NJ

My dear, brilliant brother died after a long illness in 2001. He always loved to conduct along with recordings of his favorite classical music. When I thought of how I visualized what I wished for him after death (I'm a
Hhumanist), I saw him conducting a sunrise, as Milo did in "Phantom Tollbooth", and I read that segment at my brother's memorial. Your book, which I remembered from my childhood, helped me deal with my grief. Thank you, Jules Pfeiffer!

Aug. 28 2014 11:46 AM
John from Fanwood

My dad, John Celardo, drew and wrote Tarzan in the 50s and 60s. After Tarzan he did other adventure strips and ended his career with Buzz Sawyer. I asked him many times why he didn't do what Jules Feiffer did, write plays. He wrote great dialog but never took my advice.

Aug. 28 2014 11:33 AM

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