Jules Feiffer (1929)
He is an American syndicated comic-strip cartoonist and author. In 1986 he won
the Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartooning in The Village Voice, and in
2004 was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame.
Feiffer was born in New York City, in the borough of the Bronx. Feiffer served
as an assistant for Will Eisner in the 1940s, learning to tell stories with
words and pictures while working on Eisner's acclaimed The Spirit comic strip.
Feiffer also wrote the stage play Little Murders, the screenplay for Mike
Nichols' 1971 film Carnal Knowledge, illustrated the children's book classic The
Phantom Tollbooth, and won an Oscar in 1961 for his short animation Munro. In
addition, Feiffer has written the screenplay for Robert Altman's Popeye film, a
movie version of Little Murders, and the screenplay for Alain Resnais' film I
Want To Go Home.
Feiffer's cartoons ran for 42 years in the The Village Voice and have been
collected into 19 books. They have also appeared in The Los Angeles Times,The
New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, and The Nation. He was commissioned in 1997 by The
New York Times to create its first op-ed page comic strip which ran monthly
until 2000. Feiffer has most recently written several award-winning children's
books including The Man in the Ceiling and A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears.
Feiffer is an adjunct professor at Southampton College. Previously he taught at
the Yale School of Drama and Northwestern University. He has been a Senior
Fellow at the Columbia University National Arts Journalism Program. Feiffer is a
member of the Dramatists Guild Council and has been elected to the American
Academy of Arts and Letters. He received the National Cartoonist Society Milton
Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and the Creativity Foundation's 2006
Laureate. He was in residence at the Arizona State University Barrett Honors
College from November 27 to December 2, 2006.