Jules Feiffer

Illustrator's Show 2011
Richard Michelson and Jules Feiffer at R. Michelson Galleries

Jules Feiffer’s innovative and influential comic strip began as a weekly feature in the Village Voice in 1956, exploring Cold War angst, political manipulation and suppression, the use of language as a means of thought control, civil wrongs and civil rights, Vietnam, and how all of the above affected young men and women in the search for “meaningful relationships.”

Giving up his strip after 40+ years, Feiffer went into theater and film: Little Murders, The White House Murder Case, Carnal Knowledge, Knock, Knock, Eliot Loves, Grown Ups

Feiffer’s first foray into children’s books was to illustrate Norton Juster’s now classic The Phantom Tollbooth. His own books for children include the novels The Man in the Ceiling, A Barrel of Laughs A Vale of Tears, A Room With A Zoo, and the picture books I Lost My Bear, Meanwhile…, and Bark George (which, after a three decade delay has a sequel to be published next year, Smart George). He has collaborated with his daughter Kate Feiffer, Illustrating her Henry, The Dog With No Tail, By The Side Of The Road, and two others.

In recent years, he has concentrated on a trilogy of noir graphic novels, beginning with Kill My Mother, and concluding in July with The Ghost Script.

He has three grown daughters, Kate, Halley, and Julie and is married to the writer, JZ Holden.

When he needs to relax, he draws dancers.