Cartoonist, Author, Playwright, Screenwriter
Bronx, New York
Jules Feiffer is an award-wininng American syndicated comic-strip cartoonist and author. He is the author of numerous plays, screenplays (Carnal Knowledge, 1971, Little Murders, 1971) and children's books (Henry, The Dog With No Tail, A Room With a Zoo, The Daddy Mountain among many others). 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 also wrote the book The Great Comic Book Heroes (an extract of which Quentin Tarantino adapted for a speech in his film Kill Bill), 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's 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. During the late 1950s Feiffer wrote a series of cartoon books called Sick, Sick, Sick, More Sick, Sick, Sick and Passionella which is a graphic narrative initially anthologized in Passionella and Other Stories, and based on the story of Cinderella. The protagonist is Ella, a chimney sweep who is transformed into a Hollywood movie star. Passionella is used in a musical, The Apple Tree.