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Jules Feiffer turns 87 on Tuesday
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Ten months before the stock market crash of 1929, on January 26th Jules Ralph Feiffer was born in the Bronx

From his first work as assistant to legendary cartoonist, Will Eisner, to a career that covers everything from comicstrips to plays to animation to screenplays to graphic novels. With an almost Zelig-like ability Feiffer has been standing with pen and paper in hand at our cultural crossroads and jumping in with both feet (and brains) to report what he's seen.
Monro the tale of a four-year old who accidentally gets drafted, became an animated short that won an Academy Award in 1961.
Norton Juster happened to be his downstairs neighbor and asked him to illustrate his first book...
A new newspaper emerged in The Village so he approached them with some comic strip ideas...

It ran for the next 40 years
And spawn a best sellers while coining the term "sick humor." Through the years they became more and more political and in 1986 he won a Pulitzer.
Then he decided to try his hand at plays
Which landed on Broadway and won Obies

He also wrote screenplays and worked with directors like Robert Altman
and Mike Nichols and new actors like Jack Nicholson

Somewhere in there he penned a history of comic books prompted by an editor named...
E.L. Doctorow

I met him in the 1980's when he was just embarking on a new career...
As a children's book author

A couple of years ago, he decided he'd try something else.
This time, graphic novels...
This is the first book in a trilogy!

Last month the New York Observer asked me to do a piece on a "mentor" for a special section.Hard to get this all in one page, but I tried...

Happy Birthday Jules.



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