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Comic artist Brunetti to speak about his work

Brunetti comicIllustrator and graphic novelist Ivan Brunetti will discuss the art of comic strip and his work on Thursday, May 29, at 5:30 p.m. The talk will take place in Rosenwald 405, 1115 E. 58th St.

Born in Italy, Brunetti currently works as a web designer and in the past has taught classes on editorial illustration and comics at Columbia College Chicago and the University of Chicago. In 2005, he curated The Cartoonist’s Eye, an exhibit of 75 artists’ work, for the A+D Gallery of Columbia College Chicago; the exhibit was a preview for An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories (Yale University Press, 2006), which he edited. A second volume of this Anthology is scheduled for Fall 2008, God willing.

He has contributed sporadic comic strips for The Chicago Reader (and a handful of other alternative weekly newspapers) and has drawn comics and illustrations for The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Mother Jones, Fast Company, The Baffler, The Comics Journal, In These Times, and (inexplicably) Scooby-Doo. His comics have been featured in McSweeney’s Number 13 as well as Houghton-Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2006 and 2007.

To date, Fantagraphics Books has published four issues of his comic book series, Schizo, and two collections of his morally inexcusable gag cartoons, HAW! and its miniature companion, HEE! Moreover, in 2007 Fantagraphics published Misery Loves Comedy, which collected the first three issues of Schizo as well as a host of early and obscure work.

In 2007 Buenaventura Press published Brunetti’s Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice booklet, included as a supplement to the magazine Comic Art, Number 9.

Contact Julia Klein at the Committee on Creative Writing for more information.

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