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Jules Feiffer speaks at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Wednesday, April 28, at 7 P.M about his autobiography Backing into Forward.
The award-winning New Yorker cartoonist, playwright, and author delivers a witty, illustrated rendition of his life, from his childhood as a wimpy kid in the Bronx to his legendary career in the arts.
$10, $7 students/seniors, $5 members
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280
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Jules Feiffer reads selections from his new memoir Backing Into Forward on April 6th from 7:00 – 8:00PM. The award-winning cartoonist, playwright and author delivers a witty, illustrated rendition of his life, from his childhood as a wimpy kid in the Bronx to his legendary career in the arts.
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-4805
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Jules Feiffer speaks with Danny Fingeroth at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 PM. Feiffer will be discussing his new autobiography Backing Into Forward: A Memoir.
About Backing Into Forward: A Memoir:
The award-winning cartoonist, playwright, and author delivers a witty, illustrated rendition of his life, from his childhood as a wimpy kid in the Bronx to his legendary career in the arts. A gifted storyteller who has delighted readers and theater audiences for decades, Jules Feiffer now turns his talents to the tale of his own life.
Plagued by learning problems, a controlling mother, and a debilitating sense of fear, Feiffer embarked on his first cartoon apprenticeship at the age of seventeen, emboldened only by a passion for success and an aptitude for failure. He vividly recalls those transformative years working under the legendary Will Eisner, and later, after he was drafted into the army, his evolution from “smart-ass kid into an enraged satirist.” Backing into Forward also traces Feiffer’s love life, from a doomed hitchhiking trip to reclaim his high-school sweetheart to losing his virginity in Greenwich Village, and his road to marriage and fatherhood.
At the center of this journey is Feiffer’s prolific creativity. In dazzling detail, he recounts the birth of his subversive graphic novella Munro, his entrÃ©e into New York’s literary salons, collaborations with film greats Mike Nichols, Robert Altman, and Jack Nicholson, and other major turning points. Brimming with wry punch lines, slices of Americana, and pithy social commentary, Backing into Forward charts Feiffer’s rise as an unlikely and incisive provocateur during the conformist fifties and the Vietnam and Civil Rights sixties and seventies.
Danny Fingeroth is MoCCA’s Senior Vice President of Education. He was the longtime group editor of Marvel’s Spider-Man line and the writer of comics including Darkhawk and Deadly Foes of Spider-Man. He has taught comics writing at NYU, The New School, and Media Bistro. Danny created and edited Write Now magazine, the only how-to publication dedicated to comics writing and writers. He is the author of The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels and co-author (with artist Mike Manley) of How to Create Comics from Script to Print.
Free for MoCCA Members
594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012
(btwn. Houston and Prince)
Tel. 212-254-3511 Fax 212-254-3590
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Jules Feiffer, one of the best cartoonists alive, just turned 81 and published Backing into Forward: A Memoir. Feiffer’s best-known comic strip was Sick, Sick, Sick (later retitled Feiffer), an unrelenting satire of American life and politics that ran in the Village Voice for more than 40 years. Feiffer grappled with the anomie of the ’50s, the unrest of the ’60s and ’70s, and the mindless complacency of the ’80s. He attacked Johnson over the Vietnam War, and Nixon and Reagan over everything. Feiffer’s artwork was sketchy but elegant—he conveyed his ideas in simple lines—and he frequently drew dancers. Doonesbury certainly would not exist without Feiffer’s ground-breaking work, and he’s proved there’s life after the Voice, which dropped him in 1997: He’s since written several works of fiction for children and adults.
FEIFFER READS FROM HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY THURS. MARCH 18th AT 4 P.M. AT POLITICS & PROSE, 5015 CONNECTICUT AVE. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919.