Jules Feiffer’s upcoming graphic novel is great, says Neil Gaiman

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As far as 2014 goes, I think there are at least three graphic novels we’ll be talking about: Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant; Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds, and Jules Feiffer’s Kill My Mother. I’ve read the Chast book (it’s out in April) and it’s an amazing memoir about her parents, their quirks, their lives and their deaths. It’s her first graphic novel and you can only ask, what took you so long. Seconds, I don’t think it’s gone out to anyone yet, but we’ve been talking about it here already. And we’ll be talking about it more.

Feiffer’s book won’t be out until late summer, but Neil Gaiman saw an advance copy and the word is good:

I just read my favourite graphic novel in a very, very long time. It was an advance copy of a book called KILL MY MOTHER, it’s by Jules Feiffer, and it’s his tribute to the work of the great Will Eisner (Feiffer was once Eisner’s assistant) and to classic movies of the kind they don’t make any more. The dialogue is wonderful, the plot enormously satisfying.  I’ve been a fan of Feiffer’s pretty much as long as I’ve been able to read, and it makes me strangely happy that, at the age of 84, he’s done something remarkable, ambitious and very different. Here’s an article about the book from Publishers Weekly. It won’t be out until much later in the year, and I will link to it then.


The book does sound extremely ambitious—while it isn’t quite his FIRST original graphic novel (Tantrum?) it does sound like a more developed book than Tantrum was.

So yeah, books from Roz Chast and Jules Feiffer. It’s gonna be a heck of a year.

Comments

  1. Pretty good work ethic, considering Feiffer is 85 now!

  2. RAGGEDT says:

    Been looking forward to the Feiffer book since last year’s New York Comic Con. On one of the last panel’s of the weekend, Feiffer, Paul Levitz and Darwyn Cooke discussed “noir.” Feiffer previewed the book a fair bit. Can’t wait.

  3. I think we’ll talking about Charles Burns’ completion of his trilogy too… “Sugar Skull” in October from Pantheon.

  4. I thought “Tantrum” was brilliant; it’s still a great and funny read. I think it is one of the great graphic novels, albeit before its time.

    I look forward to this book with great anticipation.

    Feiffer has been exploring new waters since he was a kid. It doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s still doing it.

  5. I was at that NYCC Noir panel, too — what we saw and heard of the book then sounded fantastic. Really looking forward to this.

  6. R. Haining says:

    Amazon has it available for pre-order with a release date of August 25, 2014.

  7. I also recommend his autobiography/memoir, Backing into Forward. I read it primarily to read about his memories working for Eisner, but the entire book is a terrific read, esp. in giving a view of New York City’s artistic community in the 1950s and ’60s, which I reviewed at http://wcgcomics.blogspot.com/2012/06/reviews-backing-into-forward.html

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