Fieffer’s Explainers


With all the talk about the death of the Newspaper floating in the atmosphere and Little Murders in mind, I wanted to turn an eye towards Fieffer’s editorial cartoon work.

Here’s the fantagraphics’ press release:

In 1956, a relatively unknown cartoonist by the name of Jules Feiffer started contributing a strip to the only alternative weekly published in the US, a small radical newspaper called The Village Voice. His strip tackled just about every issue, private and public, that affected the sentient American: relationships, sexuality, love, family, parents, children, psychoanalysis, neuroses, presidents, politicians, media, race, class, labor, religion, foreign policy, war, and one or two other existential questions. It was the first time that the American public had been subjected to a weekly dose of comics that so uncompromisingly and wittily confronted individuals’ private fears and society’s public transgressions. Explainers is the first of four volumes collecting Feiffer’s entire run of weekly strips from The Village Voice. This deluxe hardcover edition contains approximately 500 strips originally published between 1956 and 1966 in a brick-like landscape format, reproduced better than ever and with a lengthy introduction and interview with Feiffer by Fantagraphics Publisher Gary Groth.

As I am making my way through this book, I am realizing how important editorial cartoons are. With the future of the newspaper in jeopardy, due to the economy, this style of cartooning is as well. It should be noted that Jules Feiffer won a Pulitzer in 1986 for his editorial cartoons.


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