By Calvin Reid
Apr 10, 2012
Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist best known for his long running Village Voice comics strip, screenwriter, playwright, acclaimed adult and children’s author, and a pioneering witness to the birth of the American comic book industry, will publish Kill My Mother, his first original graphic novel, in Fall 2013 with the Liveright publishing division of W. W. Norton. The book was acquired by Liveright editor-in-chief and publisher Robert Weil for world rights in a deal negotiated by Feiffer’s literary agent Gail Hochman. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Described by Norton as a “noir-action-romance,” that is illustrated and written by Feiffer, the forthcoming graphic novel will be a 4-color black-and-white reproduction inspired by Feiffer’s love of gritty urban noir movies from the 1930s and 1940s. The book will trace the lives of two families over a span of 20 years that starts during World War II. The book features a cast of memorable female characters and a Norton spokesperson said the dialogue—long hailed as a highlight of Feiffer’s writing—is “unparalleled” for its “wit and humor.”