Everything just keeps getting crazier, right? It's October 3rd, and I didn't want to miss the chance to send Happy Birthday Wishes to Cartoonist Ivan Brunetti!
"Ivan Brunetti was born in a small town in Italy on October 3, 1967. At the tender age of 8, he moved from his grandparents' farm in Italy to the industrial South Side of Chicago; he has lived in this fair city ever since, rarely venturing outside of its bittersweet confines.
He has worked as a fast-food cook, dishwasher, political canvasser, telemarketer, parking-ticket giver-outer, truck-loader, information-desk guy, technical draftsman, janitor, production assistant, proofreader, copyeditor, and web designer. Recently, he has taught at the University of Chicago, and he is currently an instructor at Columbia College 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 the Anthology was published in Fall 2008.
In addition to all of the above, 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. Mr. Brunetti's comics have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Czech, Dutch, Swedish, and (soon) French.
In 2007 Buenaventura Press published Mr. Brunetti's Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice booklet, included as a supplement to the magazine Comic Art, Number 9.
For more biographical information about Mr. Brunetti as well as his various "theories" about everything, please consult both his interview in issue 264 of The Comics Journal, published by Fantagraphics Books, and In The Studio, edited by Todd Hignite and published by Yale University Press.
He lives in Chicago with his wife and their three cats".-the artist within: Book 2
I met and photographed Ivan in his home studio on my first trip to Chicago a whole bunch of years ago, here's that shot.
Happy Birthday Ivan!
You can see more of Ivans work on his website here:
art © Ivan Brunetti