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Aesthetics: A Memoirby Ivan Brunetti
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Born to working-class parents in a small town in Italy, and reared in Chicago, Ivan Brunetti (b. 1967) was drawn to cartoons and comic strips from an early age. Finding inspiration in Spider-Man and Peanuts, he began crafting his own stories and gradually developed a unique style that he applied to imaginative, sometimes shocking subjects. The dark humor of his graphic novels earned him a cult following, yet his illustrations have had broad appeal. Now recognized as an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator, Brunetti has published his work in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and McSweeney’s, among others.
This eye-popping illustrated autobiography by Brunetti traces his artistic trajectory and output, from youthful doodles to his latest cover illustrations and comic strips. Aesthetics: A Memoir unearths a trove of previously unpublished materials, including working drawings, sketches for cartoons, book covers, personal photographs, and items from the artist’s collection of toys and handmade objects. In an introductory essay and captions, Brunetti explains—in a voice that is as quirky, smart, and clear as his drawings—his creative process and aesthetic sensibility. This overarching retrospective conveys Brunetti’s philosophy of life and cartooning through his keen words and unforgettable images.
"Brunetti (Cartooning: Philosophy and Practices) has a long career as cartoonist, educator, and editor, and this new book serves as both a partial collection and memoir. Along with his well-known, highly satirical and personal comics and magazine contributions, there is plenty of obscure work too: a papier-mÃ¢chÃ© sculpture of Mickey Mouse, and Brunetti's attempt at a Sunday strip for the rebooted Nancy in the '90s. The book doesn't proceed chronologically, flitting back and forth between different moments in Brunetti's prolific career, discussing some of his New Yorker covers before flashing back to some of his earliest drawings from childhood. Rather than serving as a straightforward memoir of his career, the book is much more a collection of the author's artwork, accompanied by commentary and photographs of objects that have inspired him. The commentary does have great moments of insight into cartooning though, as when Brunetti says of an old comic strip from his college days that it provides 'incontrovertible evidence that anyone can learn to draw better, or at least find ways to refine their approach, through constant and vigilant practice.' Wise advice from a true professional. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A glimpse inside the mind and artistic process of a fascinating contemporary cartoonist
The fascinating contemporary cartoonist Ivan Brunetti explains his creative process, artistic trajectory, and obscure interests in this eye-popping account filled with drawings, doodles, ephemera, and sketches spanning multiple decades.
About the Author
Ivan Brunetti has published several graphic novels and taught courses on editorial illustration and comics at the University of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago.
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