Aesthetics by Ivan Brunetti
A Memoir

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The commentary does have great moments of insight into cartooning...Wise advice from a true professional.
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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 Aesthetics: A Memoir unearths a trove of previously unpublished materials, including working drawings, sketches for cartoons, book covers, personal photographs, and items from the artist’s collection of toys and handmade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.

 

About Ivan Brunetti

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DIVIvan Brunetti has published several graphic novels and taught courses on editorial illustration and comics at the University of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago./div
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Yale University Press. 120 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Arts & Photography.
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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 03 2013

The commentary does have great moments of insight into cartooning...Wise advice from a true professional.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Apr 15 2013

Essential for fans but fascinating for those new to Brunetti’s work as well.

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