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Title:
Kill my mother : a graphic novel
Author:
Feiffer, Jules, author, artist.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Physical Description:
148 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
When three daunting dolls intersect with one hapless heroine and a hard-boiled private eye, deception, betrayal, and murder stalk every mean street.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780871403148
Format :
Book

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Adding to a legendary career that includes a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, Obie Awards, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Cartoonist Society and the Writers Guild of America, Jules Feiffer now presents his first noir graphic novel. Kill My Mother is a loving homage to the pulp-inspired films and comic strips of his youth. Channeling Eisner's The Spirit, along with the likes of Hammett, Chandler, Cain, John Huston, and Billy Wilder, and spiced with the deft humor for which Feiffer is renowned, Kill My Mother centers on five formidable women from two unrelated families, linked fatefully and fatally by a has-been, hard-drinking private detective.

As our story begins, we meet Annie Hannigan, an out-of-control teenager, jitterbugging in the 1930s. Annie dreams of offing her mother, Elsie, whom she blames for abandoning her for a job soon after her husband, a cop, is shot and killed. Now, employed by her husband's best friend--an over-the-hill and perpetually soused private eye--Elsie finds herself covering up his missteps as she is drawn into a case of a mysterious client, who leads her into a decade-long drama of deception and dual identities sprawling from the Depression era to World War II Hollywood and the jungles of the South Pacific.

Along with three femme fatales, an obsessed daughter, and a loner heroine, Kill My Mother features a fighter turned tap dancer, a small-time thug who dreams of being a hit man, a name-dropping cab driver, a communist liquor store owner, and a hunky movie star with a mind-boggling secret. Culminating in a U.S.O. tour on a war-torn Pacific island, this disparate band of old enemies congregate to settle scores.

In a drawing style derived from Steve Canyon and The Spirit, Feiffer combines his long-honed skills as cartoonist, playwright, and screenwriter to draw us into this seductively menacing world where streets are black with soot and rain, and base motives and betrayal are served on the rocks in bars unsafe to enter. Bluesy, fast-moving, and funny, Kill My Mother is a trip to Hammett-Chandler-Cain Land: a noir-graphic novel like the movies they don't make anymore.


Author Notes

Jules Feiffer was born on January 26, 1929. While working as a cartoonist, his work appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, The Nation, and The New York Times. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartooning in The Village Voice in 1986. His other awards include a George Polk Award for his cartoons; an Obie Award for the play Little Murders; an Oscar for the anti-military short subject animation, Munro; and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Writers Guild of America and the National Cartoonist Society.

He is currently focusing on writing and illustrating books for children and young adults including The Man in the Ceiling, A Room with a Zoo and Bark, George! He has been a professor at the Yale School of Drama, Northwestern University, Dartmouth, and Stony Brook Southampton College.

Feiffer has been honored with major retrospectives at the New York Historical Society, the Library of Congress and The School of Visual Arts.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

It's not often that a graphic novel generates the kind of prepublication attention that this rare graphic novel effort by the multitalented, Pulitzer Prize-winning Feiffer has generated, but this is no ordinary graphic novel. Intertwining the lives of five well-rounded female characters in an exceptionally complex narrative, the novel takes us through the Depression and war years at a pace that is positively frenetic. With hidden secrets, dual identities, mystery, and murder, Feiffer creates a fusion of genres that reads like a film noir written by a dramatist or a cartoonist's version of a pulp detective story done as a stage play-all mediums that the author has triumphed in. Feiffer's consummate cartooning skills are everywhere in evidence here, but most impressive is the way he shifts the reader's viewpoint with panels that go from Toulouse-Lautrec to Pollock, all in a moment. His canvas gives each of the characters an altogether different dimension: a kind of visceral immediacy that projects every emotion with stunning impact. The result is an achievement of tremendous breadth and scope. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Kill whose mother? Feiffer's second venture into creating a novel in comic strip form (after 1979's Tantrum) turns out to be a masterpiece of misdirection. Bitchy teen -Annie Hannigan declares she wants to murder her mom, Elsie, assistant to a booze-soaked private eye. But as bodies fall dead and backstories come out of the closet, the network of vindictiveness among a broader and very quirky bunch of characters becomes clearer. This is noir tragicomedy in the grand manner, with a twisty plot confounding expectations most delightfully. Pulitzer Prize, Academy Award, and Obie-winning -Feiffer draws on his stellar skills with dialog (including songs), plot, and wicked humor. The art, which includes numerous wonderful dance sequences, continues in his tradition of loose black-and-white scrawls, yet adds delicate color wash to superb effect. VERDICT Feiffer (A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears) has turned out an exceptional story featuring five formidable women, upending the cliche in which the he-man Humphrey Bogart or James Bond gets top billing. This will pull in fans of Feiffer, murder-mystery buffs, and those who like reading about fetching, Forties-era femmes with fatal intent. It's suitable for readers high school and up owing to occasional nudity and sexual innuendo plus violence. [See Prepub Alert, 2/3/14.]-M.C. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.