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Auction Ends: Dec 21, 2012 10:00 PM EST


Original Comic by Cult Cartoonist Ivan Brunetti

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Estimated Value
$750 USD
Opening Bid
$300 USD

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Item Description

Artwork for "Breakfast in America" by cult comic hero and frequent New Yorker cover artist Ivan Brunetti. Up for auction is the original, ink drawing for Brunetti's "Breakfast in America," which appeared in the July 20, 2012 issue of The Guardian. 

  • 15 1/2"x18"
  • India ink on bristol board 
  • Signed by the artist 

Ivan Brunetti (born Mondavio, Italy, October 3, 1967) is an American cartoonist and comics scholar based in Chicago, Illinois.

Noted for combining blackly humorous taboo-laden subject matter with simplified and exaggerated cartoon drawing styles, Brunetti was strongly influenced by Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts. His best known comic work is collected in his largely autobiographical series Schizo, of which four issues appeared between 1994 and 2006. Schizo #4 received the 2006 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic of the Year.

He has also produced two collections of gag cartoons, Haw! (2001) and Hee! (2005). He has worked as an illustrator, including cover designs for The New Yorker since 2007. His early work includes also the strip "Misery Loves Comedy," which he created for the University of Chicago newspaper The Maroon while a student there.

In 2005, Brunetti curated The Cartoonist's Eye, an exhibit of 75 artists' work, for the A+D Gallery of Columbia College Chicago. He is also the editor of An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories (2006, Yale University Press). The second and final volume of the anthology was released in October 2008. Brunetti also illustrated the cover of comedian Patton Oswalt's most recent album, My Weakness Is Strong.

He is currently on the faculty of Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches classes on comics, drawing and design.

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Ivan Brunetti