Lines On Paper Artist Bio - PETER KUPER

PETER KUPER’s work appears regularly in Time, Newsweek, The New YorkerThe Washington Post, The Nation, The Village Voice, and Mad, where he has written and illustrated “Spy vs. Spy” every issue since 1997. He is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated, a political comix magazine now in it’s 41st year of publication. He has produced over two dozen books including Sticks and Stones (winner of The Society of Illustrators gold medal), The System, Diario de Oaxaca, Ruins (winner of the 2016 Eisner Award) and adaptations of many of Franz Kafka's works into comics including The Metamorphosis. His most recent graphic novels include Kafkaesque (winner of the 2018 Rueben award) andan adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

Peter has written and illustrated many books, including ComicsTrips, a journal of the artist's eight month journey through Africa and Southeast Asia. An inveterate traveler, he has also made lengthy stays in Europe, Central America, the Mideast, Mexico, New Guinea, and Cleveland. Other works include Stripped - An Unauthorized Autobiography, and The System, a wordless graphic novel. He has also done adaptations of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, and Give It Up, adapting nine Franz Kafka short stories. His most recent books include Topsy Turvy, a collection of his political comic strips Mind's Eye, an Eye of the Beholder collection and Speechless, a coffee table art book covering his career. In 1979, Kuper co-founded the political comix magazine World War 3 Illustrated with Seth Tobocman and remains on its editorial board to this day.

Kuper taught a course on alternative comics at the School of Visual Arts in New York for nine years and is also an art director of INX, a political illustration group syndicated by United Feature.

Rolling Stone named him Comic Book Artist of the Year in 1995 and he has won awards from American Illustration, Print, Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts, among others. His comics have been translated into German, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish and Greek and his artwork has been exhibited around the world.

Peter has lectured extensively and has taught comics and illustration courses at Parsons, and The School of Visual Arts and Harvard University’s first class dedicated to graphic novels. He is the 2020-21 Jean Strouse Fellow at The New York Public Library’s Cullman Center.

Peter Kuper website


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