Rutu Modan

Liza Donnelly

Liza Donnelly
In Conversation
Liza Donnelly with Rutu Modan

September 17, 2013  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a conversation with award-winning cartoonists Liza Donnelly and Rutu Modan.




$15 non-members, $10 members, $7 students/seniors


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Liza Donnelly is a contract cartoonist with The New Yorker Magazine, where she has been drawing cartoons about culture and politics for over thirty years. She is also a weekly columnist and cartoonist for, specializing in politics and women’s rights. And for three years, Donnelly has been drawing a weekly cartoon on gender issues and women’s rights for the news site Women’s Enews.

Donnelly is a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department, traveling around the world speaking about freedom of speech, cartoons and women’s rights. As a public speaker, Donnelly has also spoken at TED (Technology Entertainment and Design), the United Nations, and The New Yorker Festival, the Thurber House, and the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists annual convention. Donnelly was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC and BetterTV, and has been interviewed on radio and in numerous magazines, newspapers and online. Donnelly’s cartoons and commentary can be seen on various websites: the;;;;;; Her work has appeared in print publications, including The New York Times, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The Nation and The Harvard Business Review; and her cartoons have been exhibited around the world.

Donnelly is the author/editor of fifteen books. Her most recent book is When Do They Serve The Wine? The Folly, Flexibility and Fun of Being a Woman. She also wrote Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons, a history of the women who drew cartoons for the magazine, Sex and Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love in 200 Cartoons and Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony with the New Yorker’s Cartooning Couple (with Michael Maslin). Donnelly’s new book is titled Women On Men, due out in 2013.


In the area of childrens’ books, Donnelly wrote and illustrated seven books for Scholastic, Inc. They are: Dinosaur Day, Dinosaur Beach, Dinosaurs’ Halloween, Dinosaur Garden, Dinosaur Thanksgiving, Dinosaur Christmas, Dinosaurs’ Valentine. The series sold over two million copies.

Rutu Modan was born in Tel-Aviv in 1966. In 1992 she graduated cum laude from the illustration program at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Shortly after graduating, she began regularly writing and illustrating comic strips and stories for Israel's leading daily newspapers, as well as editing the Israeli edition of MAD magazine with Yirmi Pinkus. Together, they founded Actus Tragicus, an internationally acclaimed collective and independent publishing house for alternative comic artists, in 1995. The following year she collaborated with Israeli author Etgar Keret on her first graphic novel, Nobody Said it Was Going to Be Fun, an Israeli bestseller. Rutu has worked as an illustrator for magazines and books in Israel and abroad, with illustrations published in The New York Times, New Yorker and Le Monde, among many other renowned publications.

She has received much recognition for her work, including four Best Illustrated Children's Book Awards from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The Israel Ministry of Culture named Rutu Modan the Young Artist of the Year in 1997, and she was one of the contributors to the Eisner-Nominated Actus Tragicus anthology Jet Lag in 1999. In 2001 she won the Andersen Award for Illustration from the International Board on Books for Young People in Basel, Switzerland, and was nominated for the Ignatz Award for Best Story and Promising New Talent for her story "Bygone" in Flipper, Vol. 2 (Actus Tragicus / Top Shelf.) She has been a chosen artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation since 2005, and in 2006 she was nominated for the Angoulême Festival's Goccini Award, granted to a scriptwriter whose past year's work deserves special praise.

Drawn & Quarterly published Rutu's first solo graphic novel Exit Wounds simultaneously with publishers in England, France, Italy and Spain. It received much critical acclaim, and was named "Best Comic of the Year" by Entertainment Weekly and The Mercury News, and included in "Best Of" lists from Time, The Washington Post, The Oklahoman, Heeb, Publisher's Weekly, and New York Magazine. It was also nominated for a Quill Award for best graphic novel.

Rutu has taught comics and illustration at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and she lives in Tel-Aviv with her family.


This lecture is in partnership with Israel's Office of Cultural Affairs