Brunetti at "Lines on Paper" panel, Chicago 2012
|Born||October 3, 1967
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. The strip bears no relation to the 2007 Fantagraphics Books collection of the same name, which collects the first three issues of Schizo in their entirety, along with additional material contributed to various other publications during the same time period.
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.
- Schizo #1 (Fantagraphics, 1994)
- Schizo #2 (Fantagraphics, 1996)
- Haw! Horrible, Horrible Cartoons by Ivan Brunetti, (Fantagraphics, 2001)
- 32 Drunks, (Self-published mini-comic, 2001)
- Schizo #3 (Fantagraphics, 1998; second printing 2003)
- Hee! Yet More Horrible Cartoons, (Fantagraphics, 2005)
- Schizo #4 (Fantagraphics, 2006)
- Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice (Yale University Press, 2011)
- Aesthetics: A Memoir (Yale University Press, 2013)
Collected editions 
- Misery Loves Comedy (Fantagraphics, 2007)
- Ho! (Fantagraphics, 2007)
Anthologies (as editor) 
- An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, & True Stories (Yale University Press, 2006)
- An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, & True Stories, Volume 2 (Yale University Press, 2008)
New Yorker Covers 
- January 8, 2007
- May 7, 2007
- March 2, 2009
- September 7, 2009
- January 4, 2010
- February 15 & 22"
- November 1, 2010
- May 31, 2010
- March 19, 2012
- David Wilton, Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends, (Oxford University Press, 2004)
- Cover art for Tomahawk's album Oddfellows.
- Cover art for Patton Oswalt's album My Weakness Is Strong.
- The Ivan Brunetti Interview at Comic Book Galaxy
- Ivan Brunetti interviewed in The Comics Journal #264 (2004)
- Ivan Brunetti Interview on the Yale Press Log