|Born||1956 (age 58–59)
|Area(s)||Cartoonist, Writer, Editor|
|City of Glass: The Graphic Novel
The Ride Together: A Memoir of Autism in the Family
I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets
"You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!"
|Awards||Eisner Award, 2008|
Paul Karasik (born 1956) is an American cartoonist, editor, and teacher, notable for his contributions to such works as City of Glass: The Graphic Novel, The Ride Together: A Memoir of Autism in the Family, and I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets.
In the early 1980s, after having graduated from the Pratt Institute, Karasik studied briefly at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he was a student of Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, and Art Spiegelman.
In 1981, Spiegelman, with his wife, Françoise Mouly, invited Karasik to become associate editor of their seminal international comics and graphics revue, RAW. While serving in this position (until 1985), Karasik co-edited Bad News with fellow cartoonist Mark Newgarden,which ran work by many of the RAW cartoonists, including Kim Deitch, Ben Katchor, Richard McGuire, and Jerry Moriarty.
In 1994 Karasik collaborated with David Mazzucchelli to adapt Paul Auster’s novel City of Glass into a full-length comic. This adaptation was cited by The Comics Journal as one of the "100 Best Comics of the 20th Century". Translated into more than a dozen languages, the graphic novel has been exhibited in Italy. It was excerpted in The Norton Anthology of Post-Modern American Fiction.
Karasik's book, The Ride Together: A Memoir of Autism in the Family (2004), co-written with his sister, Judy Karasik, employed the format of alternating prose and comics chapters to tell their story of growing up with an older brother with autism. The Ride Together was named the Best Literary Work of the Year by the Autism Society of America.
Karasik co-edited of Masters of American Comics (2005), the coffee-table companion catalog to the first major American exhibition of comics, co-sponsored by the Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
His anthology highlighting the work of the (previously) obscure Golden Age cartoonist Fletcher Hanks, I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets (Fantagraphics, 2007), won a 2008 Eisner Award, the highest honor in the industry. A second volume, You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation (Fantagraphics, 2009), when combined with the first, comprises the complete works of Fletcher Hanks.
Also a teacher, Karasik has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of Visual Arts in the United States, and abroad at the EESI school in Angouleme, France, The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, and, at the Scuola Internazionale di Comics in Rome and Florence, Italy. He has given workshops and lectured at The Center for Cartoon Studies, and given writing seminars at Bennington College, American University, Princeton University, Penn State,and Wheaton College.
- Paul Auster's City of Glass (Avon Books, August 1994) [re-issued 2004] ISBN 0-380-77108-X
- The Ride Together: A Memoir of Autism in the Family (Washington Square Press, September 14, 2004) ISBN 0-7434-2337-2
- I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets (Fantagraphics, 2007) ISBN 1-56097-839-2
- You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation (Fantagraphics, 2009) ISBN 1-60699-160-4
- Kartalopoulos, Bill. "Coffee with Paul Karasik," Indy magazine (Spring 2004).
- Karasik profile, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
- "The Top 100 English-Language Comics of the Century," (#45) The Comics Journal #210 (February 1999).
- Lash, Elissa. "Galleries: Laugh Lines," Martha's Vineyard Times (December 24, 2008).
- "2008 Eisner Awards: Complete List of Eisner Award Winners:" Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books, San Diego Comic-Con International website.
- Karasik profile, Lambiek.net's Comiclopedia