Rutu Modan

Winner of an Eisner Award, the greatest accolade in the American comics industry, she is a reference point on an international level in the field of graphic novels.

Rutu Modan. © Ephrat Beloossesky

Rutu Modan (Tel Aviv, 1966) graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design of Jerusalem and started publishing cartoon strips and illustrations in the main newspapers in her country. In 1996, she collaborated with Etgar Keret to produce her first graphic novel, לא באנו ליהנות (‘Nobody Said it Was Going to Be Fun’, Keter, 1996), which was a bestseller in Is Israel. In 2008, she won the Eisner Award for the Best Graphic Album Exit Wounds, (Drawn and Quarterly, 2007) and was nominated for the Ignatz Awards. Rutu Modan is also author of Jamilti and Other Stories (Drawn and Quarterly, 2008), The Property (Drawn and Quarterly, 2013) and various illustrated books for children.

Modan teaches at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, is co-publisher of the Israeli edition of MAD Magazine and co-founder of Actus Tragicus, an alternative collective of comics artists and independent publisher. She is currently a contributor to various international newspapers, including The New YorkerLe Monde and The New York Times, where she had two series: Mixed Emotions and The Murder of the Terminal Patient.

Update: 19/12/2016