Rutu Modan was born in Tel Aviv in 1966. After graduating from the distinguished Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, she began regularly writing and illustrating comic strips and stories for Israel’s leading daily newspapers, as well as co-editing the Israeli edition of <em>Mad Magazine</em>. With Yirmi Pinkus, she was a co-founder of the Actus Tragicus alternative comics collective in 1995. A widely published illustrator, Modan contributes to magazines and books around the world, including <em>The New York Times</em>, <em>The New Yorker</em>, <em>Le Monde</em>, and many others. Two of her comics series have appeared in <em>The New York Times</em>: “Mixed Emotions” appeared as a monthly comics blog in 2007, and “The Murder of the Terminal Patient” appeared as a weekly serial in <em>The New York Times Magazine</em> in 2008.</p>
Modan has frequently collaborated with the acclaimed Israeli writer Etgar Keret, and provided illustrations for his book <em>Dad Runs away with the Circus</em> (Candlewick Press, 2004). </p>
Her first graphic novel, <em>Exit Wounds </em>(Drawn & Quarterly, 2007), a haunting story about the unidentified victim of a suicide bombing, and two people who struggle to learn his identity, won the 2008 Will Eisner Award for best graphic novel of the year. This was followed by <em>Jamilti</em> (Drawn & Quarterly, 2008), a collection of her earlier graphic short stories.</p>
Modan lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and three children.