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Rutu Modan


Rutu Modan

Rutu Modan was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, 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 Mad Magazine.

Modan has frequently collaborated with the acclaimed Israeli writer Etgar Keret, and provided illustrations for his book Dad Runs away with the Circus (Candlewick Press, 2004).   

Her first graphic novel, Exit Wounds (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 Jamilti (Drawn & Quarterly, 2008), a collection of her earlier graphic short stories.

Her children’s picture book Maya at the Palace will be published by TOON Books in 2012, and she is currently at work on her next graphic novel, a comedy in which an elderly Israeli woman travels to Warsaw to reclaim her family’s apartment, lost during WWII, while secretly hoping to meet the Polish lover of her youth.

Modan lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and two children.

Articles by Rutu Modan

February 2011 International Graphic Novels Volume V War Rabbit Rutu Modan And Igal Sarna Page Thumbnail