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Ms. Hollander’s Opus: The Sylvia Artist Keeps Playing

Nicole Hollander, portraitNicole Hollander, the Chicago-based artist behind the highly praised Sylvia strip, is known for creating the triple threat character: a feminist who is wickedly smart, searingly funny, and fabulously dressed. The perennially relevant, nationally syndicated strip ran in newspapers for 30 years before Hollander retired it in 2008.  While the newest guardian for the Sylvia archives is Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, the Sylvia artist herself, aged 72, continues to make art, to write, and to teach.  Hollander fans will want to snatch up the newest collection of work, The Sylvia Chronicles: 30 Years of Graphic Misbehavior from Reagan to Obama, with a great foreword by Jules Feiffer.  And for those of you who can’t get enough of her sharply worded wit, you’ll find plenty in Hollander’s recent attitude-packed nongraphic book,  Tales of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial. Hollander teaches graphic memoir, fiction, and nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She also writes a blog called Bad Girl Chats six days a week, and, as if that weren’t enough, she has also agreed to be the fairy godmother of inkt|art.  We couldn’t be more pleased.  We will be regularly posting Nicole Hollander’s ideas about art, women, and writing…

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