In the early 1980s, after having graduated from the Pratt Institute, Paul 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... show more
In the early 1980s, after having graduated from the Pratt Institute, Paul 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 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". It has been translated into more than a dozen languages and 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 recent 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, a cartoonist whom cartoonist R. Crumb called "a twisted dude."Paul Karasik's gag cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker.