Jules Feiffer is known for his work as a graphic novelist, a cartoonist, a screenwriter, a novelist, and a playwright – although among comics fans he is perhaps best known as Will Eisner’s long-time assistant on, and oft-time writer of, The Spirit. But in the outside world, he might very well be best known as the illustrator of Norton Juster’s children’s classic, The Phantom Tollbooth.
Now that a half century has passed, Feiffer and Juster are finishing up their second project together. Titled The Odious Ogre, it is scheduled to be released by Scholastic Books next year at this time.
Feiffer told Publisher’s Weekly he’s had a blast. “The one thing I will say is that, in relation to the
other characters, he is possibly the biggest ogre in captivity,”
Feiffer said. “He was great fun to draw, though—more fun for me than
for the ogre.” He did the illustrations in pen and ink
brush with colored markers, gouache “and anything else I could think
of. It’s my new way of working, which I love.”
Feiffer and Juster are planning their third collaboration for release in 2060.