Ivan Brunetti was born in a small town in Italy on October 3, 1967. At the tender age of 8, he moved from his grandparents farm in Italy to the industrial South Side of Chicago; he has lived in this fair city ever since, rarely venturing outside of its bittersweet confines.
He has worked as a fast-food cook, dishwasher, political canvasser, telemarketer, parking-ticket giver-outer, truck-loader, information-desk guy, technical draftsman, janitor, production assistant, proofreader, copyeditor, and web designer. Recently, he has taught at the University of Chicago, and he is currently an instructor at Columbia College Chicago.
In 2005, he curated The Cartoonist's Eye, an exhibit of 75 artists work, for the A+D Gallery of Columbia College Chicago; the exhibit was a preview for An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories (Yale University Press, 2006), which he edited. A second volume of the Anthology was published in Fall 2008.
In addition to all of the above, he has contributed covers, comics, and illustrations for the New Yorker, as well as cartoons for The Chicago Reader (and a handful of other alternative weekly newspapers), The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Mother Jones, Fast Company, The Baffler, The Comics Journal, In These Times, and (inexplicably) Scooby-Doo. His comics have been featured in McSweeney's Number 13 as well as Houghton-Mifflin's Best American Comics 2006 and 2007.
To date, Fantagraphics Books has published four issues of his comic book series, Schizo, and a collection of inexcusable material, entitled Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti, which featured material from his out-of-print books, Haw! and its miniature companion, Hee! Moreover, in 2007 Fantagraphics published Misery Loves Comedy, which collected the first three issues of Schizo as well as a host of early and obscure work.
In 2011, Yale University press will publish a revised and expanded edition of Mr. Brunetti's Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice (originally published by Buenaventura Press in 2007).
In 2008, he drew a comic-strip sequence for the city of Las Vegas, on the theme of "Thirst," for The Aerial Gallery, which consisted of fifty banners along Las Vegas Boulevard.
For more biographical information about Mr. Brunetti as well as his various "theories" about everything, please consult both his interview in issue 264 of The Comics Journal, published by Fantagraphics Books, and In The Studio, edited by Todd Hignite and published by Yale University Press (2006).
Mr. Brunetti's comics have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Czech, Dutch, Swedish, Greek, and French.
He lives in Chicago with his wife and two cats.