Bruce Eric Kaplan - Bio and Creative Works

Bruce Eric Kaplan

SCREENWRITER
Born
1964-09-09
Age
58
Citizenship
United States of America
Place of Birth
United States of America
Full TV/Movie Credits
Bio

Bruce Eric Kaplan is an American cartoonist whose single-panel cartoons frequently appear in The New Yorker. His cartoons are known for their signature simple style and often dark humor. Kaplan is also a screenwriter and has worked on Seinfeld and on Six Feet Under. Kaplan wove his New Yorker cartooning into Seinfeld with the episode, "The Cartoon." He graduated from Wesleyan University and studied there with Professor Jeanine Basinger. - Wikipedia

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BOOK • 2015

by Bruce Eric Kaplan

An illustrated memoir by renowned New Yorker cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan.

“If The Little Prince had crash-landed, instead of in the Sahara, into a middle-class Jewish home in Maplewood, N.J. in the late 1960s, it might feel something like I Was a Child.”—The Hollywood Reporter

 
Bruce Eric Kaplan, also known as BEK, is one of the most celebrated and admired cartoonists in America. I Was a Child is the story of his childhood in suburban New Jersey, detailing the small moments we all experience: going to school, playing with friends, family dinners, watching TV on a hot summer night, and so on. It would seem like a conventional childhood, although Kaplan's anecdotes are accompanied by his signature drawings of family outings and life at home-road trips, milk crates, hamsters, ashtrays, a toupee, a platypus, and much more. Kaplan's cartoons, although simple, are never straightforward; they encompass an easy irony and dark humor that often cuts straight to the truth of experience. Brilliantly relatable and genuinely moving, I Was a Child is about our attempts to understand the mysteries that are our parents, our families, and ourselves.

BOOK • 2011

by Bruce Eric Kaplan

It’s a terrible world out there and we all know it. But now that we have this delightful picture book for adults by famed New Yorker cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan, it’s just a little bit better.

In these pages you will discover a unique story of two people, one graduation speech, and many things you may or may not need to know. This wise and wonderful book is the perfect gift for any graduate. In fact, we promise that anyone who reads it will be enthralled, inspired, moved, amused, and most important, will learn the secret to having a deeply fulfilling life. Results are 100 percent guaranteed but completely beside the point.

BOOK • 2007

by Bruce Eric Kaplan

One Sunday afternoon, an ordinary couple named Edmund and Rosemary decide to go for a walk in their Brooklyn neighborhood. Within moments, they are plunged into a wonderful, nerve-racking, hilarious, unique adventure that begins with a cell phone and ends in a jungle halfway around the world.

In Edmund and Rosemary Go to Hell, famed New Yorker cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan uses his trademark incisive wit to explore what it is that prevents us from seeing all that we have. By turns wickedly funny and oddly touching, this provocative and ultimately hopeful picture book for adults will appeal to anyone who has ever been stuck in traffic or, more to the point, stuck inside themselves.

BOOK • 2005

by Bruce Eric Kaplan

Every Person On The Planet tells the delightful story of Edmund and Rosemary, an average couple who lead an uneventful life, and what happens when one fateful day they decide to throw a party for the holidays. As their guest list becomes longer and longer, they become paralyzed with the fear of forgetting anyone. So naturally, there's only one thing to do--they invite every person on the planet. They never expect that the whole world will show. But what happens when the whole world does?
Every Person On The Planet is hilarious, touching, thoughtful, and uniquely beautiful. We think this is an altogether perfect book and you will too.

BOOK • 2004

by Bruce Eric Kaplan

In this brilliant new cartoon collection, Bruce Eric Kaplan examines the lives and loves of anxious housewives, mournful insects, crabby senior citizens, self-righteous toddlers, bitter sheep, and befuddled businessmen, among others. If you are one of the above, or know anyone who is, or ever hope to be one yourself, this book is for you.

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