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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nicole Hollander  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1939 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Hollander received her B. F. A. from the University of Illinois and her M. F. A from Boston University. Her work is included in the Library of Congress cartoon collection and The Cartoon Research Library at Ohio State University. At one time she taught a course in conceptual illustration at Columbia College in Chicago. Nicole still lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nicole Hollander is the woman behind the ''Sylvia'' comic strip and is one of the few female cartoonists whose work has been featured in comic pages throughout the United States. ''Sylvia'' was first published in 1976 and is now an internationally syndicated comic strip distributed by Tribune Media Services and appearing in more than 80 newspapers. She has published numerous Sylvia collections and has also illustrated many books.

Published Works

  • I'm in Training to Be Tall and Blonde, St. Martins Press, 1979
  • That Woman Must Be on Drugs, St. Martins Press, 1981
  • My Weight Is Always Perfect for My Height, Which Varies , St. Martins Press, 1982
  • Sylvia on Sundays , St. Martins Press, 1983
  • Okay! Thinner Thighs for Everyone, St Martins Press, 1984
  • Never Take Your Cat to a Salad Bar, Vintage, 1987
  • You Can't Take It With You, So Eat It Now! Everyday Strategies from Sylvia , Vintage, 1989
  • Tales From The Planet Sylvia , St. Martins Griffin, 1990
  • Whole Enchilada, Trafalgar Square, 1993
  • Female Problems: An Unhelpful Guide, PreviewPort Editions, 2001
  • An ABC of Vice: The Woman's Bedside Companion , Bibliopola, 2003
  • My Cat's Not Fat, He's Just Big-Boned, Sourcebooks Hysteria, 2007
  • Tales of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial , Broadway, 2007
  • The Sylvia Chronicles: 30 Years of Graphic Misbehavior from Reagan to Obama , The New Press, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

I'm in training to be tall and blonde /
ISBN: 0312401655. OCLC Number:

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"During the 1970s, [Nicole Hollander] was the graphic designer of a feminist publication, 'The Spokeswoman,' where she had the opportunity to transform the newsletter into a monthly magazine. While designing pages, she occasionally added her own political illustrations. Around 1978, she created a comic strip, 'The Feminist Funnies,' later introducing the character who became Sylvia. Selections from 'The Feminist Funnies' appeared as a calendar, 'Witches, Pigs and Fairy Godmothers: The 1978 Feminist Funnies Appointment Calendar,' and in her 1979 book, 'I'm in Training to Be Tall and Blonde.' The book's success led Field Newspaper Syndicate to distribute Sylvia to newspapers as a daily comic strip starting in 1981"--Wikipedia, March 18, 2019.

That woman must be on drugs :
ISBN: 0312795106. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. ©1981.

My weight is always perfect for my height--which varies :
ISBN: 0312558619. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. ©1982.

Sylvia on Sundays /
ISBN: 0312781857. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. ©1983.

Okay, thinner thighs for everyone /
ISBN: 0312583168. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. ©1984.

Never take your cat to a salad bar :
ISBN: 0394755588. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1987.

You can't take it with you, so eat it now :
ISBN: 067972236x. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1989.

Tales from the planet Sylvia /
ISBN: 0312051662. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 1990.

The whole enchilada :
ISBN: 0747516197. OCLC Number:

Bloomsbury,. London :. 1993.

Female problems :
ISBN: 1589100379. OCLC Number:

PreviewPort Editions,. Chicago, IL :. 2001, ©1995.

The ABC of vice :
ISBN: 0939883112. OCLC Number:

Bibliopola Press, UConn Co-op ;. Storrs, CT :. ©2003.

My cat's not fat, he's just big-boned /
ISBN: 1402208618. OCLC Number:

Hysteria,. Naperville, IL :. ©2007.

Tales of graceful aging from the planet denial /
ISBN: 0767926536. OCLC Number:

Broadway Books,. New York :. ©2007.

The creator of the syndicated comic strip "Sylvia" offers a wisecracking look at aging and the important decisions that one must confront in one's mature years, covering such topics as senior citizen discounts, plastic surgery, and living forever.

The Sylvia chronicles :
ISBN: 1595584943. OCLC Number:

The New Press,. New York :. [2010]

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