Nora Krug, an associate professor of Illustration at Parsons, recently received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators for Kamikaze, a biographic comic about a Japanese World War II Kamikaze pilot who unexpectedly survived his mission and later became a peace activist in Japan. It is currently on view through January 22 at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators as part of their annual illustration exhibition.
Kamikaze is part of a series of biographical comics by Krug in which she tells the stories of people whose lives were impacted by political circumstances. Another comic from the series, Fukutsu, won a gold medal from the Society in 2007; Fukutsu is about a Japanese World War II soldier who hid in the Philippine jungle for 29 years.
Krug’s illustrations have appeared in publications including the New York Times, The Guardian, and Le Monde Diplomatique. Her work has been recognized by the New York Art Director’s Club and American Illustration , and has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and Ars Electronica. The Belgian publisher Bries recently published her graphic novel, Red Riding Hood Redux; this month, Penguin/Putnam is publishing her illustrated children’s book, My Cold Went on Vacation. For more information, visit Krug’s website.