Trevor Alixopulos

Cartoonist and illustrator
(Updated on 10/27/2014)
The Hot Breath of War, Trevor Alixopulos

Alixopulos published The Hot Breath of War in 2008 with Sparkplug Comics. This graphic novel features a series of stories that deal with an array of emotions going from passion to aggression, explores the question of war from multiple perspectives (the victim/ the spectator/ the participant) and questions the "euphemisms and symbols we use as incantations for conflict."

The Hot Breath of Warwas nominated for Outstanding Graphic Novel in the 2008 Ignatz Awards and featured on's "Top 100 Comics of the Decade." Besides his graphic novels for Sparkplug, he has contributed comics and art to the Los Angeles Review of Books, Studygroup Magazine, Playboy, 7 Stories Press and Scout Books.

Alixopulos's art has been featured at RGB Gallery, Giant Robot New York, the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Gallery of Sea & Heaven, ANTHEM Magazine and STUDIO Gallery.

Trevor Alixopulos's most recent work includes an adaptation of  William Golding's Lord of the Flies, from Seven Stories Press' Graphic Canon anthology.


Alixopulos, speaking about his art, explains:  "In my comics, I take a particular interest in how icon and narrative interact and swap roles. My stories usually explore broad social themes while using comicsy visual grammar to evoke the interior and the individual. I like how comics stake out a common zone of understanding and also expose where understanding breaks down. I'm most comfortable in the profane realm of the cartoon, where the word won't go; where language becomes sign, visual joke, sigil and heraldry.

Visit Trevor Alixopulos's website
Read one of his comics from the recent issue of Studygroup Magazine


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