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Nick Bruel Collection

Identifier: CLRC-2274

Scope and Contents

Contains one gouache, watercolor, and ink painting by Nick Bruel. The item features "Bad Kitty" wearing a safety pin in his ear, with the text "They're going to have to come through me." The painting was created as a statement on bullying and support after the 2016 presidential election. The safety pin was adopted by some as a symbol of support for minority groups after the election of Donald Trump.


  • Creation: 2016


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Nick Bruel was born December 9, 1978 in Tarrytown, New York. He is an author and illustrator best known for his "Bad Kitty" series of picture books. He lives in Tarrytown, New York.


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Contains one painting by Nick Bruel

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Kerlan Friends, purchased from the American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression (ABFE) auction in June 2017.

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Genre / Form


Nick Bruel Collection, 2016
Caitlin Marineau
June 2017
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Revision Statements

  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library