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Art Spiegelman

February 18-19, 2008

February 19 Discussion

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Bio

Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. In 1992 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his Holocaust narrative Maus, which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the story of his parents' survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content. Spiegelman believes that in our post-literate culture the importance of the comic is on the rise. "Comics echo the way the brain works," he says.

Spiegelman was a staff artist and writer at The New Yorker from 1993 to 2003. He has published the Little Lit series and other comics anthologies for children. In 2004 he completed a two-year cycle of broadsheet-sized color comics pages, In the Shadow of No Towers, which was selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the year's 100 Notable Books. In 2005, Spiegelman was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. The Los Angeles Times has written that Spiegelman's illustrations "are meant not just to be plainly understood but also to reach up and tattoo your eyeballs with images once unimaginable ... Art Spiegelman's cartoons don't fool around."

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