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Art Spiegelman
Art Spiegelman

Past Events: Comix 911, 101 (2001); Those %@#$! Danish Cartoons (with Daniel Raeburn and Joe Sacco, 2006)

Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus, portraying Jews as mice and Nazis as cats.  Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. Rejecting his parents’ hopes that he would become a dentist, Spiegelman studied cartooning in high school and began drawing professionally at age sixteen. He studied art and philosophy at Harpur College before becoming part of the underground comix subculture in the 1960s. As creative consultant for Topps Bubble Gum from 1965 through 1987, Spiegelman created such novelties as the Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids trading cards. In 1980, Spiegelman founded the avant-garde comics magazine RAW with his wife, Françoise Mouly. The two co-edited Little Lit, a series of comics anthologies for children. They publish a series of early readers called Toon Books—picture books in comics format. Spiegelman’s work has been published in many periodicals, including The New Yorker, where he was a staff artist and writer 1993 through 2003; much of this work has been collected in Kisses from New York.

In 2004, Spiegelman completed the highly political In the Shadow of No Towers in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. First published in a number of European newspapers and magazines including Die Zeit and The London Review of Books, these highly political works have since been released in book form.

A 2008 edition of Spiegelman's 1978 anthology Breakdowns includes an autobiographical comix-format introduction, Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!, almost as long as the book itself. He has recently written a children’s book, Jack and the Box, and a collection of three of his sketchbooks, Be a Nose.

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