Sept. 26, 2011 | 7:02 a.m.
The graphic novel is still a relatively young medium but it does have its enduring classics. If you wanted to assemble a bookshelf of essential graphic novels, for instance, there are three 1980s works you would certainly reach for: “The Dark Knight Returns,” “Watchmen” and the first volume of Art Spiegelman’s “Maus: A Survivor’s History.” The only comic book to win a Pulitzer Prize, Spiegelman’s “Maus” epic (volume one was published in 1986, volume two in 1991) stands as the most acclaimed work in the history of sequential-art storytelling and yet, somehow, it still feels underrated. To consider the heritage and legacy of “Maus,” writer-artist Spiegelman returns to his signature work Oct. 4 with the release of Pantheon’s 300-page hardcover “MetaMaus: A Look Inside A Modern Classic, Maus,” which comes with a companion DVD. Take a look at this trailer for the new project. […]
June 23, 2009 | 7:38 p.m.
I always find something interesting on Heidi MacDonald’s fine blog The Beat and today it was a link to a new Art Spiegelman piece that’d I’m awful glad I didn’t miss. It’s called the “St. Louis Refugee Ship Blues“ and it ran in the Washington Post, and instead of trying to read the small print below (as if you could) you should go and check it out on that paper’s website as a Flash program or large static page. You can find it right here. –Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Art Spiegelman’s grim psychedelic years Art Spiegelman: “As soon as you try to tell the truth, you’re always lying” “A.D.” and Katrina: After the flood Michael Chabon and writers “who can dwell between worlds” Images courtesy of Art Spiegelman.
Nov. 28, 2008 | 4:11 p.m.
A holiday weekend edition of Everyday Hero, your handpicked headlines from the fanboy universe… Art for Art’s sake: This has been the year of the long-view Art Spiegelman interview, no surprise considering the release of his early-career survey "Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!" and the retrospective reflex it inspires in journalists. The latest one I’ve seen is by Tom Gatti, and although there is a odd dearth of quotes (maybe Gatti didn’t get much time with the Pulitzer Prize winner?) there are some insightful descriptions of Spiegelman’s long, strange pen-and-ink odyssey, like this one: "More attractive was the countercultural attitude of ‘The East Village Other,’ and Spiegelman approached the editor, who wanted strips about sex and drugs. ‘I knew little about either, so I enrolled at Harpur College, New York State, and set out to find […]
Oct. 12, 2008 | 6:08 p.m.
Art Spiegelman is in Los Angeles today and has three appearances at events with very different vibes. At 11 a.m., he’ll be at Storyopolis (14945 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks), with his new early-reader comic “Jack and the Box.” Then, at 2 p.m., he’ll be at the Silent Movie Theatre (611 N. Fairfax Ave.) to introduce a screening of Tod Browning’s 1932 cult-classic “Freaks.” Finally, the Pulitzer Prize winner will be at Family Bookstore (436 N. Fairfax Ave) to sign “Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!,” a newly reissued and expanded collection of his work in underground comix during the 1970s. Spiegelman is a truly vital figure in illustrated storytelling in modern America, and like his appearance schedule in L.A. today, the career of the 60-year-old artist has been a restless odyssey in unexpected directions. To get some […]