28th Festival

Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and immigrated to the United States with his parents in his early childhood, growing up in Queens, N.Y. He started drawing professionally at age 16 and despite his parents wanting him to become a dentist, he majored in art and philosophy in college. He later taught the history and aesthetics of comics at the School for the Visual Arts in New York and became a regular contributor to various underground publications. Under a variety of pseudonyms like Joe Cutrate, Skeeter Grant and Al Flooglebuckle, he drew creations such as Ace Hole, Midget Detective and Nervous Rex. In 1975, he and Bill Griffith co-founded Arcade, an influential comix revue with artists like Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson and Justin Green. In 1980, he started the magazine Raw with his wife, Franqoise Mouly. His graphic novels Maus: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II: From Mauschwitz to the Catskills were based on the experiences of his parents as concentration camp survivors, with the Jews presented as mice and the Germans as cats (the Katzies). They collectively received the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. In the wake of the disaster of September 11, 2001, Spiegelman has made a Sunday page format story about the terrorist assault on the World Trade Center in New York, called "In the Shadow of No Towers." The book version, published in 2004, was a New York Times bestseller and selected as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004.

[extracted from 2005 brochure]

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