Art Spiegelman

WORDLESS! Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston on the Birth of the Graphic Novel

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On March 13, The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University will present WORDLESS!, a performance by artist, theorist, and historian Art Spiegelman, and American composer Phillip Johnston. The show combines a score composed and performed by Johnston with images curated and discussed by Spiegelman, who will present a tour of early “graphic novels” by artists like Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, and Milt Gross. WORDLESS! will also feature new work by Spiegelman made specifically for this project.
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50 Great Dark Books for the Dark Days of Winter

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We’ve reached the time of year when the days seem impossibly short and the nights never ending. Good if you’re a vampire or like to go to sleep early, less exciting for the rest of us. So what is one to do with all this extra darkness? Well, read some dark books, of course. Because there’s nothing better to cut through the literal gloom than to curl up with some intellectual doom. All you need is a tiny light to see your book by. Read on for 50 gloriously dark novels to read during these dark days. After a while, you may even stop wishing for the light to …Read More

25 Essential Graphic Novels

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Long dismissed as a less serious art form, graphic novels have finally started to gain more mainstream credibility over the last 20 years. There are many, many excellent examples out there, but if you’re looking for a place to start, start here! The world of the graphic novel is one that spans a wide range of authors, artists, styles, and subject matter, and this primer covers all the …Read More

The Greatness of Art Spiegelman’s ‘New Yorker’ Cover Art

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Art Spiegelman’s groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning 1991 masterpiece Maus is the reason why graphic novels like The Watchmen, Persepolis, and Ghost World are talked about today in the same breath as great literary works. But while that book — along with much of the work contained in Drawn and Quarterly’s beautiful and essential new collection, CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps played such a pivotal role in elevating comics to high art, it’s his work drawing covers for The New Yorker over the years that has kept Spiegelman at the forefront of so many major national conversations.
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