Pulitzer Prize-winning Artist/Illustrator Art Spiegelman to Speak at Columbia University

NEW YORK, November 21, 2008 The Friends of the Columbia Libraries are pleased to co-sponsor an evening of conversation with Art Spiegelman, cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the graphic novel Maus. Spiegelman will speak in his engaging, brilliant way about comics with David Hadju, Associate Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the author of the recent book on comics, The Ten-Cent Plague, among others. The event will take place on Monday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m. at the Altschul Auditorium, 417 International Affairs Building on Columbia University’s Morningside Campus, and is free and open to the public.


Art Spiegelman is an American comics artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics. In 1992 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus — which portrayed 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. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content.

His most recent work includes a new edition of the 1978 anthology, Breakdowns (Fall 2008); it includes an autobiographical comix-format introduction almost as long as the book itself, entitled Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!. In 2005, Art Spiegelman was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. He was named to the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame in 2006.

The event is co-sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities. For the location of the International Affairs Building, visit this site: www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/international_affairs.html. No tickets or registration are necessary; seating is on a first come, first served basis.

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