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A Year in Comics - February 15th

Maus/ In The Shadow Of No Towers

Arthur 'Art' Spiegelman was born on February 15th 1948 in Stockholm, Sweden, as the son of Holocaust survivors Władysław 'Vladek' and Andzia 'Anna' Spiegelman.  Immigrating to the United States in his early childhood, Spiegelman studied cartooning in high school and turned professional at the age of sixteen.  After leaving college in 1968, he joined the underground comix movement.

During the 1970s, he became a regular contrigutor to various underground publications, drawing numarous creations under a variety of pseudonyms.  He also co-founded the Arcade comics revue, and edited several comix magazines, such as Raw which was founded by himself and his wife Françoise Mouly in 1980.

However, Art Spiegelman will forever be associated with the publication Maus, based on the experiences of his parents, Polish Jews, during the Holocaust.  First published in a raw form in 1972, Spiegelman expanded the original premise into a full-blown graphic novel, Maus: A Survivor's Tale, between 1980 and 1986, depicting the Jews as mice and the Nazis as cats.  It was completed in 1991 with Maus II: From Mauschwitz to the Catskills.  For his work, Art Spiegelman was awarded the 1992 Pullitzer Prize, the first time this prize was awarded to a graphic novel. During the 1990s,he illustrated books as well as making covers for The New Yorker, and also worked on Little Lit, a children's comics anthology.

Living in New York City, close to the World Trade Center, Art Spiegelman suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following the September 11th 2001 attacks.  As a response to the trauma, he created the Sunday page format story In The Shadow Of No Towers, which originally serialized in the German newspaper Die Zeit, as no major American outlet wanted to print it.

Art Spiegelman's influence on the comics genre has been recognised world-wide.  Other than the 1992 Pulitzer Prize, he also won the 2011 Angoulême International Comics Festival's Grand Prix, and was awarded with a knighthood in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French State in 2005.


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February 14th - Twin Spica by kanyiko <- February 14th -- other February 15th entries   February 15th - Willy Vandersteen by kanyiko  February 15th - Matt Groening by kanyiko -- February 16th ->  February 16th - Sika by kanyiko
burstlion Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An interesting career!
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