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Feb 4 2008

Pulitzer Prize-winning artist/illustrator Art Spiegelman Lecture at SCAD Atlanta Campus

by Nolan R

SpiegelmanjpgHaving been a fan for years of Art Spiegelman and his book Maus, I am ecstatic to tell you that he will be lecturing at SCAD’s (Savannah College of Art and Design) Atlanta campus this Tuesday, February 5th, at 7:30pm.  Yes, folks, that means tomorrow, also known as Super Tuesday!  So get your voting done early and head downtown for this once in a lifetime event.  The lecture is part of the SCAD-Atlanta Writer Series and is happening at 1600 Peachtree St. It’s free and open to the public and free on-site parking is available.  It doesn’t get any easier than that!

From SCAD’s website: In 1992 Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus, which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. The Los Angeles Times calls Spiegelman “…one of the New Yorker’s most sensational artists.” His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, formal complexity and controversial content. In this talk, Spiegelman will trace the history of cartoons from Hogarth to R. Crumb and will consider what he calls “forbidden images,” inspired by the commotion raised over the Danish cartoons of Muhammad in early 2007. He believes that in our post-literate culture the importance of the comic is on the rise, as “comics echo the way our brain works.”

For more information on Spiegelman and his works, check out these links:

Maus

Creative Loafing interview with Spiegelman, published January 30, 2008.

An excellent guide to Maus from LaGuardia Community College / CUNY.  Contains historical information as well as study guides and sample pages from the book.

Maus Resources on the Web includes articles, interviews, and more links.

Harper’s Magazine link for Spiegelman’s June 2006 article about the Danish Muhammad drawings, entitled “Drawing Blood: Outrageous cartoons and the art of outrage”.  The article is not available here unless you subscribe to Harper’s, however.  I also tried to find the article in our GALILEO databases; interestingly enough, while many Harper’s articles are available in full-text, this particular article is only listed as a citation in all the databases I searched.  The Dunwoody Library does have a copy of the magazine in print, while the Decatur Library has back issues of Harper’s on microfilm.

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