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Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman is the author of numerous comics and graphic novels, including the seminal Maus, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. His newest work, portions of which appeared in VQR, is Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!, forthcoming from Pantheon this October. His cover for this issue is his fourth for VQR since 2004.


Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@?*! (Installment #1)

Fall 2005 | Multimedia

This was also the very first piece toward the graphic novel that fourteen years later would become the Pulitzer Prize–winning Maus. In the time intervening, Spiegelman, more than any other single artist or writer, would transform the world of comic books. He turned a child’s diversion into serious literature and in the process invented a new genre—the American graphic novel. Though it could be argued that Will Eisner fathered the form, Spiegelman created its idiom, its pace, its visual style, and most importantly, he recognized its subject—the self. More than anyone else, Spiegelman brought comix from the underground to the mainstream.


The Sky Is Falling, the Sky Is Falling!

Fall 2004 | Memoir

Everyone around the world with access to a television set saw the cataclysmic destruction of the World Trade Center towers, saw it in constant replay, burning—and burning itself into our collective retina. I saw it that way too, but first saw it unmediated. On September 11th my wife, Françoise Mouly, and I had just stepped out of our Lower Manhattan home. Those towers had been our taken-for-granted neighbors, always picture-postcard visible a mile south of our front stoop. That morning, out of the very clear, very blue sky, a plane roared right over our heads and smashed into the first tower.