Author(s): Art Spiegelman
The career of a literary and art comic pioneer. In an art career that now spans six decades, Art Spiegelman has been a groundbreaking and influential figure with a global impact. His Pulitzer Prize-winning holocaust memoir "Maus" established the graphic novel as a legitimate form and inspired countless cartoonists while his shorter works have enormously expanded the expressive range of comics.
"Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps" is a comprehensive career overview of the output of this legendary cartoonist, showing for the first time the full range of a half-century of relentless experimentation. Starting from Spiegelman's earliest self-published comics and lavishly reproducing graphics from a host of publications both obscure and famous, "Co-Mix" provides a guided tour of an artist who has continually reinvented not just comics but also made a mark in book and magazine design, bubble gum cards, lithography, modern dance, and most recently stained glass. By showing all facets of Spiegelman's career, the book demonstrates how he has persistently cross-pollinated the worlds of comics, commercial design, and fine arts. Essays by acclaimed film critic J. Hoberman and MoMA curator and Dean of the Yale University School of Art Robert Storr bookend "Co-Mix," offering eloquent meditations on an artist whose work has been genre-defining.
""Co-Mix" shows Mr. Spiegelman's twin senses of pathos and humor throughout his vast career." "--""The New York Times
""Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves." --"LA Weekly"
Born in Stockholm in 1948, Art Spiegelman was the first comics artist to win the Pulitzer Prize, which he received for his groundbreaking bestseller "Maus." He coedited "Raw," and his comics have appeared in "The New Yorker," "The New York Times," "Playboy," and "Harper's." He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People by "Time," elected to the Art Director Club's Hall of Fame, made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005 (promoted to Officier in 2012), and played himself on "The Simpsons." In 2011, Spiegelman was elected president of the Angouleme International Comics Festival and was awarded the Grand Prix of the Festival. He lives in New York City.