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Maus artist to give talk


Pultizer Prize-winning comic book artist Art Spiegelman will discuss his ironic and edgy work as an illustrator and writer at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in Strong Auditorium.

Born in Sweden and raised in Queens, Spiegelman is the son of Polish Jews who survived imprisonment in the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz. Based on his parents' experiences, he wrote the controversial comic book Maus, which told the story of the Holocaust with Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. The work won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1992.

The comic book is, to Spiegelman, an undervalued and highly effective medium for communicating ideas. "Comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not in holograms, and people think in bursts of language, not in paragraphs," he says.

Spiegelman developed his talent for drawing and writing as a student at Harpur College of SUNY Binghamton and became a creative consultant, designer, and writer for Topps Chewing Gum, Inc. He has illustrated many covers for The New Yorker magazine and has also created several publications including The Complete Mr. Infinity, which appeared in 1970.

In 1980 Spiegelman and his wife, Francoise Mouly, founded Raw magazine, an annual showcase of cutting-edge comics artists and writers.

Tickets for the talk may be purchased in advance at the Common Market in Wilson Commons or at the door. The event is sponsored by the Outside Speakers Committee.

Call the Wilson Commons Information Desk at x5-5911 for more details.

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