Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective celebrates the career of one of the most influential living comic artists. Best known for Maus, his Pulitzer prize-winning graphic novel about his parents’ survival of the Holocaust, Art Spiegelman (b. 1948) has produced a diverse body of work over the course of five decades that has blurred the boundaries between “high” and “low” art. This first U.S. retrospective spans Spiegelman’s career: from his early days in underground “comix” to the thirteen-year genesis of Maus, to more recent work including his provocative covers for The New Yorker, and artistic collaborations in new and unexpected media. The exhibition highlights Spiegelman’s painstaking creative process, and includes over three hundred preparatory sketches, preliminary and final drawings, as well as prints and other ephemeral and documentary material.
Spiegelman first made a name for himself as an artist and editor in underground comix, the graphic expression of the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. As he matured as an artist, Spiegelman diverged from the sex and drug ethos of his peers and, in a postmodern fashion, increasingly challenged the narrative, visual, and structural possibilities of comics. He also began exploring themes that dominate his work to this day: intimate personal expression, memory, and history. In the 1980’s Spiegelman reinvigorated underground comics by co-founding the avant-garde magazine RAW with his wife Françoise Mouly. RAW showcased the most groundbreaking graphic artists of the time, as well as serially publishing chapters of the then work-in-progress Maus.
Maus recounted his parents’ life in Nazi-occupied Poland and at Auschwitz, as well as Spiegelman’s own complex relationship with his father Vladek. Eventually published in two volumes (in 1986 and 1991 respectively) by Pantheon, Maus was the first of its kind in content and format: the unique structure of the comics medium allowed the artist to navigate time and memory beyond the limitations of prose, creating a rich narrative that exploded the boundaries of comics and nonfiction.
Refusing to be defined by the overwhelming attention brought by this singular work, Spiegelman largely turned away from autobiography in the 1990s, instead writing and drawing for The New Yorker and other publications, and creating a series of children’s books. But after witnessing firsthand the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11, he returned to personal narrative with his autobiographical account In the Shadow of No Towers (2004). This lifelong concern with memory and personal experience has continued in his short comic memoir Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@*&! (2008), and in Metamaus (2011), a meditation on his creative process and career.
A self-proclaimed “stylistic switch-hitter,” Spiegelman’s versatility and encyclopedic knowledge of comics history has allowed him to adapt his visual language to many contexts and audiences. For those most familiar with Maus, this retrospective exhibition will be revelatory— from his early formal experiments, to his honest self-exposés, to his provocative illustrations and comic essays, visitors will gain an intimate look at an artist who continuously pushes himself and his art to the edge. The exhibition will also explore his artistic collaborations in new and unexpected media, including a performance with the dance troupe Pilobolus. – See more at the link!
The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave (at 92nd St) New York NY 10128
Françoise Mouly and Sean Rogers appear for an on-stage interview moderated by Jeet Heer at Revival on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm.
Do you feel the comics you read just aren’t smart enough? Tired of people in tights and zombie apocalypses? Do we have the books for you! On Friday, September 13, Coach House Books and The Beguiling invite you to one of the most most rarefied of comics events to hit Toronto.
This fall, Coach House Books launches two new books: In Love with Art and The Cage. Jeet Heer’s book In Love with Art: Françoise Mouly’s Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman looks at the woman who’s gone (until now) unappreciated as an architect of the modern comics revolution. Françoise Mouly, co-editor of RAW, art director of The New Yorker and wife of Art Spiegelman has been quietly changing comics art since the 1980s, and Heer’s new book looks at her triumphs and long relationship with the creator ofMaus and In the Shadow of No Towers. The Cage by the late Martin Vaughn-James is a reprint of a lost cult classic of Canadian graphic novels. First published in 1975, the enigmatic comic returns to print after decades, with a new introduction (and appreciation) bySeth.
On September 13, author Jeet Heer will conduct an on-stage conversation with comic book force of nature Françoise Mouly about her decades-long relationship with Art Spiegelman, their work with RAW and Mouly’s overhaul of The New Yorker and creation of TOON Books. Heer will also speak with comics’ writer Sean Rogers (The Walrus, Globe and Mail) about the legacy of The Cage. And this will all be followed by a discussion of the changing face of comics as a more intellectual undertaking. Signings by Heer and Mouly will follow the on-stage discussion.
783 College St, Toronto, ON M6G, Canada
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross with Brian Posehn appear at the Powerhouse Arena on Tuesday September 10, 2013 from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm!
Tickets available at the link! SOLD OUT!!
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, the co-creators of the highly influential, Emmy-nominated HBO sketch program Mr. Show, will discuss their collection of never-before-seen scripts, storyboards and unaired sketches with co-star and co-writer Brian Posehn. Tickets are $8 and can be applied as credit towards the purchase of a copy of the book. The authors will not sign anything other than copies of HOLLYWOOD SAID NO!
About HOLLYWOOD SAID NO!:
This fall, Bob & David are finally back together after all these years (and embarking on their first official tour together since a sold-out national tour in 2002 following the end of Mr. Show, their highly influential, Emmy-nominated HBO sketch program) with a collection of never-before-seen scripts that were so funny they made Hollywood wet its ninny-pants. HOLLYWOOD SAID NO! reveals the amazing full-length scripts for Bob and David Make a Movie (fleshed out with brand-new storyboards by acclaimed artist Mike Mitchell) and Hooray For America!: a satirical power-house indictment of all that you hold dear.
And there’s more! HOLLYWOOD SAID NO! will also include a section of “constructive” notes written by a “studio executive,” a bonus section of orphaned sketch ideas from the Mr. Show days and beyond, suitable for performance by church groups that aren’t all “koo-koo” about religion. And last but not least (well, possibly least), Bob & David provide a section of reminiscences to add context and back story on what went right and what went wrong. For the first time ever, take a peek at the scripts that didn’t get the green light from Hollywood and ponder a world we can only dream about.
About the Authors:
Bob Odenkirk is an actor, writer, film director and comedian who wrote for Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Show, amongst others. He writes humor pieces for The New Yorker and is currently starring on the Emmy award-winning show Breaking Bad.
David Cross is an actor, writer and comedian known for his stand-up comedy as well as roles in film and television, including the character of Tobias Fünke on Arrested Development. David wrote, produced, directed and starred in the acclaimed IFC show The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of I Drink for a Reason.
Brian Posehn has most recently been seen on Comedy Central’s popular show, The Sarah Silverman Program and on tour as one of the original members of the “Comedians of Comedy.” Besides writing and performing on HBO’s acclaimed Mr. Show, he has appeared in sitcoms such as Just Shoot Me, Seinfeld, NewsRadio, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Friends.
The PowerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Adrian Tomine, Charles Burns, and Chris Ware appear at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 8:30 pm.
Prepare to welcome three of the most respected graphic novel creators in the world, as Charles Burns (Black Hole), Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve), and Chris Ware (Acme Novelty Library) visit Toronto this November to debut their new books. These three contemporaries and friends will each show an all-new audio/visual presentation based on their new works, both interacting with one another and the audience. This is the centerpiece autumn event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of venerable Toronto comics and alternative culture shop The Beguiling, at the nearby newly renovated Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St. W.) in the heart of the Annex neighborhood.
Sure to be the talk of the literary world this fall and winter, these three new releases blur the lines between ‘traditional’ graphic novels, illustration, and the publishing avant-garde!
Charles Burns’ stunning follow-up to 2010’s bestselling X’ed Out is The Hive. It takes readers further into the recesses of the diseased world of X’ed Out, shattering the boundaries between comics and the people who read them.
Adrian Tomine’s New York Drawings collects over a decade of the comics, illustrations, and covers produced by the artist for publishing institution The New Yorker, alongside a number of other rare and uncollected pieces in a lavish oversized hard cover.
Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth has been hailed as a modern literary masterpiece, and Building Stories is Ware’s first and much-anticipated graphic novel length follow-up. Ware experiments further with form and medium: the story is a literal box. Beautifully presented as variously formatted and sized comics, graphic novels, newspapers and pamphlets, the ensemble creates a fascinating and compelling portrait of a seemingly ordinary young woman, and the building where she lives.
All three of these compelling arguments for the necessary survival of the printed word will be on sale at The Beguiling in advance of this event, each on different release dates (see below).
Admission to the 25th anniversary event is $10, but admissions tickets are free (while supplies last) with every advance purchase of any of the above new books at The Beguiling.
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, M5S 1Y3, ON
Cartoonist Adrian Tomine signs at Skylight Books on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm.
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Award winning cartoonist and illustrator, Adrian Tomine, appears at Pegasus Books Downtown on Friday October 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm to present New York Drawings: A decade of comics, illustrations, and sketches from the pages of The New Yorker and beyond.
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Cartoonist Adrian Tomine signs at Ada Books on Wednesday October 3, 2012.
717 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
Adrian Tomine signs at Harvard Book Store on Thursday October 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM!
Harvard Book Store welcomes cartoonist and illustrator ADRIAN TOMINE for a discussion of his latest book, New York Drawings.
Two strangers, both reading the same novel, share a fleeting glance between passing subway cars. A bookstore owner locks eyes with a neighbor as she receives an Amazon package. Strangers are united by circumstance as they wait on the subway stairs for a summer storm to pass.
Adrian Tomine’s illustrations and comics have been appearing for more than a decade in the pages (and on the cover) of The New Yorker. Instantly recognizable for their deceptively simple and evocative style, these images have garnered the attention of The New Yorker’s readership and the approbation of such venerable institutions as the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.
New York Drawings is a loving homage to the city that Tomine, a West Coast transplant, has called home for the past seven years. This lavish, beautifully designed volume collects every cover, comic, and illustration that he has produced for The New Yorker to date, along with an assortment of other rare and uncollected illustrations and sketches inspired by the city. Complete with notes and annotations by the author, New York Drawings will also feature a new introductory comic focusing on Tomine’s experiences as a New York illustrator.
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Adrian Tomine appears at the powerHouse Arena for a reception and book signing on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 7:00–9:00pm.
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, September 6–Sunday, September 23
Join the celebrated cartoonist for an exhibition of his illustration and comics. The exhibition is in conjunction with the publication of New York Drawings, a collection of work published in The New Yorker along with rare and uncollected New York-inspired images and sketches.
The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Neil Gaiman was recently profiled by Dana Goodyear for The New Yorker and gave some insight to his convention-going experience:
“Comics, science fiction, and fantasy conventions are nowadays something of a hardship for Gaiman—”like being a maggoty log at a woodpecker convention,” he says. A few years ago, he was at a convention with Angelina Jolie, who played Grendel’s mother in the movie “Beowulf,” for which Gaiman co-wrote the screenplay. “When I try to explain that I attracted more attention than she did, people say, â€˜Oh, ho, he’s being funny.’ I’m not.” At Worldcon, the international science-fiction convention, where he was the guest of honor in August, people walked around wearing pins that read “Neil Gaiman! Squeeeeeee!”—an expression of hysterical enthusiasm.”