Portrait of the Artist as A Young %@[squiggle][star]!

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The creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus explores the comics form...and how it formed him!

This book opens with Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*! , creating vignettes of the people, events, and comics that shaped Art Spiegelman. It traces the artist's evolution from a MAD-comics obsessed boy in Rego Park, Queens, to a neurotic adult examining the effect of his parents' memories of Auschwitz on his own son.

The second part presents a facsimile of Breakdowns , the long-sought after collection of the artist's comics of the 1970s, the book that triggers these memories. Breakdowns established the mode of formally sophisticated comics that transformed the medium, and includes the prototype of Maus , cubist experiments, an essay on humor, and the definitive genre-twisting pulp story "Ace Hole-Midget Detective."

Pulling all this together is an illustrated essay that looks back at the sixties as the artist pushes sixty, and explains the obsessions that brought these works into being. Poignant, funny, complex, and innovative, Breakdowns alters the terms of what can be accomplished in a memoir.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9780375423956
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Jul 15, 2012

WARNING: SEXUALLY EXPLICIT DRAWINGS. I enjoyed Maus, and this gives you an insight into Spiegelman's mind, however I thought people should be warned that this is not a book of "comics".

Sep 02, 2009

Art Spiegelman is more than a 'cartoonist,' he's an artist and an incredible storyteller. In "Breakdowns" he takes you on a visually stunning and, at times, confusing journey of a few pivotal years of his life. To be devoured slowly, each frame in this book is a piece of art.


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