Posts Tagged ‘Art Spiegelman’

Angoulême 2011: Aftermath

Posted by on February 3rd, 2011 at 11:31 AM
This year's Angoulême festival was a solid if somewhat unremarkable one, plagued more than usual by the cultural myopia that has always characterized it to an extent. Its organizers described it as a success, but below the surface, it turns out, lurk conflicts of financing and responsibility.

Art Spiegelman Grand Prix

Posted by on January 30th, 2011 at 2:25 PM
It has just been announced that Art Spiegelman is the recipient of this year's Grand Prix at the Festival Internationale de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême. Selected by the festival's academy, which is composed of former recipients, he joins Will Eisner and R. Crumb as the third American (and fifth non-francophone) to be bestowed this, the highest European honor that can be accorded a comics artist. Spiegelman has long been an obvious choice, but it has still taken the notoriously francocentric academy long to recognize him. The author of the seminal graphic novel Maus, surely as influential in Europe as in America, will act as next year's president.

AltCom 2010

Posted by on November 16th, 2010 at 1:45 PM
The AltCom weekend is over, and I must say that I am very pleased with how it all turned out. We've had a festival for kids and kids' comics in Malmö for about ten years now, but this was the first all-out adult comics festival and it drew a fair number of visitors, some really interesting guests from all over the world, many publishers and so on.

Translation Roundtable (Part Two of Three)

Posted by on June 3rd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In the second part of a three-part conversation on comics translation, our intrepid panelists discuss "faithfulness," the temptation to improve upon the source text, sound effects, accents, working with word balloons and much more.

What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?

Posted by on March 8th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

A report from Art Spiegelman's illustrated lecture at the Liberty Theater, Puyallup, WA.

Gavin Lees on Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary

Posted by on January 14th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
It would be hard to overstate this book's importance. First published in 1972, it's largely considered to be the first autobiographical comic (in the English language, at least). It opened the floodgates for Harvey Pekar, Eddie Campbell, Chester Brown, most of Crumb's '80s work and… well, you know the rest.

TCJ 300: Comicopia

Posted by on January 4th, 2010 at 5:37 AM

Something Old and Something New

Yes, it's the 300th issue of the Journal. Another of those magic round numbers. Comics fandom is so wrapped up in numbers that you'd think it was baseball. But it's not baseball. It's not even hardball. It's comics, the medium of pictures and words, not numbers. Still, counting as we go, we take up Art Spiegelman's latest production, the reissue last year of Breakdowns, which obliges us to cast a moistly rolling eye back 30-some years in comics history to see, by comparison, what we may have learned in the three decades that the Journal has been published by the present proprietor.

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TCJ 300 Conversations: Art Spiegelman & Kevin Huizenga

Posted by on December 7th, 2009 at 12:05 AM


Art Spiegelman thinks and talks about comics more and better than just about anyone I know, so it was a no-brainer to ask him to participate in a dialogue this issue. Art and I have spent many stimulating hours

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