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Breakdowns Portrait of the Artist As a Young %@&*! (Hardcover)

Author:  Art Spiegelman
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0375423958
ISBN-13: 9780375423956
Sku: 206840121
Publish Date: 10/7/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 14H x 10.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  72
Age Range:  NA
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The creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus reflects on the comics form and its influence on his life and art as he traces his evolution from comics obsessed boy to a neurotic adult exploring the effects of his parents memories of Auschwitz on his own son, in a volume that includes a facsimile of Breakdowns, the artists comics from the 1970s. 75,000 first printing. *Author: Spiegelman, Art *Subtitle: Portrait of the Artist As a Young %@&*! *Publication Date: 2008/10/07 *Number of Pages: 96 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 10.25 *Height: 14.00
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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.
Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel memoir, MAUS, which tells his Polish-Jewish parents' Holocaust survival story, Art Spiegelman has covered a wide range of topics. His books have found their way into many formats--from New Yorker cover illustrations to Garbage Pail kid cards to underground strips like "Young Lust." This book creatively traces the development of his prodigious talent in an appropriately diverse and poignantly humorous style. Succinct collages present influential people and events; facsimiles of 1970s work illustrate early stylistic innovations; and an illustrated essay offers reflections on this influential artist's career.
Author Bio
Art Spiegelman
Art (Avarham) Spiegelman was born in Sweden, but his parents immigrated to the U.S. when he was 3 years old. He studied art both in high school and at Harpur College, from which he graduated in 1968. His first job was designing novelty cards for Tip Top Chewing Gum, and he began to contribute comics to various underground publications, using the pseudonym Al Flooglebuckle. With his wife Fancoise Mouly, he co-founded "Raw", an avant-garde comic journal. His first "comic-book novel," "Maus" (1986), which was inspired by his father's Holocaust experiences, was an overwhelming success. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992.


"[An] infinite and labyrinthine reading pattern...delirious..." - Matt Madden 09/2008-11/2008

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0072
Product attributePublisher:   Pantheon Books
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