What the %&*! Happened to Comics?
Lecture by Art Spiegelman
Saturday, September 24 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, room H-110
VIP cocktail follows.
General admission tickets ($20) will be available through POP Montreal. (www.popmontreal.com)
General Admission tickets are also available at SBC and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard West)
VIP tickets ($150) are available through SBC at (514) 861-9992, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Produced by SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, What the %&*! Happened to Comics? is part of the POP Montreal 2011 program and is presented in partnership with the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly.
SBC Gallery of Contemporary Arts is pleased to present What the %&*! Happened to Comics?, a fundraiser featuring a lecture by Pulitzer-Prize winning, comic book icon Art Spiegelman on Saturday, September 24 at 4 p.m. at Concordia University.
This unique event offers fans of the graphic narrative and comic art the opportunity to hear first hand one of the great raconteurs of the medium. Spiegelman takes his audience on a highly entertaining chronological tour of the evolution of comics, emphasizing the value of this medium. He believes that in our post-literate culture the importance of the comic is on the rise, for “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.”
Spiegelman is best known for his comic book memoir Maus – a groundbreaking Holocaust narrative which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. The first volume of Maus was published in 1986 within the pages of RAW (Real Art Works), a magazine of unconventional comics founded by Spiegelman and his wife Françoise Mouly, while the second volume, which resulted in the Pulitzer, was published in 1991.
Hired by Tina Brown in 1992, Spiegelman worked for the New Yorker for 10 years but resigned a few months after the September 11 terrorist attacks protesting the ‘widespread conformism’ in the United States media. In 2005, not only was Spiegelman named one of Time Magazine’s top 100 Most Influential People, he was also made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. In January 2011, he received the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.
In October 2011, Pantheon will publish Meta Maus, a companion to The Complete Maus, in which Spiegelman divulges why he chose mice, cats, dogs and pigs and how he got his father to open up about his Holocaust experience. Although not a graphic novel, the book contains illustrations, photos and other images and will include a DVD of the transcripts of Spiegelman’s interviews with his father. The author will speak about his new book during the lecture.
This event is produced by SBC and is part of the gallery’s annual fundraising efforts. General admission tickets give access to the lecture. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available and include reserved seating at the talk, a private cocktail with Mr. Spiegelman following the event and a signed advance copy of Meta Maus.
A wildly entertaining storyteller, Spiegelman is without a doubt, the master of the comic genre as an art form for grown-ups. Don’t miss this unique event.
Photos: Ron S. Diamond