Twenty-five years ago, Art Spiegelman published the first volume of Maus: A Survivors Tale, the graphic-novelistic account of his fathers experiences in the Holocaust. His depiction of Jews as mice, Germans as cats, and all other characters of the same nationality as identical animals differing only in their clothing was seen as a radical commentary against classifying people by race. The work remains the only comic book to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Spiegelman, who was a cartoonist and underground comix artist in the 70s before he devoted 13 years to the creation of Maus, has just released MetaMaus, a companion book that compiles the research, drafts of his drawings, and interviews with his father that aided him in writing and illustrating Maus. Tonight at 92Y, he will discuss with MetaMauss editor Hillary Chute the inspiration and creative process behind his genre-defying work.
Thu., Oct. 6, 8 p.m., 2011