LAKELAND, FL – Bradley Theatre, located on Lakeland College’s main campus will host ground-breaking author Art Speigelman. Speigelman will give a lecture entitled ‘What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?’ at 7:30 p.m. on November 18th.
Speigelman brought comics to the forefront as a serious form of literature with his Pulitzer Prize winning Maus, a Holocaust narrative which portrayed Nazi cats exterminating Jewish mice. Maus II continued the story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America.
Spiegelman’s comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity and controversial content. Spiegelman studied cartooning in high school and began drawing professionally at age 16. He went on to study art and philosophy at Harpur College in upstate New York (part of Binghamton University). He also taught history and aesthetics of comics at the School for Visual Arts in New York from 1979 to 1986.
In 2005, a major exhibition of his work was arranged by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as part of the “Masters of American Comics” exhibit, which later traveled to the Milwaukee Art Museum. The same year, Spiegelman was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
In fall 2011, Pantheon published MetaMaus, the story of why he wrote Maus, why he chose mice, cats, frogs and pigs, and how he got his father to open up (the book includes a DVD of the transcripts of Spiegelman’s interviews with his father). MetaMaus has been awarded the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in the Biography, Autobiography and Memoir category.
Professor of American Literature Peter Sattler states, “Spiegelman tells the story in a comic, which adds yet another fascinating layer of art and innovative story telling that students and faculty can explore in the classroom.” “Having Spiegelman on campus is a tremendous opportunity for our students to engage in how art, narrative and critical self-reflection enhances what we can learn from others and from ourselves.”
Speigelman’s appearance is part of a greater exhibit called the Lakeland’s Krueger Fine Arts Series. Prior to the talk, guests can view an allied exhibit of comic art and cartooning. “Re-Constructing Comics: Explorations in Sequential Art” showcases the work of seven nationally recognized artists from the world of comics. With contributions from Derik Badman, Ivan Brunetti, Vanessa Davis, Aidan Koch, Andrei Molotiu, Anders Nilsen and John Porcellino, the show will explore how these seven artists rearranged the borders of the comics form.
To find out more on these artists click here.
Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 920-565-1536.