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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist Art Spiegelman To Speak at Pomona College

On Tuesday, February 8, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman will give a lecture entitled “Comix 101,” an overview of comic art, its history and its relevance to modern culture.

Spiegelman will cover the chronological evolution of comics, comic books as media and explain why their importance may be on the rise. “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,” he explains.

In Maus, the now iconic work that won him the 1992 Pulitzer Prize, Spiegelman employed such an approach to tell the story of his parent’s survival of a World War II concentration camp. Depicting Jews as mice and Nazis as cats (the Katzies), Spiegelman completed the story of his parents’ experiences and their later lives in America in Maus II. His most recent publication, In the Shadow of No Towers, a highly personal and political account of his reactions to the September 11 attacks, was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2004. Earlier this year Spiegelman was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

The lecture will begin at 8 pm and be held in the Pomona College Smith Campus Center, Edmunds Ballroom, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Sponsored by the Associated Students of Pomona College, the event is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.