On the coffee this time is a nod to Art Spiegelman who recently visited Sydney with his Wordless show. Art has produced a significant body of work as an artist, critic, scholar and spokesman for comics art over six decades. Initially active in the Underground Comix scene of late Sixties era San Francisco Spiegelman then worked for Topps trading cards and contributed to the development of the form and profile of the graphic novel with his work on Maus. There was also his co-creation of RAW magazine with Françoise Mouly, his co-editorship of Arcade and his occasional cover art, cartoons and illustrations for The New Yorker.
Art Spiegelman stuff on the coffee table-books, ink, pen, banana skin, ashtray and sketch books. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).
In his performance at the Sydney Opera House he created moments of theatrical drama by chain-smoked an e-cigarette instead of one from his pocketed pack of Camels, spilling his can of Coke whilst speaking breathlessly, expertly and entertainingly about comics history. The sequence on Frederic Wertham and comics burning in the 1950s was particularly amusingly presented and accompanied by a stunning set of visuals.
RAW magazine with Gary Panter cover illustration. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).
His collaborative projects with Françoise Mouly have included the Little Lit series Folklore & Fairy Tale Funnies, “It Was A Dark And Silly Night…”, and Strange Stories for Strange Kids, The Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics and RAW magazine.
Spiegelman/Mouly additions to my Doctor Comics library. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).
Famous for his two volume Maus he has created other books including Breakdowns, In The Shadow Of No Towers, Open Me…I’m A Dog!, Meta Maus (about the making of Maus) and the 3 piece sketch book set Be A Nose!
Promo for the Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston production Wordless at the Sydney Opera House 2013.
Wordless featured Art’s speedy monologue, syncopated at times with a live Jazz sextet. It involved, in part, a homage to the wordless, woodcut graphic novels by Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Milt Gross et al.
The latest release and in every sense a coffee table art book. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).
The CO-MIX exhibition visited Cologne after Paris and prior to New York.
Photo of Art in the German exhibition booklet.
Spiegelman text and Chip Kidd design profile of Jack Cole.
Art Spiegelman also has an impressive track record in comics studies including Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched To Their Limits, with Chip Kidd, and Krazy! an exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery in which he co-curated the comics and graphic novels components with Seth and co-authored two chapters on their selections in the exhibition catalogue.
Krazy! exhibition catalogue with Dan Clowes cover illo, Vancouver 2008 in which Art c0-curated the comics section.
All up, it amounts to an impressive graphic legacy. And it was really good to see him live! Thanks for coming down under Art!
Read the other coffee table entries: COFFEE TABLE first fix(Day of the Dead/Halloween comics) COFFEE TABLE second fix(Gary Panter) COFFEE TABLE third fix(Osamu Tezuka) COFFEE TABLE fourth fix(Football comics) COFFEE TABLE fifth fix(Swamp Thing, Hedorah and Twin Tail) COFFEE TABLE sixth fix(American Masters) COFFEE TABLE seventh fix(Brian Chippendale) COFFEE TABLE eighth fix(Hergé and Tintin) COFFEE TABLE ninth fix(Art Spiegelman) COFFEE TABLE tenth fix(Shigeru Mizuki)