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Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

A Ret­ro­spec­tive of Comics, Graph­ics and Scraps By Art Spiegelman Drawn & Quar­terly, 136 pages, $40 PULITZER Prize-win­ning car­toon­ist Art Spiegelman looks back over his il­lus­tri­ous 50-year ca­reer in this full-colour over­size book that con­tains fold-outs and comic books within. The 1960s saw Spiegelman un­suc­cess­fully aping un­der­ground le­gends like R. Crumb, un­til he hit pay dirt in the ’70s by cre­at­ing Wacky Pack­ages and ev­ery par­ent’s night­mare, Garbage Pail Kids. The 1980s saw Spiegelman team up with his wife Frain­coise Mouly to cre­ate RAW, “the Comics Mag­a­zine for Damned In­tel­lec­tu­als.” It was in RAW that the first six chap­ters of his sem­i­nal work, Maus, ap­peared, which was later col­lected into a book and a se­quel, won a spe­cial Pulitzer Prize and brought graphic nov­els into the main­stream. As the critic J. Hober­man has noted, Spiegelman has drawn his own con­clu­sions.

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