Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*! (Hardback)
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Short Description for Breakdowns The creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Maus" explores the comics form--and how it has formed him. This illustrated essay looks back at the 1960s as the artist pushes 60, in this collection that alters the terms of what can be accomplished in a memoir. 75,000.
- Published: 07 October 2008
- Format: Hardback 72 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780375423956 ISBN 10: 0375423958
- Sales rank: 112,116
Full description for Breakdowns
The creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Maus" explores the comics form...and how it formed him! This book opens with "Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!," creating vignettes of the people, events, and comics that shaped Art Spiegelman. It traces the artist's evolution from a MAD-comics obsessed boy in Rego Park, Queens, to a neurotic adult examining the effect of his parents' memories of Auschwitz on his own son. The second part presents a facsimile of "Breakdowns," the long-sought after collection of the artist's comics of the 1970s, the book that triggers these memories. "Breakdowns" established the mode of formally sophisticated comics that transformed the medium, and includes the prototype of "Maus," cubist experiments, an essay on humor, and the definitive genre-twisting pulp story "Ace Hole-Midget Detective." Pulling all this together is an illustrated essay that looks back at the sixties as the artist pushes sixty, and explains the obsessions that brought these works into being. Poignant, funny, complex, and innovative, "Breakdowns" alters the terms of what can be accomplished in a memoir.