The Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, Department of German and Russian and the Jewish Studies Program of the University of Vermont


Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium


Credit Enno Kapitza - Agentur Focus

Credit Enno Kapitza - Agentur Focus


October 19, 2017
7:00pm - 9:00pm

UVM Recital Hall
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT


free and open to the public

Please join us October 19, 2017 for an evening of conversation with legendary cartoonist, Art Spiegelman. In an onstage interview and presentation, Spiegelman will discuss his extensive body of work, including his award winning graphic novel Maus, and share his perspectives on the history of comics and use of comics in non-fiction storytelling.  The event will conclude with an audience question and answer session.

Signed copies of Spiegelman's books Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, Breakdowns and Si Lewen's Parade will be available for purchase.


Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus— which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America.

Having rejected his father’s aspirations for him to become a dentist, Art Spiegelman studied cartooning in high school and began drawing professionally at age 15. He went on to study art and philosophy at Harpur College before becoming part of the underground comix subculture of the 60s and 70s. As creative consultant for Topps Bubble Gum Co. from 1965-1987, Spiegelman created Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids and other novelty items, and taught history and aesthetics of comics at the School for Visual Arts in New York from 1979-1986. In 2007 he was a Heyman Fellow of the Humanities at Columbia University where he taught a Masters of the Comics seminar. In 1980, Spiegelman founded RAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine, with his wife, Françoise Mouly—Maus was originally serialized in the pages of RAW.

In 2011 he won the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, marking only the third time an American has received the honor (the other two were Will Eisner and Robert Crumb). The honor also included a retrospective exhibition of his artwork and an accompanying book, CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps.  Spiegelman’s other recent work includes a new edition of his 1978 anthology, Breakdowns and a book about the artist Si Lewen titled Si Lewen’s Parade: An Artist’s Odyssey. In 2015 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


The UVM Recital Hall is at the Southwick Music Building on the Redstone Campus of the University of Vermont.  See here for directions and parking information.