Author Archives: Hillary Chute

Art Spiegelman, Part 1

  Day 1: FROM TÖPFFER TO PULITZER TO A “BUDDING CARTOONIST” Tell me about your interest in print. The history of comics is the history of printing. The medium developed as printing technologies developed. The idea of comics as a narrative series of pictures goes from medieval woodcuts—as well as the stained glass windows...

Art Spiegelman, Part 2

Day 2: BLASÉ TO “MAD LEAFLETEER” You had your own magazine, Blasé, as a teenager. All I coveted once I knew I wanted to make comics was a means of printing them, ‘cause that’s what it was about. What I really wanted was something called a Rexograph. It was called a spirit duplicator. It...

Art Spiegelman, Part 3

  Day 3:  “PRISONER ON THE HELL PLANET” to “DON’T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE” How would you describe your work in the early underground comics days? It was kind of a step backward from what looked to me like more sophisticated work I was doing for my college newspaper. I think when I saw...

Art Spiegelman, Part 4

  Part 4: FIRST BREAKDOWNS How did you decide to start the magazine Arcade, where some of the work in Breakdowns first appeared? It’s when the comix ship seemed to be sinking in San Francisco, because of the closing down of head shops that provided a lot of the distribution. It was because of...

Art Spiegelman, Part 5

  Part 5: PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG %@&*! How did Breakdowns get reviewed in 1978? One article was very glowing. It was the cover story of the alternative press syndicate magazine that went out to underground newspaper editors. It said: “Picasso, Stravinksy, Joyce, Spiegelman.” Other than that, it might have gotten...