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In the Shadow of No Towers
by Art Spiegelman
This much publicized volume is finally set to make its debut. In the Shadow of No Towers collects the entirey of Spiegelman's oversize full-page strips dealing with his reactions to the events of 9/11 and the Bush admnistration's subsequent manipulations of public perceptions of these events and the ramifications thereof. Spiegelman, who lived mere blocks from the twin towers, literally in their shadows, has stated in numerous interviews that he could only manage to find solace during the dark days following 9/11 in the classic Sunday Comics pages of yore (pre-WWII), and he has taken his inspiration for the pieces that make up this volume from these classics. Little Nemo in Slumberland, Krazy Kat, Bringing Up Father, Thimble Theater, The Kin-Der-Kids, Hogan's Alley, Foxy Grandpa, Happy Hooligan and their cohorts on the page provide both impetus and inspiration for all the pieces in this volume, which take the form of these old full-page Sunday strips. In fact, the last third of this volume is devoted to presenting some fine examples of these classics, and so help remind his readership (us) of this vast treasure trove that's right under our noses. So not only does this volume offer up a dose of contemporary politics in comics form, it offers up a history lesson and gallery exhibit in book form as well.
Printed entirely on heavy, glossy board stock, this 10" x 14" volume opens up to be read sideways, making for a gigantic 14" x 20" reading experince meant to mimic the aforomentioned glory days of the Sunday funnies, only this time in a super-durable package that can be read over and over again without fear of crumpling or tearing. A landmark issue, both of comics and catharsis.<>To go more in depth, here's a great, relatively recent (29 December 2004) interview with Spiegelman from the Onion A.V. Club.
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