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"Designed with Mr. Spiegelman’s help, [Co-Mix] has the tall, narrow proportions of Raw...its images form a chronological sampling of Mr. Spiegelman’s extraordinary imagination, including his precocious early work, underground comics, preparatory notes and sketches for Maus, indelible covers for The New Yorker, lithographic efforts and much else."—New York Times In an art ca "Designed with Mr. Spiegelman’s help, [Co-Mix] has the tall, narrow proportions of Raw...its images form a chronological sampling of Mr. Spiegelman’s extraordinary imagination, including his precocious early work, underground comics, preparatory notes and sketches for Maus, indelible covers for The New Yorker, lithographic efforts and much else."—New York Times In an art career that now spans six decades, Art Spiegelman has been a groundbreaking and influential figure with a global impact. His Pulitzer Prize-winning holocaust memoir Maus established the graphic novel as a legitimate form and inspired countless cartoonists while his shorter works have enormously expanded the expressive range of comics.      Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps is a comprehensive career overview of the output of this legendary cartoonist, showing for the first time the full range of a half-century of relentless experimentation. Starting from Spiegelman's earliest self-published comics and lavishly reproducing graphics from a host of publications both obscure and famous, Co-Mix provides a guided tour of an artist who has continually reinvented not just comics but also made a mark in book and magazine design, bubble gum cards, lithography, modern dance, and most recently stained glass. By showing all facets of Spiegelman's career, the book demonstrates how he has persistently cross-pollinated the worlds of comics, commercial design, and fine arts. Essays by acclaimed film critic J. Hoberman and MoMA curator and Dean of the Yale University School of Art Robert Storr bookend Co-Mix, offering eloquent meditations on an artist whose work has been genre-defining.


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"Designed with Mr. Spiegelman’s help, [Co-Mix] has the tall, narrow proportions of Raw...its images form a chronological sampling of Mr. Spiegelman’s extraordinary imagination, including his precocious early work, underground comics, preparatory notes and sketches for Maus, indelible covers for The New Yorker, lithographic efforts and much else."—New York Times In an art ca "Designed with Mr. Spiegelman’s help, [Co-Mix] has the tall, narrow proportions of Raw...its images form a chronological sampling of Mr. Spiegelman’s extraordinary imagination, including his precocious early work, underground comics, preparatory notes and sketches for Maus, indelible covers for The New Yorker, lithographic efforts and much else."—New York Times In an art career that now spans six decades, Art Spiegelman has been a groundbreaking and influential figure with a global impact. His Pulitzer Prize-winning holocaust memoir Maus established the graphic novel as a legitimate form and inspired countless cartoonists while his shorter works have enormously expanded the expressive range of comics.      Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps is a comprehensive career overview of the output of this legendary cartoonist, showing for the first time the full range of a half-century of relentless experimentation. Starting from Spiegelman's earliest self-published comics and lavishly reproducing graphics from a host of publications both obscure and famous, Co-Mix provides a guided tour of an artist who has continually reinvented not just comics but also made a mark in book and magazine design, bubble gum cards, lithography, modern dance, and most recently stained glass. By showing all facets of Spiegelman's career, the book demonstrates how he has persistently cross-pollinated the worlds of comics, commercial design, and fine arts. Essays by acclaimed film critic J. Hoberman and MoMA curator and Dean of the Yale University School of Art Robert Storr bookend Co-Mix, offering eloquent meditations on an artist whose work has been genre-defining.

30 review for Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dominick

    Quite thorough retrospective on the overrated but nevertheless ingenious Art Spiegelman. Among the bits I liked best are the generous sampling of materials related to Wacky Packages and The Garbage Pail Kids, Spiegelman's New Yorker covers, and the comics supplement, which avoids obvious things like excerpts form Maus but instead offers entire short strips that can be otherwise a tad hard to find, such as Speigelman's tributes to Charles Schulz and Harvey Kurtzman. My one complaint is that some Quite thorough retrospective on the overrated but nevertheless ingenious Art Spiegelman. Among the bits I liked best are the generous sampling of materials related to Wacky Packages and The Garbage Pail Kids, Spiegelman's New Yorker covers, and the comics supplement, which avoids obvious things like excerpts form Maus but instead offers entire short strips that can be otherwise a tad hard to find, such as Speigelman's tributes to Charles Schulz and Harvey Kurtzman. My one complaint is that some images and fonts are a trifle small for my eyes--but then, without such reduction, less stuff could have been included, so that's a quibble, really. Also includes some foldouts and inserts, which add scope. Worthwhile for Spiegelman fans, for sure, but ought to b eof interest to anyone with an interest in comics art and history.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jamil

    As career surveys go, this contains some gems, my personal favorites including the facsimile insert of Two-Fisted Painters, "Abstract Thought is a Warm Puppy", Spiegelman's tribute to Charles Schulz from the New Yorker, and design sketches for his edition of Joseph Moncure's The Wild Party. As career surveys go, this contains some gems, my personal favorites including the facsimile insert of Two-Fisted Painters, "Abstract Thought is a Warm Puppy", Spiegelman's tribute to Charles Schulz from the New Yorker, and design sketches for his edition of Joseph Moncure's The Wild Party.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    This works better as a 'coffee table' book than a book to sit and read through front to back. There's lots of cool strips, images, and informational/biographical tidbits. I enjoyed flipping through it over the last couple weeks. The physical copy is also very beautiful, it'll be a shame to stick it on a bookshelf; it deserves to be left out. This works better as a 'coffee table' book than a book to sit and read through front to back. There's lots of cool strips, images, and informational/biographical tidbits. I enjoyed flipping through it over the last couple weeks. The physical copy is also very beautiful, it'll be a shame to stick it on a bookshelf; it deserves to be left out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I really love Spiegelman's art, but not particularly reading about Art Spiegelman. I really love Spiegelman's art, but not particularly reading about Art Spiegelman.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    A career retrospective of Spiegelman's work. There's an incredible amount of material crammed into this book, from childhood drawings all the way to the recent stained glass windows he did for his school. If his comics work has been somewhat sporadic over the years, it's apparently because he works on so many other projects at the same time. Some of this material will be familiar to longtime Spiegelman fans (yes, you get to read Two-Fisted Painters again. And the two page collaboration with Maur A career retrospective of Spiegelman's work. There's an incredible amount of material crammed into this book, from childhood drawings all the way to the recent stained glass windows he did for his school. If his comics work has been somewhat sporadic over the years, it's apparently because he works on so many other projects at the same time. Some of this material will be familiar to longtime Spiegelman fans (yes, you get to read Two-Fisted Painters again. And the two page collaboration with Maurice Sendak), but quite a bit of this has never been reprinted. Spiegelman excels at dancing along the borderline between comics and fine art. As always, it will be interesting to see what he does next.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Basically bringing in a lot of Spiegelman's earlier and therefore harder to find stuff. Amazing. Insane. Chocked full of mature material and themes here. You get to somehow take into account that this is the guy that put a lot of the brain power behind Garbage Pail kids and yet meanwhile also Maus and yet also serious abstract comics. Don't write this off as trash but don't be surprised when you feel almost slightly embarrassed to be reading parts of it. Basically bringing in a lot of Spiegelman's earlier and therefore harder to find stuff. Amazing. Insane. Chocked full of mature material and themes here. You get to somehow take into account that this is the guy that put a lot of the brain power behind Garbage Pail kids and yet meanwhile also Maus and yet also serious abstract comics. Don't write this off as trash but don't be surprised when you feel almost slightly embarrassed to be reading parts of it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    World Literature Today

    "This large-format book, brilliantly produced on high-quality stock, invites the reader to linger over each page. It is a testament to the fact that Spiegelman has indeed redefined what comic book artistry is all about." - Rita D. Jacobs, Montclair State University This book was reviewed in the May 2014 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our website: http://bit.ly/1zkjoIM "This large-format book, brilliantly produced on high-quality stock, invites the reader to linger over each page. It is a testament to the fact that Spiegelman has indeed redefined what comic book artistry is all about." - Rita D. Jacobs, Montclair State University This book was reviewed in the May 2014 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our website: http://bit.ly/1zkjoIM

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Spiegelman is more of an artist than I realized/

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    NPR interview with Art at http://www.npr.org/2013/09/14/2221161... NPR interview with Art at http://www.npr.org/2013/09/14/2221161...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    via NYPL - a well-assembled curation of Spiegelman's ephemera. via NYPL - a well-assembled curation of Spiegelman's ephemera.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    summary of a surprisingly varied, important, and often hilarious career. i guess it's possible to dislike his work, but i can't see how. summary of a surprisingly varied, important, and often hilarious career. i guess it's possible to dislike his work, but i can't see how.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Blair

    A brilliant collection of various bits of work that provide a retrospective look at the career of a brilliant man. Totally absorbing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Colin

  14. 5 out of 5

    Corbin

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jack

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joey Alison Sayers

  17. 5 out of 5

    M.L.D.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Libby Hays

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chloe A-L

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Mellor

  21. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Donovan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Philip

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen O'Grady

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Monk

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

  27. 5 out of 5

    John Denaro

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  29. 5 out of 5

    Edward Trujillo

  30. 5 out of 5

    India

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