Maus: The Backstory

with Art Spiegelman
at Cornell Tech
Monday, January 10, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Apply or nominate here.
Deadline: December 2.

Maus, Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel, was groundbreaking both in its unusual treatment of the Holocaust and in the way it brought comics into the mainstream. During this class, Spiegelman will discuss the novel’s history and give an overview of various artists who made it possible, such as Winsor McCay, George Herriman, Harvey Kurtzman, Bernard Krigstein, Robert Crumb, and Justin Green.

Teachers in this class will meet in-person at Cornell Tech; Spiegelman will join the class virtually.

In-person master classes last a full school day. Teachers spend three hours working with the faculty member. (For this class, Spiegelman will join virtually). During the remainder of the day, participants will have the rare opportunity to exchange ideas and strategies with other brilliant educators who share their passion for the day’s topic. Both parts of the day are highly prized.

Art Spiegelman is a writer, illustrator, and advocate for comics as an adult literary medium. His Holocaust narrative Maus received a Pulitzer Prize, and as co-editor of Arcade and Raw, he helped pioneer comics as a meaningful cultural forum. He has written and illustrated for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Playboy, and other publications. His books include In the Shadow of No Towers, Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!, and the children’s book Open Me… I’m a Dog! In 2005, Spiegelman was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. He’s a graduate of the High School of Art and Design in New York City.

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