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Culture, Stage Mind in the Gutter: The Grandfather of the Graphic Novel Schools Comic Fans

Mind in the Gutter: The Grandfather of the Graphic Novel Schools Comic Fans

Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and author of Maus, is a master of letting his images speak for him. But in bringing Wordless!, his multimedia show, to the Bay Area, he'll be all talk — or mostly talk, as he…
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Culture, Art Comics: Always in the Gutter, Looking Up

Comics: Always in the Gutter, Looking Up

The comics medium was criticized for decades, derided as juvenile before being hailed as the great American art form of the 20th century — sometimes by the same media outlets. During the intervening decades, comics went from pure genre formulae…
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Calendar, Night&Day Kicking and Screaming

Kicking and Screaming

Legend has it, a trip to the toilet with Zap Comix inspired Ron Turner to borrow $2,500 to start his publishing company, Last Gasp. It was 1970, a year fraught by both optimism and opposition. Turner, like a holy fool…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cartoon Yourself

Cartoon Yourself

Whether your life looks more like The Family Circus or The Boondocks, your chance has arrived to chronicle it in graphic novel form at the Graphic Novel Master Class with Ariel Schrag. The fantastically talented Schrag self-published her first comic…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art School

Art School

We want to be sure to get the spelling right: Art Spiegelman's new book is called Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@?*! The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus has been telling some of the stories behind his…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art on the Page

Art on the Page

Some of you may have gazed up at the facade above 826 Valencia and thought, "Huh, what I would give for a few hours with a scaffolding." The mural gracing the "Chippendale" topped storefront is awash in myriad little drawings…
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Culture, Bookcap

Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life

Plenty of successful fiction writers have slaked our thirst for more intimate knowledge of the creative process by giving us tell-all memoirs. KQED's Michael Krasny has penned a lively and humorous variation on the theme. His new book might more…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 We went to the last "Punk Sound Night," very excited to see raw footage of Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna's old band, Bikini Kill. The early 1990s videotape had been shot by fans, and the evening…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art's Art

Art's Art

It's really no surprise that folks don't take comics seriously. The word itself connotes silliness, and the "comics" section of Sunday dailies is still referred to by some as the "funnies." But while there may be little heft associated with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Comix Relief

Comix Relief

Marjane Satrapi was your typical 6-year-old: sassy, demanding, and full of good intentions. But unlike the average kid, she wanted to be a prophet. Her goal was to right all the wrongs in the world, like the fact that the…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

The emperor has no brains Some scribes are suggesting we place quotation marks around "President" Bush's title in order to show how slim his margin of "victory" was. In a recent issue of The New Yorker, cartoonist Art Spiegelman also…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night + Day

Wednesday October 14 You Are There Remember the shot of Boris Yeltsin trying to shake a leg with a pair of go-go dancers? How about that photo of the screaming Vietnamese girl fleeing a U.S. napalm attack? Or the one…
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