Drawn & Quarterly has acquired North American and UK rights to CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, by legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, it was announced today by Chris Oliveros, Acquiring Editor & Publisher. To be released in Spring 2013, this expanded English version of the Flammarion bilingual edition will feature full-page reproductions of Spiegelman's artwork, comics, and preliminary sketches. Spiegelman has been a leader of, and an inspiration for, alternative comics artists throughout the past three decades, and in CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, readers will be able to trace the evolution of this multifaceted artist throughout his storied career.
"Without even remotely coming close to overstating the case, I'd say that Art Spiegelman is, hands down, the most influential living cartoonist in the world today," said Oliveros. "Where would any of us be today without his visionary contributions to the medium, both as a cartoonist and an editor? My own notions regarding comics were turned on their head when I first came across his work at age 15, and Spiegelman has had a similar effect on just about everyone else doing work of note in comics over the past few decades. Publishing this important career-spanning retrospective is a singular honor for Drawn & Quarterly."
CO-MIX began as a museum retrospective detailing Spiegelman’s lifelong involvement with comics. The exhibit was in conjunction with his Angouleme Presidency and later traveled to Centre Pompidou in Paris. In late September the show will open in the Ludwig museum in Cologne, Germany, and 2013 the show will go to the Vancouver Art Gallery and then travel to the Jewish Museum in New York City. CO-MIX will be distributed in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, in Canada by Raincoast Books, and in the UK by PGUK. Matthew Bloomgarden of the Wylie Agency represented Spiegelman in negotiations in coordination with Flammarion.
Born in Stockholm in 1948, Art Spiegelman was the first comics artist to win the Pulitzer Prize, which he received for his ground-breaking bestseller, Maus. He co-edited Raw and his comics have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Playboy, and Harper’s. He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine, elected to the Art Director Club's Hall of Fame, made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2005 (promoted to Officier in 2012), and played himself on The Simpsons. In 2011, Spiegelman was elected President of the Angouleme International Comics Festival and awarded the Grand Prix of the Festival. He lives in New York City.