Author(s): Art Spiegelman
"Breakdowns" - a portrait of the artist as young - was Art Spiegelman's first book, and has been described by the author as 'a comix-format memoir about becoming a comix memoirist (it contains, for instance, a fascinating section on the genesis of Maus). It chronicles with heartbreaking detail Spiegelman's own nervous breakdown, his experiments with psychedelic drugs, his mother's suicide and his incarceration in a mental hospital. It also includes vivid portraits of his artist friends, mentors, girlfriends and more generally the birth of underground comix in the 1960s. No one with an interest in the American counterculture, the development of graphic art, or indeed Spiegelman himself, should miss this. Author Biography: Art Spiegelman is cofounder/editor of Raw, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comics and graphics. His drawings and prints have been exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world. He is the author of Maus, for which he was honored with the Pulitzer Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and In the Shadow of No Towers. He lives in New York City with his wife, Francoise Mouly, and their two children, Nadja and Dashiell.