This is exciting, folks, especially for the lover of illustration and the comic artist.
I’m not an artist and I was JAZZED to learn that artists and illustrators Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman, and Françoise Mouly would be coming together to speak at the UT Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Friday, November 13, about their careers, comic books, cover designs, and culture.
This should be a stellar event with three wild and creative personalities. I saw Art Spiegelman speak earlier this year at a free Book People event and he gave some wonderful insight into the art of storytelling through pictures. On Friday you can catch Art plus two more of the most influential comic artists of the last forty years come together for this phenomenal event, but this time it’s not so free. Tickets range from $10 for students to $52.
The PAC also warns that this event is for mature audiences only due to sexual content. So leave the kiddies and puppies at home, will ya?
Here’s a little more info about the speakers via the Performing Arts Center:
In the 1960s, Robert Crumb was at the forefront of a revolution in American alternative comic arts. Considered a grandmaster of his artform, he penned well-known characters and series including Mr. Natural, Fritz the Cat, Joe Blow, and Keep on Truckin’. His colorful career has been riddled with legal battles, obscenity arrests, and critical acclaim. Crumb is set to publish his long-awaited “The Book of Genesis” in fall 2009.
“Mr. Crumb … excruciatingly funny satirist of all things modern and progressively high-minded, and an intrepid explorer of his own twisted psyche – remains the genre’s gold standard.” – New York Times
Art Spiegelman is an award-winning American comic artist who is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel memoir, Maus, a treatise on the Holocaust. Among the genre’s most celebrated counter-culture icons, he is also an editor and advocate for the comic arts genre and is married to artist and designer Françoise Mouly, with whom he frequently collaborates.
“Art Spiegelman … to the comics world is a Michelangelo and a Medici both, an influential artist who is also an impresario and an enabler of others.” – New York Times Magazine
Mouly was born in Paris and is highly regarded for her work with RAW, a showcase publication for cutting edge, mature comic art. She has also served as the arts editor of The New Yorker since 1993 and has curated several exhibits featuring the literary magazine’s famous cover art.
Below are links about an interesting and newsworthy topic related to one of Crumb’s recent appearances. Basically, Crumb made a nasty statement about women and rape at a university-sponsored event, which has stirred some serious controversy and debate on the freedom of speech and art in academia:
Letter: Rape = Academic Freedom? – The Collegian University of Richmond’s student newspaper
R. Crumb exhibit and conversation spark controversy – The Collegian
Newsflash: Robert Crumb Is Controversial – Slog the blog of Seattle’s The Stranger
Ed’s Thoughts on the Crumb/Mouly Event – Comics Worth Reading blog
R. Crumb w/ Françoise Mouly in Richmond, VA, October 27, 2009 Part 2: Music, Genesis, Open Questions – Comics Worth Reading blog
November 13, 2009, 8:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall