40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

$30 tickets go on sale Thu 10/2 at Harvard Book Store and over the phone with a credit card (617.661.1515). Tickets will be redeemable for one copy of "Breakdowns".

Harvard Book Store is honored and delighted to welcome the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'Maus', ART SPIEGELMAN, for a presentation of his newest work, "Breakdowns: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young #@&*!"

In 'Breakdowns', Spiegelman explores the comics form... and how it formed him. Poignant, funny, complex, and innovative, 'Breakdowns' alters the terms of what can be accomplished in a memoir.

The book opens with 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young #@&*!', creating vignettes of the people, events, and comics that shaped him. It traces the artist's evolution from a MAD-comics obsessed boy in Rego Park, Queens, to a neurotic adult examining the effect of his parents' memories of Auschwitz on his own son.

The second part presents a facsimile of 'Breakdowns', the long-sought after collection of the artist's comics of the 1970s, the book that triggers these memories. Breakdowns established the mode of formally sophisticated comics that transformed the medium, and includes the prototype of 'Maus', cubist experiments, an essay on humor, and the definitive genre-twisting pulp story "Ace Hole-Midget Detective."

Pulling all this together is an illustrated essay that looks back at the sixties as the artist pushes sixty, and explains the obsessions that brought these works into being.

Official Website: http://www.brattlefilm.org/brattlefilm/movie_detail/081023.html

Added by Erik Mallinson on October 8, 2008