For over 50 years, the singular brain and talent of acclaimed comic artist, writer and editor Art Spiegelman has defined and redefined the world of visual storytelling. His seminal masterpiece MAUS, with its reimagining of the Holocaust with cats and mice, won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. As The New York Times said, “It would almost be impossible to overstate the influence of MAUS among other artists.” When, earlier this year, the Tennessee Board of Education voted to remove it from classrooms, Art was uniquely placed to reflect on a history of censorship, silencing and the times free speech has remained a radical act.

Appearing live via video, Art reflects on a career spent finding new ways to write, draw and talk about the world, and a life in challenging conventions and prejudice with Morris Gleitzman.

Art Spiegelman appears thanks to the support of Kathy and Greg Shand.

This event is open captioned.

Art Spiegelman (International)

Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman is a critically acclaimed and highly influential artist and graphic novelist. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content. His masterful Holocaust narrative MAUS won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize and was voted one of the 125 most important books of the last 125 years by the New York library in 2020. He is also the creator of Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids and co-founded RAW – the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine, with his wife, Françoise Mouly. Among his achievements, he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, was made an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2007 and won the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2011.

Morris Gleitzman (Australian)

Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. After university he worked for ten years as a screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now, after 42 books, he’s one of Australia’s most popular authors. He was appointed the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018–2019. His most recent book is Always.