The legendary creator of Maus is in the middle of a worldwide tour of a stage performance titled WORDLESS!. Described as the cartoonist’s “Intellectual Vaudeville Show,” this live event mixes slides and spoken word by Spiegelman with musical performances by jazz composer Phillip Johnston and his sextet. In many ways, WORDLESS! is a guided tour by Spiegelman into the world of graphic novels, going from the early 1900s to the modern era, including a new comics piece the cartoonist created specifically for the event.
Art Spiegelman began drawing professionally at age 16 and, as part of the underground comix subculture of the 60s and 70s, created Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids. Along with his wife Françoise Mouly, he founded RAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine that first serialized his Holocaust narrative Maus, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Spiegelman worked at The New Yorker as staff artist and writer for a decade. In 2011, he won the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, marking only the third time an American has received the honor.
Launched last year for Australia’s GRAPHIC festival at the Sydney Opera House, WORDLESS! is now on its American leg with the October 8 event at Oberlin, which starts at 7:30pm.
The convocation is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. For more information please contact the Office of Public Programs at (440) 775-6785.
Finney Chapel, 90 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074