An artist's reaction to 9/11
Pulitzer Prize-winning artist and writer Art Spiegelman watched in horror three years ago as the twin towers collapsed just blocks from his home in lower Manhattan. Tormented by the events of September 11 and their aftermath, he began drawing a series of comics that depicted his fury at both the terrorists and the Bush administration. The comics, some of which have appeared in European newspapers (most U.S. media deemed them too controversial), are being published this month in an oversized book designed to recall the newspaper comics of yesteryear. Spiegelman himself is a prominent character in the book, an anguished "ancient mariner" compelled to retell the horrifying story of the attacks.
A former staff artist for the New Yorker, the magazine for which he created a memorable black-on-black cover image of the towers just after 9/11, Spiegelman is best known for his ground-breaking Holocaust comic, Maus.
Reprinted with permission from In the Shadow of No Towers by Art Spiegleman. Copyright 2004 Art Spiegelman.