Art Spiegelman

He has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. Spiegelmann studied cartooning in high school and began drawing professionally at age 16. He taught history and aesthetics of comics at the School for Visual Arts in New York from 1979-1986. In 1980, he founded RAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine, with his wife. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus. In 2005, Spiegelman was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” and in 2015 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content. He always highlights the ever-growing importance of the comic in a post-literate culture for "comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not in holograms, and people think in bursts of language, not in paragraphs.”