Today in Comics, BEA edition

It’s almost like I’m fixated

Art Spiegelman: “I wanted this Faustian deal to get struck,” he said. “I thought, ‘This would be good if comics were in bookstores and you could find them without blushing,’ but like with most publishing, it moves in waves and fads. Every publisher wants to have one, but they haven’t a clue as to what a good one or a bad one might be.” He’s reading a lot of manga, he says, but FSG’s new graphic versions of historical events — the 9/11 Report, the life of Muhammad Ali — “are not very good. They remind me of certain comics I had in a separate corner of my comic library, which were like My Friend Wheat. You’re supposed to learn something. They have pictures, they have text, but they don’t have that beat.”

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