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Breakdowns, retrato del artista como un joven %@#$!

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Publicado originalmente en 1977 en revistas y fanzines underground, Breakdowns recoge los primeros trabajos de Art Spiegelman, incluyendo las primeras páginas de Maus (Mondadori, 2007) e incluso colaboraciones para La pandilla basura. Una mirada autobiográfica a la evolución artística de uno de los dibujantes de cómic más destacados de la historia del género.
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published 2009 by Mondadori (first published January 1st 1977)
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Sam Quixote
Sep 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Breakdowns" is a reprint of the same book published in the 70s except with a brief autobiographical intro by the author. The intro features nothing new to anyone with a passing interest in artists/writers: growing up Spiegelman wasn't good at sports so he turned to the life of the mind. He was influenced by MAD magazine, R.Crumb, and Peanuts. Wow, just like everyone else who grew up to be a cartoonist then.

Then onto the book itself which features short strips. One is a dry and unfunny examinat
Sep 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A terrific book that chronicles Spiegelman's coming-of-age amidst a jewish upbringing condemned to neurotic blame and guilt put on by the holocaust. it's a declaration of how he arrived to be a comic book artist, his father exclaiming "you have to use what little space you have to pack inside everything you can" case the Nazis "everything you can" in a tiny graphic square. he is an experimental concept artist, exploring the implications of the frame, of making victi ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that has completely changed my perspective not just of comics but the world altogether. I'm not raving about Art Spiegelman being a genius, which he uncontrollably is, but about the way this book has articulated his journey from one point in his life, a disillusioned artist, to another, a more self aware (even if arguably still disillusioned) artist.

Breakdowns is, in every definition of the word, exactly what it means.
Josephus FromPlacitas
The book is a collection of short strips, reprinting a short collection of "experimental" strips from the 1970s, with an introductory batch of new strips and an afterword giving the back story of the reprinted book.

The more accessible the strips, the more I was able to enjoy them. And the more the future New Yorker editor pontificates on and scrutinizes The Meaning And Practice Of Art, the less I could feign interest.

It's almost as if there is a constant war between the artist, the filmmaker,
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, comics
I probably started checking out Underground Comix in the early 1970s when I was a teenager. Given that I was growing out of reading the Marvel Comics (& such-like) & Mad Magazines that had been so central to my childhood, I don't think I was really much in the mood to be impressed by any comics anymore. I reckon I had hopes that underground comics wd provide more profoundly current philosophical perspectives & I reckon that they probably did - but I still don't recall being impressed ...more
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Art Spiegelman et Maus, Maus et Art Spiegelman, rarement une œuvre aura autant collé à son auteur. Cet extraordinaire témoignage a trouvé sa place dans la liste des ouvrages qui ont marqué leur art et mis son créateur dans la position, parfois inconfortable, de "Grand". Après le discutable et discuté À l’ombre des tours mortes, album réaction aux attentats du 11 septembre 2001, Breakdowns s'attache aux débuts de l’auteur. A moitié constitué de récits anciens et à moitié de bandes-commentaires su ...more
Well, if nothing else, this book makes clear, to those not already aware of it, what a high opinion Spiegelman has of himself. Not that it's entirely unjustified, of course; he is a master of comics technique, as is abundantly evident here. He's also an impressive stylist, capable both of striking images in his "own" style and excellent pastiche work of various figures, not to mention cunning use of collage. But he also comes across as pretty consistently impressed with himself, which is unseeml ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A very disappointing book. I initially was thrilled to hear that Art Spiegelman, the author of legendary graphic novel “Maus,” was going to be in Portland in mid-October as part of the Powell’s Book Events series. Like many others, I paid my $5 to get in at the Bagdad Theater.
Despite poor lighting in the auditorium, which, from my vantage point at the back of the room, made Spiegelman’s backlit silhouette appear vaguely ant-like as he was standing in the shadows in front of a projector screen,
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aside from his penchant for obnoxiously-oversized books, Art Spiegelman demands shelf space in any comics aficionado's abode. With Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!, the reader is actually presented with a fusion of two separate books - his infamous $8.95 foray into underground comix, 1977's Breakdowns (which features the appropriately-sized "Hell Planet" story seen by most readers in Maus, which is itself a vastly extended version of the three-page 1972 "Maus" story as it ...more
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Art Spiegelman (born Itzhak Avraham ben Zeev) is New-York-based comics artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic memoir, Maus.
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