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It’s axiomatic now that comics have gone from being kids’ stuff to, in some cases, adults only. These days, comics are recognized as a real artistic form, one that can be complex, subtle, pointed, probing and profane.

One of the artists most responsible for this is Art Spiegelman, who drew for Topps Bubble Gum comics, invented the Garbage Pail Kids, created a character who was all head, no body, for Playboy and won the Pulitzer Prize for Maus, his Holocaust comic — a phrase that was once unfathomable.

Spiegelman has edited magazines and has drawn famous covers for The New Yorker. “As an art form, the comic strip is barely past its infancy,” he once wrote. So am I. Maybe we’ll grow up together.”

A new restrospective of his work has been published by Drawn and Quarterly. It’s called Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk

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