As part of the BBC’s ongoing Meet the Author series, wee Art Spiegelman popped in yesterday for an interview with Nick Higham. I imagine they talked about Maus what with it being the 25th anniversary of the book, but then I’m just making a wild stab in the dark here because I spent the duration of the interview behind the counter. I’ll have to tune in with the rest of you and watch it on the BBC News Channel at 7:50pm tonight for the five minute show. I’ll sound the trumpets as soon as it’s on iPlayer. Meanwhile, here’s a recent interview with the man over at The Guardian. “Having a writer in the family is to have a traitor in it,” he says, and he’s right.
The latest Spiegelman book on the shelf is Metamaus, a a gorgeously bound hardcover in which you can read the transcripts of Spiegelman’s interviews with his father, his wife, and his children, see early artwork drafts, and stare gaping-mouthed at an astonishing collection of rejection letters from publishing houses. It’s £25 and well worth it.
The above photos are Exhibit A for why Hayley Campbell should never be allowed to take photos of people under 5’10.