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Art Spiegelman speaks tonight in D.C.

Hallowed comic book writer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman (Raw magazine, Maus, ) will be George Washington University here in D.C. tonight discussing “Comix 101.1,” whatever that is.

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Spiegelman’s speech begins at 7 p.m. in the Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building at GW, 805 21st St. NW. (Phone (202) 994-5206).

I want desperately to go, but as you regular readers (yes, all five of you) have probably surmised, I am wickedly busy. I’ve got actual work-related writing to do, I’m walking something like 700 neighborhood dogs, I’m tending to a post-surgery sweetie, and I’m preparing to move both of us into a much smaller apartment in two weeks. This is why, Facebook friends, I’ve been complaining about falling asleep every night at 10:30. My shit is tired. Or vitamin-deficient.

My Amazon order arrived!

Just moments ago I opened a much anticipated package from Amazon. What does it say about me that I am excited equally about:

Susan Sontag‘s Reborn: Journals and Notebooks 1947-1963:
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And the Wacky Packages book:

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I think it means I’m solidly middlebrow.

But, did you notice the Wacky Package book has an introduction by cartoonist/graphic novelist Art Speigelman? He’s a Pulitzer Prize winner! Did you know Mr. Spiegelman and Zippy The Pinhead creator Bill Griffith used to draw these Wacky Packages cards for the Topps Company? (Hey, remember the day Bill left a comment on the blog?)

Which book would you rather peruse? Anyone for both?

Let’s vote: Wacky Packages or Garbage Pail Kids?

I thought the Wacky Packages sticker series was so droll when I was a child growing up in the 1970s. Remember these?

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But then, even at a young age I was a fan of satire. In the third grade I wrote a very clever play about my classmates that my teacher had me read aloud. I switched my fellow pupils’ names to be jokey. Eric St. Alman became Eric St. Pecan and so on. (The wit! Surely I would be a future “Shouts and Murmurs” contributor!)

Later, in the mid- 1980s, came the Garbage Pail Kids, which I did not find as amusing. They seemed to lack the comedic sophistication, if you will, of Wacky Packages.

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But let’s not be snobbish. We’ll leave it to a vote: Wacky Packages or Garbage Pail Kids?

Interestingly, both card lines were created by some very big names in comic books including Bill Griffith (Zippy The Pinhead) and Art Spiegelman (Maus).

UPDATE: Freaking Bill Griffith left a comment! See for yourself!

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