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Comics In the shadow of no towers Art Spiegelman (2004)
Created in response to the trauma caused by the attacks of September 11, 2001, the comic strip In the Shadow of No Towers accompanied the long healing process of a city hit by infamy. An artistic testimony all the more precious as visually remarkable...
Ground Zero
Ground Zero by Marion Rolland.

I saw dazed pigeons standing motionless on the sidewalks of Lower Manhattan for days after the explosions of 9/11. It’s been two years, and most New Yorkers seem to be back to their daily routines… but, under the surface, we’re all still a bunch of dazed pigeons…

Art Spiegelman

Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Art Spiegelman and his wife are walking through the streets of New York when the first plane hits one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. It is 8:14 am. Less than two hours later, at 10:03 a.m., a second aircraft crashed into the second tower. Soon, the designer goes to pick up his daughter from school, the establishment being near the Twin Towers. Two other aircraft were involved. One targets the Pentagon and the other crashes into the countryside in Shakville, Pennsylvania, with the crew and passengers successfully routing the terrorists… The city sinks into chaos. The two iconic skyscrapers collapsed, covering part of lower Manhattan with thick, debris-laden smoke.

As the days go by and the origin of the suicide bombings is revealed, Art Spiegelman decides to take his pencils to draw on the theme of this immense tragedy and its repercussions on the country as well as on its inhabitants. His work, embodied and committed, does not find a favorable echo in the United States. All the newspapers to which he proposes In the Shadow of No Towers refuse. The author of Maus therefore sent it to Europe where it was more favourably received. Published in the German weekly Die Zeit and in the Courrier International in France, the comic strip can also be read in the pages of The Independent in England.

In America, only The Forward, a small circulation weekly, grants him the favors of a publication. A situation that encouraged Spiegelman to self-publish his work. This one is composed of ten extremely rich plates, combining various techniques, between drawing and photography, two-color and four-color. In 2004, the book is finally recognized for its true value by being included in the selection of the 100 must-haves of the year by the New York Times Book Review…

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In the Shadow of No Towers was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 must-reads of 2004.

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By Gilles Rolland

Monday, January 17, 2022

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