In the Shadow of No Towers

~by Art Spiegelman
2005 Eisner Award Winner
2005 Quill Award Nominee

In the Shadow of No Towers is divided into two sections. The first is the complete serialization of Art Spiegelman's work "In the Shadow of No Towers," written in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Spiegelman lives in New York City, and his daughter was attending school not far from the towers, so he was understandably deeply affected by the events. Each page is done in a large-page format, and the style of each page consists of a rather eclectic collage of original and inspired strips. The work was so controversial at the time of its creation that Spiegelman found it difficult to publish in the United States, so it primarily appeared in European newspapers. The second section of the book looks at the political history of early newspaper comics, the source of much of the inspiration of "In the Shadow of No Towers." Overall, the book and the graphic art is a very effective medium for expressing the author's struggle with the events surrounding September 11.

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