Art Spiegelman wins Angouleme Grand Prix
1st February 2011
Pulitzer laureate Art Spiegelman has become the third American to win the Grand Prix of France's Angouleme world comic strip festival.
The comic book artist, whose works include Maus, an animal fable based on his Jewish father's experiences during the Holocaust, was awarded the prize on Sunday (January 30th).
Spiegelman, who received a special citation for letters in the 1992 Pulitzer Prizes, told the festival's organisers that it is an 'incredible honour' to receive the Grand Prix, adding: 'I've learned so much from the French comics.'
The only other Americans to be granted the Angouleme's top award are Will Eisner, who received the prize in 1975, and Robert Crumb, in 1999.
Italian artist Manuele Fior also received the Angouleme award for best comic strip album for his Five Thousand Kilometres Per Second, while the graphic novel Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli won the grand jury prize, the AFP reported.
Spiegelman has been honoured by France before. In 2005, he was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his contribution to art and literature.