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In 1987 the work of a young cartoonist by the name of Chris Ware caught the eye of Art Spiegelman, then editor of the comics magazine Raw, who invited Ware to contribute. Spiegelman went on to win acclaim and a Pulitzer Prize for his Maus books, graphic novels based on his family's experiences in the Holocaust; Ware, a Reader contributor, has won a number of awards for his "Acme Novelty Library" comics, starring such sad sacks as Rusty Brown and Jimmy Corrigan. An opulent all-comics issue of McSweeney's guest edited by Ware and featuring an installment of Spiegelman's 9/11-themed "In the Shadow of No Towers" (which ran in this paper last year), just hit the streets to rave reviews. Friday, May 28, at 4:30 the two artists will have a public conversation at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis; Michael Rooks, formerly of the MCA and now a curator at Honolulu's Contemporary Museum, will moderate. It's free; call 773-834-3403.

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