“Right after September 11, 2001, while waiting for another terrorist attack, many found solace in poetry: others looked for it in old comics,” notes Art Spiegelman who, living in lower Manhattan, experienced the collapse of the Twin Towers up close. With his back to the World Trade Center, he didn’t witness the first plane crash, he just heard it. As for the second, he discovered it on television, at home while he was on the phone. From the high school where he had gone to look for his daughter, he saw the first tower collapse, an incandescent skeleton disintegrating into toxic dust, a vision of the apocalypse that he translates to the graphic palette in In the shadow of the dead towers.
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