Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist, illustrator, and author of the critically acclaimed graphic novels Maus and Maus II, will discuss the evolution of comics and their value as artistic and cultural mediums at 7 p.m. March 4 at the Liberty Theater in Puyallup.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for Pierce College students. Tickets are available at the Office of Student Life, College Center building, Room 210, Pierce College Puyallup, 1601 39th Ave. SE, by calling 253-840-8415 or online at Ticketmaster. Early ticket purchase is recommended, as this event is expected to sell out quickly.

Speigelman is best known for his Holocaust narrative, Maus, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. The comic portrays Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. He followed it up with Maus II, in which he chronicled his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their later life in America.

Spiegelman’s incredibly diverse career includes a decade of writing and illustrating for The New Yorker magazine. He also founded, with his wife, RAW, the avant-garde comics magazine. He has written and illustrated In the Shadow of No Towers, which was selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004.

Spiegelman’s lecture, What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?, is presented by the Pierce College Puyallup Office of Student Life as part of the 2009-10 Artists and Speakers Series.