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Seeing legendary comic artist Art Spiegelman is a treat on its own. But tonight at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, comic fans, history buffs, and lit geeks alike will be treated to a double whammy, when Spiegelman discusses the ins and outs of his best-loved work, Maus. In his 2011 book MetaMaus, Spiegelman unpacks the back story of his two-part anthropomorphous memoir, which he based on his Polish father’s life before, during, and after the Holocaust, with Jews depicted as mice, Nazis as cats, Poles as pigs, and so on. The new book documents the 13 years Spiegelman spent working on the project, offering insights into his artistic choices as well as his own life. His concept ignited the comic community, and elevated Maus to one of the century’s most lauded pieces of Holocaust literature—and the only comic book ever to win a Pulitzer Prize.

Art Spiegelman talks at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $20. washingtondcjcc.org. (202) 518-9400.