A classic of a different kind – by which I mean that I am declaring it to be a classic right here and now – is Co-Mix, a “retrospective” of comics, graphics and “scraps” by Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Maus. Among the collectors’ items gathered within are full-page reproductions of covers for Robert Crumb’s Short Order Comix; a full-size insert of the long out of print Raw comic Two-Fisted Painters; and Spiegelman’s peerlessly brilliant New Yorkerstrips about Maurice Sendak and – my favourite – Charles Schulz. The ultimate swank present for any completist Spiegelman fan.

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