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Nadja Spiegelman

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Nadja Spiegelman
Born (1987-05-13) May 13, 1987 (age 37)
Occupationwriter, cartoonist, editor
Notable worksI'm Supposed to Protect You from All This
ParentsArt Spiegelman
Françoise Mouly

Nadja Spiegelman (born May 13, 1987) is an American writer and cartoonist. She is the author of articles, books, and graphic novels, as well as a literary magazine editor.

Early life, family and education


Nadja Spiegelman is the daughter of cartoonist Art Spiegelman (author of the graphic novel Maus) and Françoise Mouly (art editor of the New Yorker since 1993). She appears in several of Art Spiegelman's works: Maus is dedicated to her and (in later editions) her brother Dashiell Spiegelman, as well as her father's deceased brother, Richieu,[1] and she plays a role in In the Shadow of No Towers, an autobiographical exploration of September 11.[2] She attended Stuyvesant High School in downtown Manhattan.[3]



Spiegelman is the author of I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This, a memoir about her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and the fallibility of memory. She has also written four graphic novels for children, Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework,[4] Zig and Wikki in The Cow,[5] Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure , and Blancaflor (a NYT top children's books of the year)[6] under the TOON Books imprint.

In 2012, Nadja Spiegelman contributed[7] to the creation of Blown Covers, Françoise Mouly's book of rejected New Yorker covers and is listed as the associate editor. In advance of the book's publication, Spiegelman and Mouly launched a Blown Covers tumblr which ran until October 2012. On the tumblr, the mother-daughter team hosted weekly themed 'New Yorker' cover-esque contests with prompts such as Mother's Day[8] or the Trayvon Martin shooting.[9] Artists submitted sketches, and 12 winners were posted every Friday along with editorial commentary by Mouly and Spiegelman. An image submitted through the website was published on the cover of The New Yorker in June 2012.[10] As well as the contest, the tumblr also showcased images from the Mouly-Spiegelman archives, including old photographs and pages from Raw magazine and ran weekly artist spotlights.

In 2016, Nadja Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly launched Resist!, a publication of political comics and graphics by mostly female artists, conceived as a reaction to the election of Donald Trump as president. They created a website with an open call for submissions, similar to the method used to promote Blown Covers. The first issue, in the form of a tabloid newspaper, was printed at 60,000 copies and given away for free at protests of Donald Trump's inauguration across the United States.[11] Their 96-page second issue was published in the summer of 2017.[12] Nadja Spiegelman received a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellowship.[13]

Spiegelman was the Online Editor of The Paris Review (2017–20),[14] where she is credited with expanding its reach with new essays and columns on poetry and feminism, in addition to adding such noted writers as Sabrina Orah Mark, Hanif Abdurraqib, Tash Aw, Nina MacLaughlin, Meghan O'Gieblyn, and Elisa Gabbert.[15]

In 2020, Spiegelman was announced as the editor-in-chief of a new international print literary magazine, Astra Magazine.[16] It folded after 2 issues.


  1. ^ Spiegelman, Art. "Study Guide: Maus: A Survivor's Tale What's Up With the Epigraph?". shmoop.com. Shmoop University Inc. Retrieved August 17, 2021.
  2. ^ Fleisher, Jeff (October 17, 2004). "In the Shadow of No Towers". Mother Jones. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "A Comic-Book Response To 9/11 and Its Aftermath". The New York Times. August 7, 2004. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
  4. ^ Jonker, Travis (May 13, 2010). "Zig and Wikki by Nadja Spiegelman". Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "Energy Cycles: Nadja Spiegelman Explains the Creation of Zig and Wikki's Latest Book". Graphic Novel Reporter. Archived from the original on December 11, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  6. ^ "The 25 Best Children's Books of 2021". The New York Times. December 3, 2021. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
  7. ^ Les Clefs Relle (December 5, 2012). "Interview With Nadja Spiegelman". Etre App'art. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  8. ^ "The Blown Covers Of Mother's Day". The Awl. May 1, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  9. ^ "The Best of the 'Blown Covers' Contest". The New Yorker. May 3, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  10. ^ Spiegelman, Nadja; Mouly, Françoise (November 30, 2012). "Cover Story: From Blog to Magazine Cover". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on July 3, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2021.
  11. ^ "Going to the Women's March? You're Going to Want to Get Your Hands on Resist!". Vogue. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  12. ^ "Resist Submission". Resist Submission. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  13. ^ "MacDowell Fellowships Awarded to 74 Artists in Multiple Disciplines". macdow.convio.net. The MacDowell Colony. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  14. ^ "Masthead". theparisreview.org. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link); "Masthead". theparisreview.org. Archived from the original on March 1, 2021. Retrieved August 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  15. ^ "Nadja Spiegelman to Head New Literary Quarterly". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
  16. ^ "Author-editor Nadja Spiegelman to edit new literary magazine". AP NEWS. April 21, 2021. Retrieved December 10, 2021.