VON SPATZ ANNA HAIFISCH Rotopol (Germany) | October 2015 | 68 Pages | Color
Foreign sales: France (Misma); Spain (Reservoir Books); USA/ Canada/UK (Drawn & Quarterly) Nominee for the Max und Moritz-Preis 2016 Deceptively simple... Dreams and hallucinations bleed into the depictions of recovery. With jokes aimed at art-comics insiders, this tongue-in-cheek experimental mishmash asks: are visionaries crazy because they make art, or do they make art to keep the craziness at bay?—Publishers Weekly Absurdist and experimental but also funny and heartwarming.—Barnes & Noble Review A magic-realist examination of the life of Walt Disney. —Matthew Thurber, Artsy In the hills of Santa Monica lies the ‘From Spatz Rehab Center’. A mental hospital for artists and employees of the show business. For the reassur- ance of nerves a bevy of psychiatrists, nurses and caretakers are available. Patients are required to devote themselves fully to their recovery and ar- tistic work at this location. For this purpose, the hospital management provides studio buildings, an art supply store, a gallery, and much more. The clinic manager, Margarete von Spatz, cares lovingly for her fosterlings, one of which is Walt Disney. During the numerous afternoon ac- tivities, such as painting therapy, penguin ser- vice and kneading, Walt muses about his life as an artist. How could the father of a mouse lose his mind? ANNA HAIFISCH was born in 1986 in Leipzig. She studied Illustration there at the Academy of Visual Arts. During her studies, Anna worked for one year at Kayrock Screenprinting Inc. in Brooklyn . In 2013 she founded the comic festival The Millionaires Club with six friends . Together with James Turek , she launched the mini-comic project Tiny Masters in 2014 .