A poorly formatted Art Spiegelman interview nonetheless captures the spirit of the times:

Q: How has the world of comics changed since you entered?

A: Well, I would say while America has been going into an absolute nose dive and turning to (expletive), comics have been doing great, much to my happy astonishment . . . and I would say, during the last few years, more so than ever. Comics have just been kind of upgraded in their cultural status.

Q: They’re more respected as a form of literature now.

A: Yeah, when I was first being a cartoonist, I would really hesitate to tell people what I did. It certainly didn’t win me any points with the girls, I’ll tell you.

Q: And now it’s got cachet . . .

A: It’s got cachet! It’s like being a small-scale rock ‘n’ roll star.