New D+Q: Von Spatz by Anna Haifisch

Von Spatz is officially out today! Get your hand on a copy to discover the hilarious and somewhat sad story of Walt Disney's stay at the Von Spatz Rehabilitation center, after his infamous nervous breakdown.

With a campus that includes studio buildings, a gallery, an art supply store, a hot dog booth, and a penguin pool, the clinic is a paradise for artists in crisis. There Disney meets Tomi Ungerer and Saul Steinberg, and together, they embark on a regimen of relaxation and art therapy.

Haifisch looks at the fervent drive and crippling insecurities of the average artist and places those same issues on the shoulders of three celebrated 20th century artists. Part study of isolation, part tale of a begrudging camaraderie, daily life at the center mixes with reminiscences from the world outside. Wryly written, precisely composed, and glowingly coloured, Von Spatz is a hilarious, heartwarming absurdist tale.

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