What is unique about this comic is that the characters are mice. Artie, a mouse, has a dilemma with his father. The dilemma he has is something he holds onto from when he was a child. As a child, he felt like his father always wanted to prove him wrong. It could be assumed from the conversation between Artie and his stepmother, Mala, that Artie’s father has an obsession with wanting to fix things. Artie’s father seems to push him away at times. Mala tells Artie that she thinks his father might be upset about his comic strip “Prisoner on Hell Planet.” In “Prisoner on Hell Planet,” Artie’s mother dies of suicide and he feels guilty about it. Artie’s comic was upsetting to some people because it was his own personal story based on his mother. The comic brought pain to Artie’s father because it only brought back memories of his first wife. On the way to the bank, Artie’s father discusses his experience in Srodula in 1943, a concentration camp. In the camp it came to a point that the children had to be given away for it was probably the best choice for them at the time. Another scenario that happened at the camp was that a jewish mother killed herself and her children because she refused to go to Auschwitz. Artie’s father survived Auschwitz by creating a hole from the kitchen to the cellar. He called the safe area to hide a “bunker.” Eventually he and his buddies got caught. They moved to another area where he found his love, Anga, and they both survived together. Artie’s father finishes telling the story. Artie and his father then go to the bank to get a key to a safe box. Artie’s father gave a key to his son. Inside the box were items from Srodula, and again he experiences painful memories of his first wife.
I thought it was funny that the mouse had briefs on. I also found interesting that the narrator in “Prisoner on Hell Planet” appeared like he was taking a mug shot. Could this symbolic? Was there a reason why when the guy was told about his mother’s death, he was already in a prison outfit? I am not sure if the drawings were bad or what they were, but the Nazis looked like pigs when Artie’s father was telling the story.