28 March 2012

Very Interesting Comic

Jessica Brink

The story, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman, starts out with a brief event that happened in Artie’s childhood. He was sad because his friends left him, and his father basically says they are not his friends. The next scene,Artie gets a call from his step mother, Mala. She complains that his father climbed on the roof to fix the drain in the middle of the night. She wants him to come over and help his father. He says he was up late, and will call later. Artie eventually calls his father back, and says he cant go.

About a week later, Artie goes to his fathers. His father sends him upstairs to his step mother. Mala says that Artie’s father found a comics strip Artie had made, and it really upset him. The two go on a walk, where Artie’s father tells him the story the Holocaust. He goes into great detail about what happened to all the members of their family. He described several hideouts that they created to stay safe from the Nazis. He told Artie about the few jewels he was able to keep safe, by hiding them in a fireplace. While he tells the story, they walk to a place where Artie’s father has a safety deposit box. He give Artie a key, and says if anything happens to him, to hurry up and get everything out of the box. Mala was only wanting his money, and wanted him to change his will. His father shows Artie what is inside the box, including a ring he had given Artie’s mother when they came to America.

The one thing I can relate to this comic is the fact you can make a comic into anything. Like what McCloud says in his book, Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, that comics can be written about anything, for anyone and be made into anything. Here we have a comic, about the Holocaust, where all the characters are mice, and cats that look live like humans. One of the oddest, yet effective, comics that I have read.I like the idea of making the stories into comics, because it can reach out to a greater audience, of book readers and comic lovers.


  1. Not a bad post, but keep in mind that you read the Introduction and Ch. 5. So there's more to the story than just this :-)

  2. I concur Jessica Brink. I find it fascinating that a comic book could relay such a serious and dark topic. Not only is it a good read for the historical content, but the art is also interesting and creative!