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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Maus author Art Spiegelman says:


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Maus grew out of a comic strip I did in 1971 for an underground comic book: a three-page strip that was based on stories of my father's and mother's that I recalled being told in childhood....In 1977 I decided to do [a] longer work, [and] I set up an arrangement to see my father more often and talk to him about his experiences....Although I set about...to do a history of sorts, I'm all too aware that ultimately what I'm creating is a realistic fiction. The experiences my father actually went through [are not exactly the same as] what he's able to remember and what he's able to articulate of these experiences. Then there's what I'm able to understand of what he articulated, and what I'm able to put down on paper. And then of course there's what the reader can make of that....It's important to me that Maus is done in comic strip form, because it's what I'm most comfortable shaping and working with. Maus for me in part is a way of telling my parents' life and therefore coming to terms with it....It's not a matter of choice in the sense that I don't feel I could deal with this material as prose, or as a series of paintings, or as a film, or as poetry....In looking at other art and literature that's been shaped from the Holocaust-a historic term I find problematic - that material is often very high pitched....I feel a need for a more subdued approach, which would incorporate distancing devices like using these animal mask faces. Another aspect of the way I've chosen to use this material is that I've entered myself into the story. So the way the story got told and who the story was told to is as important [as] my father's narrative. To me that's at the heart of the work.


from Oral History Journal, Spring 1987 )

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hey mr hannigan,

In the virtual history bundle, is the It happened Here movie about Hitler's England?

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Posted by not Gretchine at Saturday, March 10, 2007 18:25:54

Hello,

What does the fact that "It Happened Here" is a low-budget alternative history film about Hitler conquering and occupying England have to do with Art Spiegelman's comments?

Posted by Not Hannigan at Saturday, March 10, 2007 22:41:43

Hello,

It has nothing to do with that.

Posted by not josiah...wait yeah it is at Monday, March 12, 2007 18:41:59

AIIYO

what no josiah said.

Posted by not gretchine at Monday, March 19, 2007 21:12:22

I agree with Not Josiah.

Posted by Not Idrees at Sunday, March 25, 2007 23:23:56

Hey! That guy ain't a mouse! What's up with that???

Posted by Homer at Thursday, March 18, 2010 23:23:14
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