Good Book MetaMaus A Look Inside a Modern Classic Maus release This book provides material around the creation of the Maus graphic novels by Art Spiegelman such as interviews details around the pu
Good Book MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus release This book provides material around the creation of the Maus graphic novels by Art Spiegelman, such as interviews, details around the publication process, technical and artistic decisions and sketches It is supplemented by supporting audio and video media material on CD ROM.. A viral Books MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus Maus I : My Father Bleeds History (1986) and Maus II : And Here My Troubles Began (1991) took Art Spiegelman 13 years to create and he had thought during the time that he would have to get the damned thing self-published. Who would want to bother with yet another Holocaust survivor tale – haven’t we had a million of those - and this one as a graphic novel – yes, a comic book, that’s right – with this jarring characterisation of Jews as mice, for God’s sake, and Germans as cats, and Poles as pigs – pigs, yet. What a nightmare. You can imagine what the publishers of the day thought. And yes, there is a nice two page spread in Metamaus of all the rejection letters he received. So anyway, he got the Pulitzer Prize for Maus in 1992.What we have in Metamaus is everything you wanted to know – and quite likely a whole lot more – about this great work. Most of this book is a long interview with Art, which ranges from the personal to the technical and back again. Art has a steady stream of great quotes. A couple of favourites:My father could only remember/understand a part of what he lived through. He could only tell a part of that. I, in turn, could only understand a part of what he was able to tell, and could only communicate a part of that. What remains are ghosts of ghosts.I saw a documentary about skinheads in Germany and one of them had a Maus bookstore poster in his bedroom – it was the only swastika he could get, poor fella.Interviewer : When did your father die?Art : Well, I’ll get back to you on that.Talking about his diffidence about being Jewish -When I was a kid I wasn’t sure being Jewish was such a great idea. I heard they killed people for that.And one from Francoise Mouly, his wife :Next to making Maus, your greatest achievement may have been not turning Maus into a movie.The long interview veers off into pages of artist technicalities, questions like “How did you decide to mess with the griddedness of the page and tilt certain panels out of the tiers?” – only comix geeks will need to read Art’s response. And there are pages of that stuff. But wait, there’s more. Lots more.There’s a cd rom. Well, this whole book is like the EXTRAS section of a movie dvd, and the cd rom is the EXTRAS of the EXTRAS, but it’s like the house in House of Leaves, the cd rom is bigger than the book, way bigger. You get the complete Maus, and you get for each page original sketches plus audio of Art and Art’s dad Vladek whose story this is. You get articles, you get more interviews, entire achives, you get a 45 minute home movie of Art visiting Auschwitz…. There’s a ton of stuff here. One stop shop for Maus fans. This got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be great if there were metaversions of all your favourite books? Metalolita! Metamezzanine! (Yes!) Metalastexittobrooklyn! Come on, do it!I'm classifying this as "read" but I'll be coming back to it for years, it's huge.