Friday, August 5, 2011

Day 12 - A comic everyone should read

Still without internet (well without mine, borrowing this from a neighbour) anyway this is an easy one. The comic everyone should read is Maus.

The true story of Art Spiegelman's father, an Auschwitz survivor. The comic book twist used is that the Jewish characters are portrayed as mice and the Germans are cats. It's like a terrible, dark version of Tom and Jerry. It sounds trite but it is one of the most powerful comic books ever written. In 2008 it ranked at number 7 on a list of 100 new classics published since 1983, and that's for all books - not just graphic novels. If ever there was a piece of graphic fiction that showed what the format can do then this is it.

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