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Creating Maus: Spiegelman’s sketches revealed

A page of sketches for Maus

Art Spiegelman’s Maus has a straightforwardness to it that makes it look easy, but the book MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic is testimony to the years of preparation that went into the book. MetaMaus includes a lengthy interview with Spiegelman on his sources, his process, and the research he put into Maus, as well as illustration of primary source material and lots of sketches. The book is accompanied by a DVD that includes both volumes of Maus and audio recordings of Spiegelman’s father Vladek, who narrates the story to his son.

Suvudu has posted a 24-page excerpt from the MetaMaus DVD that shows the preliminary sketches and finished pages of two pages of Maus, and it’s well worth a look to see how Spiegelman developed his story on paper. The book complements this nicely with Spiegelman’s descriptions of the work, and it’s well worth checking out when it is released on Oct. 4.

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Neat.

The first time I read Maus, at the age of 11, I was mainly blown away by the content, the chronicling of the Holocaust. Rereading it as an adult, well, all that stuff’s still there, obviously, but I really noticed the layouts. Spiegelman is a really fantastic designer and, as you say, the apparent simplicity of his work is deceptive.

And his skill with caricature — find me anybody else who can wring as much emotion as he can out of two dots and two lines.

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