Maus

November 4, 2009 at 12:01 pm (art, books, cartoons, comics) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I finally read Maus. It’s a graphic novel split into two books, although you can find them in one, in which the comic artist portrays himself as trying to understand his father’s past.  His father was a Polish Jew who survived the concentration camps during World War II.  This book is not just about his father’s experience, but also about the artist’s experience with his father. 

The graphic novel is truly a survivor’s tale: the father’s and the son’s.  If you think comics are just for kids or the child at heart think again and read this semi autobiographically comic. Spielgelman uses the art form of comics to the fullest.  The Germans are depicted as cats while the Jews are mice.  There are also a few times in which the people are depicted in human form to separate to reality of making the comic and the comic itself.  The use of exaggeration available to comics also helps with the storyline.  The art is the basic black and white with square boxes that many comics have and its easy to follow. 

If you’ve read Maus what do you think about it?

Kagehime

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Comic prowess

May 23, 2009 at 3:49 am (art) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I figured I better write some about art since my blog is titled “the life of an artist in the making.” I’ve found from drawing comics and writing them that doing both is rather difficult.  Besides the fact that it takes longer doing both, I’ve found that graphic novel artists need to know about fashion, architecture, plants, facial expressions, and just about everything you see.  After all it  is a visual art. On the otherhand a writer of a novel has to have the vocabulary and knowledge in order to describe these things.  At least I think they should. 

Graphic novels, manga and such should be taken seriously at least by the artist/authors, but I have the feeling that a lot of American manga is not taken very seriously.  The most of the stories seem to be comedic in that has gag after gag.  They’re often over photoshopped. Americans still have awesome graphic novels though. Britains got awesome ones too coming from Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore. Problem is they don’t seem as popular here as manga.  Compare the graphic novel section to the manga section in a book store. 

Graphic novels are becoming more popular as more movies are being made from them like Corraline and The Watchmen and as people realize graphic novels aren’t just silly none sense as with Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (also made into a movie) and Art Spiegelman’s Maus.

Kagehime

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