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Art Spiegelman’s ‘Maus’ is a retelling of his father’s memories of his time in Auschwitz and the way he, himself, dealt with his difficult relationship with his father. It won Spiegelman the Pulitzer Prize.

As you can see from these images, different people are represented as different characters. Jew’s are represented as the mice of the title, a satirical comment on Nazi propaganda that Jew’s were vermin. Germans are represented as cats, who hunt the mice. The colourless illustrations may also be a comment on the period represented. Perhaps one of the most interesting things is how the content works with the media used to portray it. Comics books are often considered fun, fantastical things, however the subject portrayed is one of the most harrowing tales of mistreatment in human history.


Joe Sacco is a journalist who produces comics and graphic novels of his travels and people and places he encounters. His best known work is ‘Palestine’, a graphic novel about his time there and the stories he was told by the people he met. It won him the American Book Award in 1996.

This page from ‘Palestine’ shows the sort of everyday issues he encountered, everyday for the people there but not for those the comic is aimed at. Aesthetically, I really like the uses of perspective and the highly detailed illustrations, a strong emphasis on the feet and walking.