Weekends are often good opportunities for me to catch up on reading. This weekend I’m continuing my on-again, off-again graphic novel jag by picking up a graphic novel modern classic: Art Spiegelman’s Maus, the story of his parents’ experience as WWII concentration camp survivors.
I’m approaching the book, which has been on my list for years, with some trepidation because of its ghastly subject matter. But I’m also expecting it to be a great story, not least of all because of the melding of text with illustrations. Many great writers, including Anne Frank, Viktor Frankl, Elie Wiesel, and Gerda Weissmann Klein, have, through words alone, eloquently conveyed the horror of the Holocaust as well as the hope that sprang up afterward. I’m looking forward to seeing how Spiegelman uses pictures to tell and reinforce his parents’ story.
What graphic novels or comics do you think have told stories particularly effectively?