Catalogue


MetaMaus /
Art Spiegelman.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Pantheon Books, c2011.
description
299 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
ISBN
9780375423949
format(s)
Computer Disc, DVD
Holdings
More Details
imprint
New York : Pantheon Books, c2011.
isbn
9780375423949
general note
Includes index.
Part 1 of the DVD-ROM contains a digital reference copy of both volumes of Maus, hyperlinked to an archive of sketches and page drafts, audio clips of Vladek (Spiegelman's survivor father) about his life as a Polish Jew during World War II, as well as documentary source material, video clips, and audio commentary by the cartoonist; pt. 2 contains a collection of supplementary documents, sources, and commentary.
abstract
Visually and emotionally rich, MetaMaus is as groundbreaking as the masterpiece whose creation it reveals. In the pages of MetaMaus, Art Spiegelman re-enters the Pulitzer prize-winning Maus, the modern classic that has altered how we see literature, comics, and the Holocaust ever since it was first published twenty-five years ago. He probes the questions that Maus most often evokes -- Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics? -- and gives us a new and essential work about the creative process. MetaMaus includes a bonus CD-R that provides a digitized reference copy of The Complete Maus linked to a deep archive of audio interviews with his survivor father, historical documents, and a wealth of Spiegelman's private notebooks and sketches. Compelling and intimate, MetaMaus is poised to become a classic in its own right. - Publisher.
catalogue key
7627088
technical details
System requirements for CD-ROM: Windows XP or later (XP/Vista/Windows 7) ; Intel or PowerPC Macintosh (Mac OS X 10.4 or later) ; Quicktime ; screen resolution 1024x768 or greater.
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
National Jewish Book Awards, USA, 2011 : Won
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-11-15:
"There's a 5000 pound mouse breathing down my neck!" Spiegelman tells us about the book that "both 'made' [him] and haunted [him] ever since." For 25 years, it's been: Why comics? Why mice? Why the Holocaust? For the silver anniversary of the only graphic narrative to have won a Pulitzer Prize, Spiegelman has created a companion volume about the how and the why, plus transcripts, family history, and the original three-page Maus cartoon-all copiously illuminated with hundreds of drawings, photos, and letters (including rejection letters from major publishers), many in color. An accompanying multimedia DVD provides a complete e-copy of Maus, home movies, audio interviews with father Vladek, thousands of additional sketches and cartoons, essays, more interviews, and still additional material. VERDICT Informative about everything you may or may not have thought to ask about Maus and the Spiegelmans, this exhaustive purgative has been well organized and packaged and succeeds in being grimly entertaining, indeed almost addictive. Required reading for serious students of graphic narrative and students of history, and bargained priced as well.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
" Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics? Spiegelman answers intelligently, articulately, and with a high degree of psychological and aesthetic penetration." Booklist , starred review " As a floor plan for endless exploration, it is the Haus That "Maus" Built…Pick any page and gaze. The windows into these stories about the story are to be found at every turn, filling the space with insightful light." Washington Post's Comic Riffs "Art Spiegelman has done more than any other writer of the last few decades to change our understanding of the way stories about the Holocaust can be written… MetaMaus is a profound meditation on the meaning of sources and the uses we make of them." The New Republic "A fascinating meditation on art, writing, and one of the darkest periods in human history." The Atlantic "Striking…a treasure trove of material." Shelf Awareness "Fascinating and often provocative…the accompanying DVD will satisfy the insatiable appetite." Kirkus "Sure to breed excitement." Library Journal "Spiegelman is well-spoken and insightful, and is one of those rare creators who can talk coherently about his own work and process… MetaMaus is thoroughly illustrated with excerpts from Spiegelman's sketchbook, from the original source materials he used when creating his book, and news clippings and other ephemera from the books' storied history…Gripping and smart." Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing "Each page is more beautiful than the next…you'll find yourself as engrossed in it as you were in Maus." Jewish Book Council Blog
“ Sure to breed excitement.” – Library Journal “Fascinating and often provocative&the accompanying DVD will satisfy the insatiable appetite.” – Kirkus “Each page is more beautiful than the next&you’ll find yourself as engrossed in it as you were in Maus.” –Jewish Book Council Blog
" Sure to breed excitement." Library Journal "Fascinating and often provocative…the accompanying DVD will satisfy the insatiable appetite." Kirkus "Each page is more beautiful than the next…you'll find yourself as engrossed in it as you were in Maus." Jewish Book Council Blog " Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics? Spiegelman answers intelligently, articulately, and with a high degree of psychological and aesthetic penetration." Booklist , starred review
“ Sure to breed excitement.” – Library Journal “Fascinating and often provocative&the accompanying DVD will satisfy the insatiable appetite.” – Kirkus
"Richly rewarding…The book also serves as a master class on the making and reading of comics…The last frame encapsulates in one single moment the artfulness behind the tale we've just read, and the uneasy combination of filial pride and anger that flowed through Maus and flows through Metamaus as well." The New York Times Book Review " Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics? Spiegelman answers intelligently, articulately, and with a high degree of psychological and aesthetic penetration." Booklist , starred review " As a floor plan for endless exploration, it is the Haus That "Maus" Built…Pick any page and gaze. The windows into these stories about the story are to be found at every turn, filling the space with insightful light." Washington Post's Comic Riffs "Art Spiegelman has done more than any other writer of the last few decades to change our understanding of the way stories about the Holocaust can be written… MetaMaus is a profound meditation on the meaning of sources and the uses we make of them." The New Republic "A fascinating meditation on art, writing, and one of the darkest periods in human history." The Atlantic "Striking…a treasure trove of material." Shelf Awareness "Fascinating and often provocative…the accompanying DVD will satisfy the insatiable appetite." Kirkus "Sure to breed excitement." Library Journal "Mr. Spiegelman's new book, MetaMaus , functions as a kind of artist's scrapbook, chapbook, photo album and storage trunk. Packed with more extras than a new 'Transformers' DVD, it's a look back at Maus and its complicated composition and reception…Mr. Spiegelman is a witty and testy raconteur, and Ms. Chute knows a good deal about comics and she pulls good things from him…Spiegelman is charismatic, and the photographs of him sprinkled throughout are pretty delightful." New York Times "Spiegelman is well-spoken and insightful, and is one of those rare creators who can talk coherently about his own work and process… MetaMaus is thoroughly illustrated with excerpts from Spiegelman''s sketchbook, from the original source materials he used when creating his book, and news clippings and other ephemera from the books'' storied history…Gripping and smart." Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing "Each page is more beautiful than the next…you'll find yourself as engrossed in it as you were in Maus." Jewish Book Council Blog " MetaMaus is an intriguing look into the guts of a massive artistic-historical project. With its visual, textual and historical components, the book untangles the tight narrative and visual knots into which the medium, the message and the process of 'Maus' are tied. With grist to millers of either 'Maus,' Spiegelman or both, it is a must-have item." Forward "Like a director''s commentary track, the new MetaMaus provides a kind of behind-the-scenes 'Inside Maus ' that rewards us with insights this reviewer, for one, was too blown away to perceive the first time around…It is nothing less than a treatise on the rhythm and grammar of comics storytelling. The visual vocabulary he utilizes turns out to be more ingenious than you (or I, at least) ever suspected." Barnes and Noble review " MetaMaus will leave even the most ardent admirers of Maus newly in awe of its author''s creative courage, ingenuity and stamina." San Francisco Chronicle "When I heard that Pantheon was putting out a commemorative book, I kept forgetting what it was called: was it MegaMaus or MetaMaus ? The book, MetaMaus , published this month, is actually both: mega meta…If Maus has been a touchstone for you over the last decades, you have a new way to understand this moving and revolutionary book." Studio 360 "Staff Pick" "If you love Maus , this is the book for you; it's practically a must-have." Comic Book Bin "What do you get for the classic graphic novel that has everything? MetaMaus is the answer… It's an amazing package, one certainly worthy of awards consideration." Comics Waiting Room " MetaMaus is so much more than a companion; it is a true work of genius art and design…This is a companion in the truest terms, a work of art that leaves no stone unturned, or allows for any doubt or question, and for casual readers of the Pulitzer winning book to the most intense of academics or comic book aficionados, it's a real boon." ComicBuzz.com "The three longest chapters provide nuanced and richly illustrated answers to the questions every reader has probably asked: "Why the Holocaust?" "Why mice?" and "Why comics?" Chute is a skilled and knowledgeable interviewer, Spiegelman a witty, introspective subject, so the process yields insightful observations on the nature of comics, the relationship between reality and narrative, the dynamics of families, and the Holocaust itself." Minneapolis Star-Tribune "a beautiful book, both in visuals and themes, as the writer and artist is interviewed by Hillary Chute about the book that will not die, that he cannot escape, that he wishes would've been discovered only after 25 years after his death instead of being talked about for 25 years straight…mind-blowing." Bookgasm.com "A rich, provocative and visually intriguing work of art, memoir and literary history…eye-catching and highly kinetic…a rare opportunity to witness for ourselves how a masterpiece is conceived and comes into existence." Jewish Journal gift guide "A treasure trove, a wonderful way to dive as deeply into this seminal work as you wish… Maus is one of the very few [books] that can live up to this scrutiny, where the creation is strong enough and so thematically rich as to stand up to the examination, and the artist still has new insight to provide." ComicsWorthReading.com "A truly inspiring look at the creative process." Forces of Geek Holiday Gift Guide "For the past sixty years, Holocaust survivors have expressed their stories in writing. However, few have revolutionized the way people looked at the Holocaust as much as Maus. In his new autobiography, MetaMaus , Spiegelman takes the reader through the inception, process, and completion of his innovative graphic narrative...perhaps the most enchanting and captivating part of this autobiography is the artwork that enhances each page. The book is filled with Spiegelman's rough sketches, inspirations, previous work, and even family photos." Jewish Book World "A fascinating look into how art and history are made." Sacramento News & Review "I found myself repeatedly surprised, even shocked, by new information regarding a book I felt pretty confident I knew a lot about already…If anyone wants to argue about th
"Mr. Spiegelman's new book, MetaMaus , functions as a kind of artist's scrapbook, chapbook, photo album and storage trunk. Packed with more extras than a new 'Transformers' DVD, it's a look back at Maus and its complicated composition and reception…Mr. Spiegelman is a witty and testy raconteur, and Ms. Chute knows a good deal about comics and she pulls good things from him…Spiegelman is charismatic, and the photographs of him sprinkled throughout are pretty delightful." New York Times " Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics? Spiegelman answers intelligently, articulately, and with a high degree of psychological and aesthetic penetration." Booklist , starred review " As a floor plan for endless exploration, it is the Haus That "Maus" Built…Pick any page and gaze. The windows into these stories about the story are to be found at every turn, filling the space with insightful light." Washington Post's Comic Riffs "Art Spiegelman has done more than any other writer of the last few decades to change our understanding of the way stories about the Holocaust can be written… MetaMaus is a profound meditation on the meaning of sources and the uses we make of them." The New Republic "A fascinating meditation on art, writing, and one of the darkest periods in human history." The Atlantic "Striking…a treasure trove of material." Shelf Awareness "Fascinating and often provocative…the accompanying DVD will satisfy the insatiable appetite." Kirkus "Sure to breed excitement." Library Journal "Spiegelman is well-spoken and insightful, and is one of those rare creators who can talk coherently about his own work and process… MetaMaus is thoroughly illustrated with excerpts from Spiegelman's sketchbook, from the original source materials he used when creating his book, and news clippings and other ephemera from the books' storied history…Gripping and smart." Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing "Each page is more beautiful than the next…you'll find yourself as engrossed in it as you were in Maus." Jewish Book Council Blog " MetaMaus is an intriguing look into the guts of a massive artistic-historical project. With its visual, textual and historical components, the book untangles the tight narrative and visual knots into which the medium, the message and the process of 'Maus' are tied. With grist to millers of either 'Maus,' Spiegelman or both, it is a must-have item." Forward "Like a director's commentary track, the new MetaMaus provides a kind of behind-the-scenes 'Inside Maus ' that rewards us with insights this reviewer, for one, was too blown away to perceive the first time around…It is nothing less than a treatise on the rhythm and grammar of comics storytelling. The visual vocabulary he utilizes turns out to be more ingenious than you (or I, at least) ever suspected." Barnes and Noble review
"Mr. Spiegelman's new book, 'MetaMaus,' functions as a kind of artist's scrapbook, chapbook, photo album and storage trunk. Packed with more extras than a new 'Transformers' DVD, it's a look back at 'Maus' and its complicated composition and reception…Mr. Spiegelman is a witty and testy raconteur, and Ms. Chute knows a good deal about comics and she pulls good things from him…Mr. Spiegelman is charismatic, and the photographs of him sprinkled throughout are pretty delightful." New York Times " Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics? Spiegelman answers intelligently, articulately, and with a high degree of psychological and aesthetic penetration." Booklist , starred review " As a floor plan for endless exploration, it is the Haus That "Maus" Built…Pick any page and gaze. The windows into these stories about the story are to be found at every turn, filling the space with insightful light." Washington Post's Comic Riffs "Art Spiegelman has done more than any other writer of the last few decades to change our understanding of the way stories about the Holocaust can be written… MetaMaus is a profound meditation on the meaning of sources and the uses we make of them." The New Republic "A fascinating meditation on art, writing, and one of the darkest periods in human history." The Atlantic "Striking…a treasure trove of material." Shelf Awareness "Fascinating and often provocative…the accompanying DVD will satisfy the insatiable appetite." Kirkus "Sure to breed excitement." Library Journal "Spiegelman is well-spoken and insightful, and is one of those rare creators who can talk coherently about his own work and process… MetaMaus is thoroughly illustrated with excerpts from Spiegelman's sketchbook, from the original source materials he used when creating his book, and news clippings and other ephemera from the books' storied history…Gripping and smart." Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing "Each page is more beautiful than the next…you'll find yourself as engrossed in it as you were in Maus." Jewish Book Council Blog " MetaMaus is an intriguing look into the guts of a massive artistic-historical project. With its visual, textual and historical components, the book untangles the tight narrative and visual knots into which the medium, the message and the process of 'Maus' are tied. With grist to millers of either 'Maus,' Spiegelman or both, it is a must-have item." Forward
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New York Times Book Review, October 2011
PW Annex Reviews, October 2011
San Francisco Chronicle, October 2011
Kirkus Reviews, November 2011
Library Journal, November 2011
New York Times Book Review, December 2011
The Australian, December 2011
New York Times Full Text Review, December 2012
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Summaries
Main Description
Visually and emotionally rich, MetaMaus is as groundbreaking as the masterpiece whose creation it reveals. In the pages of MetaMaus , Art Spiegelman re-enters the Pulitzer prize–winning Maus , the modern classic that has altered how we see literature, comics, and the Holocaust ever since it was first published twenty-five years ago. He probes the questions that Maus most often evokes-Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics?-and gives us a new and essential work about the creative process. MetaMaus includes a bonus DVD that provides a digitized reference copy of The Complete Maus linked to a deep archive of audio interviews with his survivor father, historical documents, and a wealth of Spiegelman’s private notebooks and sketches. Compelling and intimate, MetaMaus is poised to become a classic in its own right.
Main Description
Visually and emotionally rich, MetaMaus is as groundbreaking as the masterpiece whose creation it reveals. In the pages of MetaMaus , Art Spiegelman re-enters the Pulitzer prizewinning Maus , the modern classic that has altered how we see literature, comics, and the Holocaust ever since it was first published twenty-five years ago. He probes the questions that Maus most often evokes-Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics?-and gives us a new and essential work about the creative process. MetaMaus includes a bonus DVD-R that provides a digitized reference copy of The Complete Maus linked to a deep archive of audio interviews with his survivor father, historical documents, and a wealth of Spiegelman's private notebooks and sketches. Compelling and intimate, MetaMaus is poised to become a classic in its own right.
Main Description
***NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD WINNER*** Visually and emotionally rich, MetaMaus is as groundbreaking as the masterpiece whose creation it reveals. In the pages of MetaMaus , Art Spiegelman re-enters the Pulitzer prizewinning Maus , the modern classic that has altered how we see literature, comics, and the Holocaust ever since it was first published twenty-five years ago. He probes the questions that Maus most often evokes-Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics?-and gives us a new and essential work about the creative process. MetaMaus includes a bonus DVD-R that provides a digitized reference copy of The Complete Maus linked to a deep archive of audio interviews with his survivor father, historical documents, and a wealth of Spiegelman's private notebooks and sketches. Compelling and intimate, MetaMaus is poised to become a classic in its own right.
Description for Library
Spiegelman reflects on his creation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus, ongoing response to readers, and love for his chosen medium; a DVD helps clarify the visual process. Sure to breed excitement; The Complete Maus (ISBN 9780679406419. $35) releases this October to celebrate the 25th anniversary.
Main Description
Art Spiegelman reenters Maus- the modern classic that has been haunting him ever since it was first published twenty-five years ago. The result is a visually and emotionally rich companion book (plus DVD) that is as groundbreaking in its form and content as the masterpiece whose creation it unveils. The cartoonist re-enters the book that consumed him for thirteen years to talk about his survivor parents, the oxymoron of picturing life in a death camp, his guilt-ridden success, racist imagery, and his beloved medium. Witty, intimate, and revelatory, MetaMaus tells the story of how and why a work of art is made, as it grapples with the questions that Maus has most often evoked: Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics? In this book and its accompanying DVD, Art Spiegelman provides the wealth of information we expect in the digital age, including an onscreen reference copy of The Complete Maus linked to a large archive of audio interviews with his father, memories of his mother by those who knew her during the war, home movies, historical reference materials including survivors’ drawings, essays about cartooning, scholarly essays about Maus , thousands of preparatory sketches and drafts, scans of his private Maus notebooks, and much more. A brilliant deconstruction of one of the most important works of art and literature of the twentieth century, MetaMaus is an essential work about the creative process for the twenty-first century.
Main Description
Visually and emotionally rich, MetaMaus is as groundbreaking as the masterpiece whose creation it reveals. In the pages of MetaMaus , Art Spiegelman re-enters the Pulitzer prizewinning Maus , the modern classic that has altered how we see literature, comics, and the Holocaust ever since it was first published twenty-five years ago. He probes the questions that Maus most often evokes-Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics?-and gives us a new and essential work about the creative process. MetaMaus includes a bonus DVD that provides a digitized reference copy of The Complete Maus linked to a deep archive of audio interviews with his survivor father, historical documents, and a wealth of Spiegelman's private notebooks and sketches. Compelling and intimate, MetaMaus is poised to become a classic in its own right.

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