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MAUS by smartguy123
MAUS
"The Jews are undoubtedly a race, but they are not human." - Adolf Hitler

MAUS by Art Spiegelman is my favorite graphic novel, but that's a misleading statement. It's more like a graphic memoir. It tells the true story of Vladek and Anja Spiegelman, the author's father and mother, and how they survived the Holocaust in Poland in the 1930s and 1940s. It follows the story from when Vladek first met Anja to when the two were reunited after surviving Auschwitz. These aren't really spoilers here, because the book begins with Art asking his father to tell him his story, so you know right away that Vladek and Anja survive and eventually settle down in New York in Rego Park. The book interweaves the past and present in a very brilliant way. The story is as much about Vladek and Anja and their struggles against the Nazis as it is about Art and his tumultuous relationship with his father. The book pretty much breaks the fourth wall from the start because Art is interviewing his father to write the same book. It's book-ception! MAUS also does something unexpected in that, not only is the story told through comics, but Art portrays the Jews as mice, and the Germans as cats. Also the non-Jewish Polish are pigs, the French are frogs, the Americans are dogs, etc. This seems weird on the surface but its a metaphor that really, really works. Adolf Hitler compared the Jews to vermin (like in the quote above), so by Art making the Jews mice, he brings that metaphor into reality. We, the readers, see the characters, like Vladek and Anja, for their individuality and humanity were as the Nazis could not. I think that's a really strong message.

I first got MAUS back in seventh grade from one of those Scholastic book order magazines, and the description basicly said "A story about the Holocaust with the Jews as mice and the Germans as cats." Reading that now it seems silly, but back then that got me hooked. I loved the comic and bought the second book a couple years later. I found out last semester that The Modern Era Humanities course at my college had MAUS as one of the books, and I immediately signed up for it (after having a legit fangasm)! I had to wait all semester but we finally got to MAUS last week. So of course I felt compelled to do some fanart for it. I drew the cover of the first book, titled MAUS I: A Survivor's Tale - My Father Bleeds History. Published in book form in 1986, the comic was much more successful than Art had ever anticipated. And I'm glad for that. It really is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the Second World War, the Holocaust, or just graphic novels. It obviously deals with some pretty heavy themes, but it does so in an intelligent way, so even if you're not interested in any of that you still might like it. :)


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Jacob Tilman
Artist | Student | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: Missouri, United States
Favorite Style of Art: Fan art, but I like all art
Deviant Status: Artist and Art Appreciator

Bio:
I am mostly an art appreciator but I do love to draw, whether it's a doodle during class or a drawing I work on for days at home. I don't consider myself to be an excellent artist, not at all. I just draw for fun and because I enjoy doing it. Most of my drawings fall into two categories. Art projects I worked on in art camp or art class, and art I do completely for fun. The art I do for fun is mostly fan art, such as drawings of characters from my favorite shows, movies, and video games. Most of my fan art is from the past several years, as I've strarted to draw less and less of it.

I joined DeviantART mostly to look at and comment on the AMAZING artwork that can be found everywhere on this site. Some of this art just completely blows me away. I'm confident that these emerging artists will go great places some day. I also joined to upload some of my works, both fan art and art projects, and see what other artists think of them.

I don't do much on YouTube, mainly like and comment stuff, but here's my channel : www.youtube.com/user/smartpers…

My Favorite Things:

:iconlaracroftplz: :iconoldspyroplz: :iconhunterthecheetahplz: :iconratchetplz: :iconclankplz: :iconaangplz: :iconsokkaplz: :iconkataraplz: :iconavatarkorraplz: :iconturbokatplz: :iconskt-boneplz: :iconskrazorplz: :iconhiccupplz: :icontoothlesslickplz: :iconpazuplz: :iconstarwarsplz: :icondoomplz: :iconoldsonicplz: :icontailzplz: :iconmarioplz:

A Few Stamps:
Classic Spyro by SillyStell Video Game Music Stamp by Ppeacht Slow interwebz by prosaix [Stamp] Gratitude by Creepiest Laputa Stamp by TwilightProwler Tomb Raider stamp by BL00DIEDHELL stamp: avatar by ohhperttylights Legend of Korra Stamp by Nemo-TV-Champion Swat Kats Stamp by Hotarubaku .:Smile Toothless:. by OxAmy Ratchet and Clank Stamp by nakashimariku I still love PS2 Stamp__ by DarkShelke stutter by Kelsi-sama Original PlayStation Stamp by nakashimariku - The Prince of Egypt - stamp by Pouasson-de-oro
Interests
I'm writing a journal real quick to post the answers to the quotes!

1. Dola from Laputa: Castle in the Sky
2. Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender
3. Lara Croft from Tomb Raider Anniversary
4. Hunter from Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage
5. Razor from SWAT Kats
6. Ratchet from Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
7. Daniel from Amnesia: The Dark Descent
8. Daxter from Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
9. Jjij from Kiki's Delivery Service
10. Rameses from The Prince of Egypt
11. Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon
12. Anastasia from Anastasia
13. Princess Leia from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
14. Indiana Jones from Raiders of the Lost Ark
15. Don Quixote from Don Quixote

Also just a quick serious question. Are my watchers out there? I know I haven't been posting a lot of stuff recently, mainly because I've been busy and haven't had a lot of time to sit down and draw something for an hour plus. I've also mostly run out of older things to upload, so I don't have the luxury of pulling something out and uploading it without actually creating it. I have several things planned and I hope to draw and upload them between now and the end of the year. I do art mainly for myself, but it's nice to be able to display it publicly on a site like this. It lets me get feedback and talk with other artists about things we all enjoy and have in common. I don't really care about having a huge following but it would be nice to know that some people keep up with me. If no one looks at my art then what's the point of uploading it? Please leave a quick comment, just so I know I still have people that care about what I upload. Thanks everyone! :)

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CatgagaTheGoddess Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great art!!
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smartguy123 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it. Thanks for the watch! :)
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AriellaMay Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student Filmographer
Thanks for the fave!! :dummy:
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smartguy123 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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BlueMario1016 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Hope you had a great birthday, Jacob! :aww: :hug: :party: :iconpresentplz:
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smartguy123 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks Blue! To be honest, it was just another day. We're not actually celebrating it until the 21st. That's when my Spring Break starts.
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BlueMario1016 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Student General Artist
Really? I already am on spring break.
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smartguy123 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah. Ours is starting a little late. That's also the day my family is doing our March birthdays. We have several.
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NaomiTachi Featured By Owner Edited Mar 11, 2015
I hope you have an awesome birthday! Have your cake and eat it too Party 
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smartguy123 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks Naomi! And thanks for the llama too! :boogie:
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