Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, whose two-volume
graphic novel Maus reimagined the Holocaust with cats exterminating
mice, has turned his attention to September 11 in his latest book.
Examining the attack and its aftermath, this time, he says, it’s the
lizards who are dangerous. Peter Ross journeys to Paris to interview the
controversial comic book artist
IN THE days, weeks and months following September 11, 2001, Americans
were forced to ask themselves a question: “Are you a man or a mouse?”
Would they stand up and take the fight to the terrorists, wherever they
may be, or would they scurry away from the world, hole up in their broad
continent, perhaps even reach a détente with those cheese-eating
surrender monkeys, the French? For Art Spiegelman, the decision wasn’t
quite so simple – he was a man and a mouse.