| Quote #1
“A new tape recorder…Writing things down is just too hard.” (I.4.75)
Art’s use of a tape recorder (and inclusion of photographs) brings up the question of whether there are more accurate ways to represent the reality of the Holocaust. How can a comic compete with a tape recorder or a camera?
| Quote #2
“One reason I became an artist was that he thought it was impractical – just a waste of time…it was an area where I wouldn’t have to compete with him.” (I.5.99)
Ironically, it is his father’s story that inspires one of his most successful and critically acclaimed books.
| Quote #3
“It appeared in an obscure underground comic book. I never thought Vladek would see it.” (I.5.101)
Up to this point, Art has created art that he knows his father will never read; comics are a way for him to gain some independence from his father.