Interactive CD-ROM is such a new medium that ”state of the art” gets redefined every few months. But even if this disc’s elegant, intuitive interface (produced by Voyager’s Elizabeth Scarborough) someday becomes outmoded, the contents of The Complete Maus will not. A companion piece to Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman’s Maus books-which tell in spare, powerful comic-book form the story of his father’s journey to Auschwitz and beyond-this CD-ROM incorporates sketches, storyboards, home movies, drawings, and photographs of the death camps. But the most moving feature is the late Vladek Spiegelman’s actual voice, telling his story in tapes his son made in the early ’80s. This is not the best way to read Maus for the first time—on the screen the pages are either illegibly small or chopped in half—but as a supplement, the package deepens the experience immeasurably. If you never thought high tech could get highly personal, you need to see this.
Posted April 22 1994 — 12:00 AM EDT
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