MAZE CRAZE - A Division of Monster Mash
From 1983 to 1986 a friend and I made a series of maze books based on games or movies that caught our fancy at the time.
MAZE CRAZE Volume II - 1983-1986
Volume 2 of Maze Craze is really the only volume that I can share with you. Volume 1 was really a collection of mazes I had been drawing throughout childhood, mostly on graph paper. But it wasn't just me, making them, and it didn't start with mazes, it started with monsters. My best childhood friend Johnathan and I had been getting together and watching Japanese "Kaiju" monster movies on sleepovers for quite a while.
MONSTER MASH is Born
Johnathan and I began writing and illustrating our own Kaiju stories, starting probably at the age of 8 or 9, under the startlingly-original made-up publishing company name of Monster Mash. If I remember correctly, Johnathan and I has a "merger" of Maze Craze and Monster Mash, bringing the minimal maze efforts I had done on my own under the powerful Monster Mash publishing banner in a renewed effort. Eventually, I moved entirely from making Monster Mash books to Maze Craze books.
Making Mazes at Childhood's End
You'll hopefully get a look at some of the worthy, surviving remnants of Volume 1 of Maze Craze at some point. My friend and I would "test run" our mazes on each other--build them throughout the week and then referree for each other's attempts to solve them on the weekend.
Video Game Inspiration:
At around this time my interest in video games was flourishing, nurtured in the very first arcades sprouting up in our area, and really extended when I got an Atari 2600 and joined the Atai Fan Club. I can't imagine, looking back, that Maze Craze must have been named after the Atari 2600 game.
Dad Was Maybe a Weird Kid:
Once Volume 2 was launched, I got fairly ambitious about these and continued to make them on typing paper instead of graph paper. I reached an age where I quit making them, but I always held onto them. And now, looking back and seeing them as some form of clever nostalgia for classic video games, I have decided to share them.
For Screen or For Paper:
You will find a printable PDF for each of these maze books, along with the online version. I hope you enjoy!
QUICK NAVIGATION LINKS
- Volume II
- Number One
- Number Two
- Number Three: Time Machine Chase
- Number Four
- Number Five
- Number Six: Arcade Multimaze
- Number Seven
- Number Eight: Arcade Multimaze 2
- Number Nine: Battlezone Special
- Number Ten
- Special Editions
- SE One - Maze Craze Volume I
- SE Two - Old/New Mazes
- SE Three - Holiday Edition
- Mini Mazes #1
- Mini Mazes #2