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Teleny and Camille

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  43 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Jon Macy adapted this 240-page graphic novel from the anonymous 1893 erotic novel, "Teleny," often attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle.

Camille, a wealthy young gentleman in Victorian London, falls in love with the handsome and mesmerizing pianist Teleny. While Teleny performs on stage, the two star-crossed lovers discover they share a psychic link in the form of an er
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 14th 2010 by Northwest Press (first published 2010)
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Oct 09, 2010 Northwest Press rated it it was amazing
I was first introduced to TELENY AND CAMILLE several years ago, when Jon Macy had not yet completed the book. Rough as it was, it was still gorgeous and made quite an impact on me; I immediately asked if I could help with production and lettering on the project. I wanted to make sure that it was presented to the world with the style and panache it deserved.

A few years later, Jon completed TELENY and brought it out as a self-published edition in the Spring of 2010. Several friends in indie LGBT c
Nathan Kibler
Oct 20, 2010 Nathan Kibler rated it it was amazing
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Oct 21, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing
Excellent adaptation of a book to a graphic novel. I appreciated that Jon Macy retained the language of the Victorian era. Coupled with his drawings, the story takes on a modern feel while retaining the historical setting. The reader remains aware of the times in which this daring story of homosexual love was written. I can only imagine the illicit thrill of penning Teleny in the 1890s; the tale edges beyond the erotic to pornographic even by today's standards.

I was amused to find that two books
Teleny and Camille, adapted by Jon Macy from the forbidden Victorian age erotic text by Oscar Wilde and his crowd, is an important new work that should and I believe will take its place in the still-young canon of gay-themed comics/graphic fiction, alongside insta-classics like Howard Cruse’s Stuck Rubber Baby and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home (interestingly, like both of those books, Macy's Teleny examines and dramatizes our past in part in an effort to contextualize it for the present). Macy, long ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Adriane rated it it was amazing
This book is fascinating and now I want to read Teleny to find out how much of it was interpretation and how much was true to the original story. This is Jon Macy's version of the "Anonymously" written Teleny, though it is widely assumed that Oscar Wilde and his cronies wrote it.

I love Jon's art style, the ink work is free flowing and manages to be somehow messy and precise at the same time. The end effect is visceral and emotional and most of all real, while living within a dream world you fee
Jul 16, 2014 Eze rated it really liked it
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The graphic novel of a book I've admittedly never read. There are a few bits of gore (view spoiler) that I didn't much care for. The artist prefaces that he struggled with making this as true as possible to the written word without crossing the line between art and pure pornography and I believe he's done an amazing job. (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Cathy rated it liked it
This graphic novel of the queer tale attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle has its highlights--it's an interesting historical note, and the frame placed around it by the modern context is enjoyable. I read it for a queer book club, and I think it would appeal far more to gay men than to lesbians--the illustrations are heavy on detailed representations of penises in action, and that's just not my thing. The style of the illustrations is similar to Tom of Finland, and though they are well done, ...more
Ian Callaghan
Mar 19, 2013 Ian Callaghan rated it it was amazing
This is a most amazing retelling of the classic erotica by Oscar Wilde and crew. I loved it, and was extremely turned on for the whole of the book. I had to take steamy breathing breaks to calm myself down. I loved it. And I'm glad that Macy added his own flare at the end making himself part of the Wilde writing circle.
Jan 07, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
How can I even describe this adaptation of an anonymous novel attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle? Brilliant? Gorgeous? Lavish? Tragic? Radical? It's a simply excellent read as long as you're okay with tons of gay sex.
Jun 01, 2011 James rated it liked it
A good adaptation from novel to graphic novel. I liked the art and the story was not completely ruined. The insertion of the artist at the begining and the what if happy end scenario was insipid.
Jun 08, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
The only thing that holds me back from giving it 5 stars is that there were portions of dialogue I just skimmed through because it didn't hold me fast. But otherwise this fabulous.
Sep 16, 2011 MariNaomi rated it it was amazing
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Brilliant and beautiful and entirely deserving of the Lambda award it just won, and hopefully others! Color me inspired.
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Dec 18, 2011 Joanna rated it it was amazing
I <3 Oscar Wilde and his circle. Damn, Victorians were durdy
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Jon is the author of three comic series; TROPO, NEFARISMO and FEARFUL HUNTER. He contributed to gay magazines and Queer comics anthologies such as GAY COMIX, MEATMEN and BOY TROUBLE, but is best known for his graphic novel TELENY AND CAMILLE, an adaptation of the anonymous novel Teleny. His latest work, FEARFUL HUNTER, is a 316 page graphic novel Queer fantasy romance that explores sacred sexualit ...more
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