More than fifty towering literary works from the 1800s have been newly hand-picked and refreshed, and can be seen and understood as never before: as c
More than fifty towering literary works from the 1800s have been newly hand-picked and refreshed, and can be seen and understood as never before: as comics in THE GRAPHIC CANON, Volume 2: From “Kubla Khan” to the Brontë Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray—the second volume in an epic, three-volume project to visually adapt classic literary works from around the world.
The 19th century literary landscape was filled to bursting with many of the greatest writers of all time—Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy, the Romantic poets, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Dostoevsky…Now those English class staples have been turned inside out, reimagined and enlivened by some of our greatest graphic artists and illustrators. The result is a huge, kaleidoscopic book (500 oversized pages!) packed with the widest possible variety of artistic approaches.
Here Dame Darcy shows us Emily Dickinson as we’ve never seen her, underground comix legend S. Clay Wilson meets Hans Christian Andersen, Maxon Crumb gives us a creepy, pointillistic Edgar Allen Poe, and John Porcellino reimagines Henry David Thoreau’s simple vision of Walden, among more than 40 other pieces. There are some wonderful surprises here, such as Seth Tobocman visualizing a fiery speech by escaped slave Frederick Douglass, while Kim Deitch and Peter Kuper and more than a dozen others radically interpret Alice in Wonderland. Tara Seibel colorfully redesigns Les Miserables from the ground up, Tim Fish treats us to the dynamic drama of Wuthering Heights and Ellen Lindner delivers the opulent ballroom scene from Anna Karenina.
These are not the classics made into digestible comics for kids. These are dozens of talented, visionary artists putting their own stamp on the greatest works ever written. The results are eye-popping, complex, and extraordinary.
Here is what reviewers have said about The Graphic Canon, Volume 1:
“The Graphic Canon is startlingly brilliant.”—School Library Journal
“Classic literature gets desterilized with the help of the modern world’s most daring graphic artists....This meaty slab is laced with more wit, beauty, social commentary and shock than one might expect.”—Kirkus Reviews
"A uniquely powerful piece of art…there is a new visual idea on nearly every turn of the page…This is not only a survey of the world’s diverse artistic past, but also a breathtaking glimpse of this young medium’s incredible future.”—Booklist (starred review)
“The graphic publishing literary event of the year.”—Publisher’s Weekly
“An exciting new benchmark for comics!”—Library Journal
“The diversity and excellence of this volume is just about overwhelming.”—The Austin Chronicle
“Seriously fun and strangely moving.”—Reader's Digest
“The Western literary canon has long been debated and criticized by academics, and rightly so. Which books belong and which don't? Now The Graphic Canon . . . adds a bit more fuel to the intellectual fires.” —Steve Heller, TheAtlantic.com
“The Graphic Canon is absolutely the most ambitious book I've picked up this year.”