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The Shirley Jackson Project: Comics Inspired by her Life and Work

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Seventeen alternative cartoonists explore and celebrate the work of author Shirley Jackson through loose interpretations, biographies, autobiographies, and fiction.

The Shirley Jackson Project is a witty, poignant and immensely readable tribute to one of the twentieth-century American literature's most talented, versatile, and significant authors. If you love the work of
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Paperback, 136 pages
Published September 2016 by Ninth Art Press
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David Schaafsma
Okay, for me it is always We Have Always Lived in the Castle, one of my favorite books, and my personal favorite written by Shirley Jackson. And I like The Haunting of Hill House, too, and the stunning story, "The Lottery," but I am not the level of Jackson geek work that Robert Kirby collects in this carnival Fun House of a book. I don't approach quite that level, not having read most of her work (yet), and having only skimmed biographies for juicy tidbits. But if you are a Jackson fan, as all ...more
Robert
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
**Update 5/10/17: The Shirley Jackson Project won second place in the Graphic Novels category at the 60th annual New England Book Show on 5/9/17. Congrats to artist Michael Fahy for his beautiful design work, and to Ninth Art Press.**

Now that my latest anthology has been published and is beginning to get out into the world, I finally sat down and read it, cover to cover. Overall I'm really very happy with it; it had been a dream project of mine for a long time. The contributors—among them Josh
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Robin Bonne
A lovely tribute to Shirley Jackson. I don’t purchase a lot of books, as I favor the library or ebooks, but this one I am glad I own in my personal collection.
Dea
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
An absolute must have for Shirley Jackson fans. This is just so damn cool.
Sara
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book gets five stars for existing, basically. Shirley Jackson forever! Thanks so much to Kelsey for getting this for me at Short Run! Some of these comics are really great, some are just OK, but I love the idea of a collection of comics inspired and adapted from an author I love. Definitely worth a look.
J.A. Willoughby
My wife got me this "for no reason" as is inscribed by her on the inside. The actual reason is that I am a fan of Shirley Jackson's work, obviously. Seventeen different artists illustrate an equal number of Ms. Jackson's stories in this book. It helps you to absorb what is being put across in those frames if you are familiar with the stories but it isn't necessary - the black and white cartoons are entertaining in their own cartoon way. There is a bio section about each of the artists at the end ...more
Catherine
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A must have for Jackson completists! It made me want to read more of her work (and reread other stories) as well as the recent biography. And what more can you ask of a tribute project? Read some of her work beforehand so you can appreciate the humor, the poignancy and the domestic horror of these portraits.
Mari
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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A beautiful, haunting, charming and eclectic tribute to an author whose work I am now very interested in. There are so many gems in here, I'm not going to bother calling any out. Magnificently curated. Definitely worth reading if you love comics, literature, horror, autobio, and/or Shirley Jackson!
Lisa Lindsay
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This compilation of comics is a tribute to the life and work of Shirley Jackson, published in 2016, her centennial year. While the quality of the comics was sometimes uneven, I enjoyed the book thoroughly, maybe because I was predisposed to do so? I would still recommend it for Shirley Jackson fans.
Liz Yerby
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A nice tribute to Shirley Jackson!
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Rob Kirby has been drawing & publishing comics since 1991. His solo books include Curbside (1998, published with a Xeric Grant), and Curbside Boys (2002). His anthologies include The Book of Boy Trouble (2006) & The Book of Boy Trouble Volume 2 (2008); 3 issues of the Ignatz-nominated series THREE; the Ignatz Award-winning QU33R (2014); What's Your Sign, Girl? (2015), & The Shirley ...more