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The Graphic Canon, Volume 1: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons

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ISBN13: 9781609803766
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THE GRAPHIC CANON (Seven Stories Press) is a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind trilogy that brings classic literatures of the world together with legendary graphic artists and illustrators. There are more than 130 illustrators represented and 190 literary works over three volumes—many newly commissioned, some hard to find—reinterpreted here for readers and collectors of all ages.

Volume 1 takes us on a visual tour from the earliest literature through the end of the 1700s. Along the way, we're treated to eye-popping renditions of the human race's greatest epics: GilgameshThe IliadThe Odyssey (in watercolors by Gareth Hinds), The AeneidBeowulf, and The Arabian Nights, plus later epics The Divine Comedy and The Canterbury Tales (both by legendary illustrator and graphic designer Seymour Chwast), Paradise Lost, and Le Morte D'Arthur. Two of ancient Greece's greatest plays are adapted—the tragedy Medea by Euripides and Tania Schrag’s uninhibited rendering of the very bawdy comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes (the text of which is still censored in many textbooks). Also included is Robert Crumb’s rarely-seen adaptation of James Boswell’s London Journal, filled with philosophical debate and lowbrow debauchery.

Religious literature is well-covered and well-illustrated, with the Books of Daniel and Esther from the Old Testament, Rick Geary’s awe-inspiring new rendition of the Book of Revelation from the New Testament, the Tao te Ching, Rumi’s Sufi poetry, Hinduism’s Mahabharata, and the Mayan holy book Popol Vuh, illustrated by Roberta Gregory. The Eastern canon gets its due, with The Tale of Genji (the world’s first novel, done in full-page illustrations reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley), three poems from China’s golden age of literature lovingly drawn by pioneering underground comics artist Sharon Rudahl, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, a Japanese Noh play, and other works from Asia.

Two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays (King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and two of his sonnets are here, as are Plato’s SymposiumGulliver’s TravelsCandideA Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Renaissance poetry of love and desire, and Don Quixote visualized by the legendary Will Eisner.

Some unexpected twists in this volume include a Native American folktale, an Incan play, Sappho’s poetic fragments, bawdy essays by Benjamin Franklin, the love letters of Abelard and Heloise, and the decadent French classic Dangerous Liaisons, as illustrated by Molly

Crabapple.

 

Edited by Russ Kick, The Graphic Canon is an extraordinary collection that will continue with Volume 2: "Kubla Khan" to the Bronte Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray in Summer 2012, and Volume 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest in Fall 2012. A boxed set of all three volumes will also be published in Fall 2012.

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Scott McCloud, "just about the smartest guy in comics" (Frank Miller), picks the best graphic pieces of the year.

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and#8220;Itand#8217;s the perfect book to pick up to restore your faith in comics or help show infinite diversity in infinite combinations on display on paper using the worldand#8217;s greatest artform.and#8221; and#8212; Comics Bulletin

The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors and highlights both fiction and nonfiction and#8212; from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics, and the Web and#8212; to make a unique, stunning collection. Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) called guest editor Scott McCloud and#8220;just about the smartest guy in comics.and#8221;

Synopsis:

"These works of literature do not reside just on the shelves of academia; they flourish in the eye of our imagination...will leave you awe-struck."

—New York Times Book Review

"It's easily the most ambitious and successfully realized literary project in recent memory, and certainly the one that's most relevant for today's readers"

—NPR, Indie Booksellers Pick 2012's Best

The classic canon of Western civilization meets the artists and illustrators who have remade reading in the last years of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century in Russ Kick's magisterial, three-volume, full-color The Graphic Canon, volumes 1, 2, and 3.

This special slipcase edition includes all three volumes of the series in an attractively designed slipcase, as well as the three promotional posters created for each volume's release, allowing graphic novel collectors and fans to quickly add this seminal work to their library.

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Amanda L Klehr, March 27, 2014 (view all comments by Amanda L Klehr)
I read about this series through an NPR news story. I was compelled to see how classic and epic literature would be interpreted into a visual or comic form and was not disappointed. From religious texts to the "The Tale of Genji" and even to the political and satirical essay from Benjamin Franklin ("Fart Proudly"), all sorts of different pieces have been chosen for this collection. I would recommend it to anyone who likes comic books as well as those that enjoy classic literature.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781609803766
Author:
Kick, Russ (edt)
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Author:
Kick, Russ
Author:
McCloud, Scott
Author:
Kartalopoulos, Bill
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Anthologies
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Best American
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-color throughout
Pages:
1600
Dimensions:
12 x 9 x 5.5 in 12.3 lb

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Product details 1600 pages Seven Stories Press - English 9781609803766 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Scott McCloud, "just about the smartest guy in comics" (Frank Miller), picks the best graphic pieces of the year.
"Synopsis" by , and#8220;Itand#8217;s the perfect book to pick up to restore your faith in comics or help show infinite diversity in infinite combinations on display on paper using the worldand#8217;s greatest artform.and#8221; and#8212; Comics Bulletin

The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors and highlights both fiction and nonfiction and#8212; from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics, and the Web and#8212; to make a unique, stunning collection. Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) called guest editor Scott McCloud and#8220;just about the smartest guy in comics.and#8221;

"Synopsis" by , "These works of literature do not reside just on the shelves of academia; they flourish in the eye of our imagination...will leave you awe-struck."

—New York Times Book Review

"It's easily the most ambitious and successfully realized literary project in recent memory, and certainly the one that's most relevant for today's readers"

—NPR, Indie Booksellers Pick 2012's Best

The classic canon of Western civilization meets the artists and illustrators who have remade reading in the last years of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century in Russ Kick's magisterial, three-volume, full-color The Graphic Canon, volumes 1, 2, and 3.

This special slipcase edition includes all three volumes of the series in an attractively designed slipcase, as well as the three promotional posters created for each volume's release, allowing graphic novel collectors and fans to quickly add this seminal work to their library.

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