Graphic Canon : Volume One . From Gilgamesh to Dangerous Liasons
A gorgeous, one-of-a-kind trilogy brings classic literature of the world together with legendary graphic artists and illustrators. Volume 1 whirls from eye-popping renditions of the great epics like The Odyssey and The Canterbury Tales; to Robert Crumb's rarely seen adaptation of Boswell's London Journal; from the Book of Esther from the Old Testament to Hinduism's Bhagavad Gita; from three of Shakespeare's greatest plays (including a manga Macbeth) to Gulliver's Travels; all the way to the decadent French classic Dangerous Liasons. And much, much, much more.
"Through the reprinted and newly-produced work of 59 (mainly American) adapters and 58 adapted titles, 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."
"This meaty slab is laced with more wit, beauty, social commentary and shock than one might expect. . . If artists, as British sculptor Anish Kapoor famously said, make mythologies, then this volume is genuinely a marriage of equals."
""The Graphic Canon "is absolutely the most ambitious book I've picked up this year."
"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," a three-volume series edited by Russ Kick which presents classic lit as comic strips, adds a bit more fuel to the intellectual fires."
--Steven Heller, "The Atlantic "
"These are 500 pages that contain more intelligence, wit, and savvy social commentary than anything else I have read in a long time. It is an amazing work. It is wild. It is dirty at times. It is nothing short of beautiful."
--"New Straits Times"
"The diversity and excellence of this volume is just about overwhelming."
--"The Austin Chronicle"
"Looks like a must-buy for all academic libraries, many public libraries, and many high schools, and an exciting new benchmark for comics!"
--Martha Cornog, "Library Journal"
"This is a masterpiece of literary choices as well as art and interpretation. It is a perfect graduation or summer-reading present, and the solid editing, including introductory notes for each piece, makes it a required purchase for any library."
--"School Library Journal
"It takes time to read this book, but it is a book worth taking time over [...]