The Graphic Canon gets reviewed in the New York Times

November 30, 2012

The New York Times Book Review writes a glowing review of Russ Kick’s The Graphic Canon, Vol 1 and 2, picking out favorites and highlighting some of the more surprising adaptations and unique interpretations.

My favorite line: 
“What [editor Russ Kick] asks us to acknowledge with The Graphic Canon is this: Gulliver’s Travels, Wuthering Heights, Leaves of Grass — these works of literature do not reside just on the shelves of academia; they flourish in the eye of our imagination.”

Read the entire review at The New York Times, and check out a selection below.

“Most fascinating are the adaptations of works that less obviously lend themselves to comic or visual treatment. The artist Ryan Dunlavey and the writer Fred Van Lente introduce us to the early feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft with energetic oomph in a one-pager from their “Action Philosophers!” comic series. Volume 2 includes an excerpt from John Porcellino’s graphic novel based on the writings of Henry David Thoreau. His Zenlike, understated renderings tread across the page as we might imagine Thoreau once did through Walden Woods. And Megan Kelso’s adaptation of George Eliot’s “Middlemarch” captures a breathtaking range of emotion with simple line drawings.”

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