Posts tagged “literature”

  • Seven Stories Press celebrates the release of The Graphic Canon Boxed Set with the Society of Illustrators

    November 8, 2013

    Friday, November 8, 6:30pm-8:30pmgcv1-3
    Part of Illustration Week starting November 4th
    The Society of Illustrators
    128 East 63rd Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Co-sponsored by Publishers Weekly and Togather. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

    Please join Seven Stories Press as we celebrate important figures in the comics art community as well as local contributing artists of The Graphic Canon.

    Seven Stories would like to recognize the enthusiasm and support of Karen Green, graphic novel librarian at Columbia University, Calvin Reid, senior news editor at Publishers Weekly, and Steven Heller, the co-chair of the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts and the author or editor of over 140 books on design and popular visual culture.

    THE GRAPHIC CANON is a one-of-a-kind, three-volume anthology of classic and contemporary world literature re-interpreted by comics artists and illustrators edited by Russ Kick. Praised by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Beast, Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, and a slew of comics and literary magazines, The Graphic Canon is a truly unique collection that showcases over 200 works of literature and adapted by over 150 artists.

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  • In The Fray Interviews Russ Kick

    September 26, 2013

    In The Fray recently conducted an interview with the man behind The Graphic Canon, Russ Kick. Here is a highlight:

    The Graphic Canon isn’t just works of literature. You also include philosophical writings from people like Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche and excerpts from religious texts. How did you decide what to include as “the canon?”

    I started with a list of what I considered to be the most critical works of literature. These were stories that would leave a noticeable gap if they weren’t included, like The IliadThe Odyssey, Dante’s Inferno, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Tale of Genji. But I also wanted to go beyond what was predictable and bring in unexpected things. That’s why I included the Incan play Apu Ollantay.

    I also had a wish list of things I wanted to see adapted because I thought the story would work really well visually.

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  • “Rapid Arctic Thawing Could be Economic Timebomb”

    August 1, 2013


    In an article published on July 24th, The Guardian discusses the accelerated melting of Arctic sea ice. The article is in response to a recent scientific report examining the imminent economic catastrophes of the sea ice phenomenon.

    The study focuses specifically on the dangerous release of methane from melting permafrost. Methane, which is approximately 25x more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere than carbon dioxide, would be disastrous if released at all, and “could come with a $60tn global price tag” if released in a giant “pulse.”

    The article explains that economists aren’t taking climate change ramifications seriously, though melting sea ice alone could completely “undermined the global financial system.” Furthermore, “much of those costs would be borne by developing countries in the form of extreme weather, flooding and impacts on health and agricultural production.”

    In 2012, Arctic ice covered only 40% of the area it did in the 1970s.

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  • Youssef Rakha in The New York Times

    July 18, 2013

    52_interviewee_youssef-rakhaOn Tuesday of this week, The New York Times published an op-ed by Youssef Rakha, author of the novel The Crocodiles, to be published in Fall 2014 by Seven Stories.

    In the Times, Rakha, a native Egyptian living in Cairo, describes first-hand the increasing abuse of Egyptian society which followed the election of Mohamad Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president. He argues that Morsi’s Egypt exemplifies why political Islam and democracy are incompatible.

    Rakha states, “They don’t mix not only in theoretical terms…but also because political Islam gives political cover to all that is undemocratic in Arab society.” Under Morsi rule, presidential protestors were violently suppressed, a Shiite activist was dragged through the streets and killed, religious police killed a man for walking outside with his girlfriend, and women not wearing a hijab were discriminated against and sexually harassed.

    Rakha’s novel was written as an echo of clamor of the Egyptian revolution and describes with feeling how and why youth turn to revolution.  

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  • Subhankar Banerjee’s Article “Laughing Matters: U.S. Government vs. Voices of Conscience”

    June 20, 2013

    The Huffington Post featured a wonderful article yesterday by Subhankar Banerjee. In it, Banerjee recounts his frustration with the government’s attempts to silence dissent. He argues that when left with nothing else, when voices are silenced, we can tell the truth with humor.Banerjee_ArcticVoices_coverFINAL

    Banerjee cites his “Climate-Silence Paradox,” whereby the government fears civil unrest provoked by anthropogenic climate change, but rather than working to remedy climate change, it pools its efforts into hiding it. Dissent from activists is monitored and contained in order to continue raking in profits from environmental exploitation.

    He says, “Increasingly, it is the government that has become a public contractor–for private corporations–to provide security, with public money–by tracking environmental activists” instead of the other way around. “It isn’t news to many of us, but it sure sends a chilling message: peaceful activism that disrupts business-as-usual will not be tolerated.”

    Inspired by rebellious thinkers and artists like John Heartfield, Banerjee hopes that humor will be used increasingly to challenge such instances of abusive power.

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  • The Graphic Canon Volume 3: World literature through art and comics

    June 10, 2013

    The Graphic Canon Volume 3: World literature through art and comicsGCgalleryinvite
    Monday, June 10th @ 6pm
    The Grady Alexis Gallery – El Taller Latino Americano
    2710 Broadway, 3rd Fl. New York, NY


    Join Graphic Canon Volume Three contributors Benjamin Birdie, Shawn Cheng, Seymour Chwast, Chandra Free, Sandy Jimenez, Peter Kuper, Ellen Lidner, Rebecca Migdal, Robert Sikoryak, Bishakh Som & Lauren Weinstein in an exhibit curated by and featuring Andrea Arroyo. Meet the artists at a book launch reception Monday, June 10th, 6-8 PM.

    The exhibit features works from in The Graphic Canon Volume 3, including visual interpretations of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, “How Six Made Good in the World” from the Grimms Brothers, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, T.S. Elliot’s “The Waste Land”, Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge”, Kafka’s “The Top” and “Give It Up!”, Plath’s The Bell Jar, Gabriela Mistral’s “The Dancer”, and more.

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  • The Graphic Canon: Illustrating the World’s Great Literature

    May 21, 2013

    On Tuesday, May 21st at 7:15pm, join The Graphic Canon contributors Zak Smith, Sharon Rudahl, Milton Knight, and Frank M. Hansen in a discussion moderated by editor Russ Kick at the Los Angeles Central Library. Kick_GCv2_150dpi

    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 Graphic Canon. In the first anthology of its kind in comics history, Russ Kick presents some of the artists and illustrators, both known and unknown, who have begun to redefine literature for a new century. Among these artists are Zak Smith (Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon), Sharon Rudahl (Three Tang poems: Wang Han, Cui Hu, and Li Bai), Milton Knight (“Poker!” by Zora Neale Hurston), and Frank M. Hansen (”If-” by Rudyard Kipling).

    Join these amazing artists alongside Russ Kick in a panel discussion and presentation about art, literature, and what happened when these two worlds collide.

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  • Graphic Canon Reviewed with Alison Bechdel and Guy Delisle in Library Journal!

    Graphic Canon Reviewed with Alison Bechdel and Guy Delisle in Library Journal!

    January 19, 2012

    "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

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