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  • Seven Stories Press celebrates the release of The Graphic Canon Boxed Set with local contributing artists David Lasky, Colleen Frakes, Megan Kelso, Jeremy Eaton, Stan Shaw, and Roberta Gregory

    November 7, 2013

    November 7th at 7pm GCBoxSet
    The Seattle Public Library
    1000 Fourth Ave.
    Seattle, WA 98104
    FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    Join local artists David Lasky, Colleen Frakes, Megan Kelso, Jeremy Eaton, Stan Shaw, and Roberta Gregory as they discuss their artistic careers and their contributions to the Graphic Canon anthology at the Seattle Public Library on November 7th at 7pm.

    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 and edited by Russ Kick. Praised by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Beast, Library Journal, BooklistKirkus, and a slew of comics and literary magazines, The Graphic Canon is a truly unique collection that showcases over 200 works of literature adapted by over 150 artists.

    The Graphic Canon Boxed Set (Nov. 5, 2013) includes Vol. 1: From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons, Vol.

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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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  • Graphic Canon Vol. 3 on NYT Best Sellers List!

    July 24, 2013

    For the week of July 14, Russ Kick’s The Graphic Canon, Volume 3 was at #4 on the New York Times’s Paperback Graphic Books Best Sellers List.Kick_GCv3

    The Graphic Canon is a three-volume, full-color marriage of classic literary canon and visual art. Volume 3 brings to life the literature of the twentieth century with full-page illustration, photography, comics, and cutting-edge design. The stories included range from Sherlock Holmes mysteries to Zora Neale Hurston plays, Anaïs Nin’s diaries to Raymond Carver’s haunting minimalism.

    For more on The Graphic Canon, visit www.thegraphiccanon.wordpress.com and follow @TheGraphicCanon on Twitter.

     

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  • The Graphic Canon Volume 3 is “the most beautiful book of 2013″

    June 25, 2013

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    On sale todayThe Graphic Canon Volume 3 was just named  ”The Most Beautiful Book of 2013″ in a recent feature on Publishers Weekly.

    Check out this introduction by editor Russ Kick, who goes on to comment on fifteen works included in the volume, from Heart of Darkness to The Awakening to Animal Farm.

    My hands were quivering as I recently opened the package containing my advance copy of The Graphic Canon, Volume 3. The project was complete. Over the course of three huge volumes, more than 120 illustrators and comics artists had given their visual take on 181 classic works of literature, from ancient days to the end of the twentieth century.

    The Graphic Canon was conceived as an art project and as a celebration of literature. It turned into a lot more, including a visual primer on world literature, an encyclopedia of ways to combine words and images, a showcase for the power of illustration and sequential art, and a source of controversy (the word “canon” has gotten under some people’s skin, and the sex and nudity in a few of the pieces have shocked people who apparently didn’t realize that the great works deal with that aspect of the human condition too).

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  • Adapting the Novel: the Graphic Canon

    June 4, 2013

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    Tuesday, June 4th @ 7:30pm
    Irish Arts Center
    553 West 51 Street
    New York, NY

    Join Graphic Canon contributor Robert Berry at the exhibition Ulysses Seen: An International Bloomsday at the Irish Arts Center Wednesday, June 4th to celebrate the launch of The Graphic Canon Volume 3 with fellow contributors Annie Mok, Lauren Weinstein, Peter Kuper, and Brendan Leach.

    Karen Green, curator of the Columbia University Library collection of graphic novels, will be moderation a discussion about adapting literature into a visual form. The Graphic Canon Volume 3 is a nonstop barrage of comics, full-page illustrations, photography, and cutting-edge design bringing to life the literature of the twentieth century. You never know what you’ll find: a Sherlock Holmes mystery, an H. G. Wells story, an illustrated guide to the Beat writers, a one-act play from Zora Neale Hurston (drawn by Milton Knight), a disturbing meditation on Naked Lunch, Rilke’s soul-stirring Letters to a Young Poet, a WWI soldier’s suppressed poem of war’s savagery, Anaïs Nin’s diaries, the visions of Black Elk, the heroin classic The Man With the Golden Arm (published four years before William Burroughs’s Junky ), and the postmodernism of Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, Kathy Acker, Raymond Carver, and Donald Barthelme.

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  • The Graphic Canon Volume 3 launch and artist talk at The Irish Arts Center on June 4th at 7:30pm

    June 4, 2013

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    The anticipation is building for the June 25th release of Volume 3 of The Graphic Canon, the massive collection of classic and modern world literature adapted by artists and illustrators.

    Want an inside look at how these brilliant artists adapted our most beloved modern classics?

    Join us tomorrow, June 4th at 7:30pm at the Irish Arts Center for a panel discussion and reception to celebrate the soon-to-be-released Graphic Canon Vol 3.
    June 4th, 7:30pm
    Irish Arts Center
    553 W 51st St  New York, NY 10019

    Seven Stories publisher Dan Simon and editor Veronica Liu will introduce the event and thank editor Russ Kick (unfortunately not present) for his vision.

    Karen Green, graphic novel librarian at Columbia University and walking encyclopedia of  graphic novels, will be moderating a panel discussion with the incredible artists Peter Kuper (adapted Franz Kafka’s ”The Top” and “Give It Up!”), Robert Berry (adapted Ulysses by James Joyce), Annie Mok (adapted ”Araby” from Dubliners by James Joyce), Lauren Weinstein (adapted ”The Dreaming of the Bones” by W.B.

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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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  • 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.

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  • The Graphic Canon reviewed in New York Times and Turkish Lit Mag

    November 27, 2012

    Molly Keily’s artwork from The Graphic Canon Vol 1 was featured on the front cover of Kitap, one of the most popular literary magazines in Turkey.

    Closer to home, a glowing review in the New York Times Book Review of both Vol 1 and 2 is appearing in this Sunday’s paper. With heaps of observant praise, the review highlights some choice favorites. Here’s a sneak peak:

    • “In The Graphic Canon, the world’s literature is reimagined as comics and visual art, and with it the editor, Russ Kick, has struck a chord.”
    • “Every page sends you further down the rabbit hole, and before you know it, hours have passed.”
    • “Work that might normally put you to sleep will leave you awe-struck.”
    • “[T]hese works of literature do not reside just on the shelves of academia; they flourish in the eye of our imagination.”

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  • Russ Kick at Miami Book Fair International

    November 18, 2012

    Russ Kick, editor of The Graphic Canon, will be presenting at the Miami Book Fair on Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 pm

    The presentation, “Graphic Novels: Noah Van Sciver of The Hypo: A Graphic Portrait of the Melancholic Young Lincoln and Russ Kick on The Graphic Canon“, will be held at the Centre Gallery, Building 1. Russ will talk discuss the entire 3-volume series that makes up what Publisher’s Weekly calls a must-have anthology for those who wish to lose themselves utterly in visual narrative adaptations of the works of the Western canon”.

    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. Visit The Graphic Cannon webpage to learn all about the project.

    To learn more about the Miami Book Fair, go to their webiste.

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