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June 4, 2013Adapting the Novel: the Graphic Canon 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
October 2, 2012
And it was just featured in Brain Pickings, with an impressive slideshow of some of the amazing pieces from the book.
“The Graphic Canon covers a remarkable spectrum of literature since 1800 and spans everything from “the bad boys of Romanticism” — Keats, Byron, and Shelley — to cornerstones of science and philosophy like Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra to prior favorites like Matt Kish’s Moby-Dick illustrations. The tome is the best thing in literary comics since Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant and a fine complement to the best graphic nonfiction of the past few years.”
October 1, 2012
The Graphic Canon Volume 2: From “Kubla Khan” to the Brontë Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray (ON SALE TOMORROW) edited by Russ Kick, gets a rave review in Publishers Weekly!
“Comprising original graphic versions of classic literature, from Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” to Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, this is the second volume of a must-have anthology for those who wish to lose themselves utterly in visual narrative adaptations of the works of the Western canon.”
“Apart from containing insightful introductions and wonderful artwork, these selections have a not-to-be-underestimated pedagogical value that educators will no doubt find invaluable in bringing classic works of literature to a 21st-century audience immersed in visual culture.”
September 28, 2012
The second installment of The Graphic Canon series, edited by Russ Kick, The Graphic Canon, Vol. 2: From “Kubla Khan” to the Brontë Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray is on sale October 2nd!
Flavorwire recently featured a beautiful slideshow of some of the art, from Pride and Prejudice adapted by Huxley King with Terrence Boyce to “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by Yien Yip to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland adapted by Dame Darcy.
To see a preview of some of the amazing art in Volume 2 go to Flavorwire.
Bookend Event: Brooklyn Book Festival celebrates The Graphic Canon with Small Demons at The Bell House on 9/18
September 18, 2012
Join Seven Stories Press and Small Demons on Tuesday, September 18th at 7pm at The Bell House for a unique literary event sponsored by the Brooklyn Book Festival. The event features a multimedia presentation of The Graphic Canon, a three-volume anthology of classic world literature adapted by artists and illustrators, called the “graphic publishing literary event of the year” (Publisher’s Weekly) and “an exciting new benchmark for comics” (Library Journal). The Graphic Canon is the brainchild of Russ Kick, a bestselling author/anthologist who embarked on a colossal project to re-tell the literature of the world in comics and visuals. All together the three volumes feature over 200 pieces of literature, drawn by 150 different artists and illustrators.
Art from all three volumes of The Graphic Canon will be presented by Seven Stories publisher Dan Simon and as well as contributors Seymour Chwast (The Divine Comedy, Vol. 1), Shawn Cheng (a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Vol.
August 7, 2012
“Given the wide range of talent, each with a distinctive style, the volumes burst with an exuberant range of visual styles from classic line drawings to psychedelic prints to computer-generated faux-3D posters.”
The Philly Inquirer reviews Russ Kick’s take on a collection of classic literature. The Graphic Canon Volume 1: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons is swarming with visuals of reinterpreted stories. Keep your eyes peeled for Volume 2, coming out this October, and Volume 3, which will follow in March 2013.
Click here to read the Inquirer’s full review!