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

    June 25, 2013


    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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