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Seven Stories Press celebrates the release of The Graphic Canon Boxed Set with the Society of Illustrators
November 8, 2013Friday, November 8, 6:30pm-8:30pm 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.
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 Iliad, The 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.
June 4, 2013
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.
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 26, 2012
Get any 7 Stories title for 25% off when you order from our website.
And stay alert for even greater deals this month on some of our best holiday gift books, like Evolution, Meme Wars, Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? and The Graphic Canon Vol 1 and 2.
Evolution is the book on how we came to be what we are. It features two hundred stark black-and-white photographs produced by Patrick Gries in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History in Paris are accompanied by text from scientist and documentarian Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu.
Check back for more deals and holiday gift ideas!
October 12, 2012
Huxley King and Terrence Boyce have created a brilliant adaptation of chapter 2 of Pride and Prejudice, based on Huxley King’s contribution to The Graphic Canon Vol 2, an anthology of literature from the 1800s adapted by artists and illustrators.
Beautiful drawings and lively voice overs of your favorite Bennets as Mrs. Bennet wails about not meeting Mr. Bingley while Mr. Bennet teases her and then reveals that he has in fact visited the wealthy new neighbor earlier that day.
Check out the video on You Tube.
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.”
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.