The Graphic Canon, Volume 2
From "Kubla Khan" to the Bronte Sisters to the Picture of Dorian Gray
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
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"Frankenstein," "Moby-Dick," "Les MisErables," "Great Expectations," "Middlemarch," "Anna Karenina," "Crime and Punishment" (a hallucinatory take on the pivotal murder scene), Thoreau's "Walden" (in spare line art by John Porcellino of King-Cat Comics fame), "The Drunken Boat" by Rimbaud, "Leaves of Grass" by Whitman, and two of Emily Dickinson's greatest poems are all present and accounted for. John Coulthart has created ten magnificent full-page collages that tell the story of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. And "Pride and Prejudice" has never looked this splendiferous
This volume is a special treat for Lewis Carroll fans. Dame Darcy puts her unmistakable stamp on--what else?--the Alice books in a new 16-page tour-de-force, while a dozen other artists present their versions of the most famous characters and moments from Wonderland. There's also a gorgeous silhouetted telling of "Jabberwocky," and Mahendra's Singh's surrealistic take on "The Hunting of the Snark."
Curveballs in this volume include fairy tales illustrated by the untameable S. Clay Wilson, a fiery speech from freed slave Frederick Douglass (rendered in stark black and white by Seth Tobocman), a letter on reincarnation from Flaubert, the Victorian erotic classic "Venus in Furs," the drug classic" The Hasheesh Eater," and silk-screened illustrations for the ghastly children's classic "Der Struwwelpeter." Among many other canonical works.
Gris Grimly is a children's book illustrator who moonlights in painting and filmmaking. Some of his best-known works include Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness and Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia, and Neil Gaiman's bestselling picture book The Dangerous Alphabet. He lives in Los Angeles.