The Graphic Canon, Volume 2

From "Kubla Khan" to the Bronte Sisters to the Picture of Dorian Gray

By Russ Kick (Editor); Maxon Crumb (Contribution by); Gris Grimly (Contribution by)
(Seven Stories Press, Paperback, 9781609803780, 499pp.)

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

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"The Graphic Canon, Volume 2" gives us a visual cornucopia based on the wealth of literature from the 1800s. Several artists--including Maxon Crumb and Gris Grimly--present their versions of Edgar Allan Poe's visions. The great American novel" Huckleberry Finn" is adapted uncensored for the first time, as Twain wrote it. The bad boys of Romanticism--Shelley, Keats, and Byron--are visualized here, and so are the BrontE sisters. We see both of Coleridge's most famous poems: "Kubla Khan" and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (the latter by British comics legend Hunt Emerson). Philosophy and science are ably represented by ink versions of Nietzsche's"Thus Spake Zarathustra" and Darwin's "On the Origin of Species."
"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.

About the Author
Russ Kick is the editor of the wildly successful three-volume anthology "The Graphic Canon: The World's Great Literature as Comics and Visuals "and the bestselling anthologies "You Are Being Lied To", "Everything You Know is Wrong", and "50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know" . His books have sold over half a million copies. "The New York Times" has dubbed him "an information archaeologist," "Details" magazine described him as "a Renaissance man," and "Utne Reader"named him one of its "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World." He is creator of the popular website "".

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.
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