The Graphic Canon, Vol. 3
From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest
By Russ Kick
(Seven Stories Press, Paperback, 9781609803803, 576pp.)
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
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The classic literary canon meets the comics artists, illustrators, and other artists who have remade reading in Russ Kick's magisterial, three-volume, full-color The Graphic Canon, volumes 1, 2, and 3.
Volume 3 brings to life the literature of the end of the 20th century and the start of the 21st, including a Sherlock Holmes mystery, an H.G. Wells story, an illustrated guide to the Beat writers, a one-act play from Zora Neale Hurston, a disturbing meditation on Naked Lunch, Rilke's soul-stirring Letters to a Young Poet, Anaïs Nin's diaries, the visions of Black Elk, the heroin classic The Man With the Golden Arm (published four years before William Burroughs' Junky), and the postmodernism of Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, Kathy Acker, Raymond Carver, and Donald Barthelme.
The towering works of modernism are here--T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Waste Land," Yeats's "The Second Coming" done as a magazine spread, Heart of Darkness, stories from Kafka, The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf, James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, and his short story "Araby" from Dubliners, rare early work from Faulkner and Hemingway (by artists who have drawn for Marvel), and poems by Gertrude Stein and Edna St. Vincent Millay.
You'll also find original comic versions of short stories by W. Somerset Maugham, Flannery O'Connor, and Saki (manga style), plus adaptations of Lolita (and everyone said it couldn't be done!), The Age of Innocence, Siddhartha and Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Last Exit to Brooklyn, J.G. Ballard's Crash, and photo-dioramas for Animal Farm and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Feast your eyes on new full-page illustrations for 1984, Brave New World, Waiting for Godot, One Hundred Years of Solitude,The Bell Jar, On the Road, Lord of the Flies, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and three Borges stories.
Robert Crumb's rarely seen adaptation of Nausea captures Sartre's existential dread. Dame Darcy illustrates Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece, Blood Meridian, universally considered one of the most brutal novels ever written and long regarded as unfilmable by Hollywood. Tara Seibel, the only female artist involved with the Harvey Pekar Project, turns in an exquisite series of illustrations for The Great Gatsby. And then there's the moment we've been waiting for: the first graphic adaptation from Kurt Vonnegut's masterwork, Slaughterhouse-Five. Among many other gems.
RUSS KICK's best-selling anthologies, including You Are Being Lied To and Everything You Know Is Wrong, have sold over half a million copies. The New York Times has dubbed Kick "an information archaeologist," Details magazine described Kick as "a Renaissance man," and Utne Reader named him one of its "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World." Russ Kick lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee, and Tucson, Arizona.
From the Boxed Set edition.
"These works of literature do not reside just on the shelves of academia; they flourish in the eye of our imagination...will leave you awe-struck."—New York Times Book Review
"It's easily the most ambitious and successfully realized literary project in recent memory, and certainly the one that's most relevant for today's readers"—NPR, Indie Booksellers Pick 2012's Best
"The Most Beautiful Book of 2013 is The Graphic Canon, Volume 3"—Publishers Weekly, "Best Summer Books 2013"
“The Graphic Canon is startlingly brilliant.”—School Library Journal
“This meaty slab is laced with more wit, beauty, social commentary and shock than one might expect. . . .”—Kirkus Reviews
“This is not only a survey of the world’s diverse artistic past, but also a breathtaking glimpse of this young medium’s incredible future...proves most powerful in its tear-inducing panoply of graphic talents and styles working in the comics medium."—Booklist (starred review)
“The trilogy should occupy a prominent place in all adult graphic novel collections.”—Library Journal
“The Graphic Canon is absolutely the most ambitious book I’ve picked up this year.”—Newsday
“Kick’s passionate introductions anchor the collection, appearing before every adaptation and setting writer and artist in context. And they're central to the anthology's purpose: to entertain, but also to broaden the mind, to foist James Joyce on people who never got beyond Buck Mulligan, to nudge lovers of literature to pick up a graphic novel or three.”—The Guardian
"Bold, brilliant. . . . By turns playful and beautiful, this visual treatment is more than entertainment; it offers a new perspective for understanding these enduring works.”—Reader’s Digest
"A treasure trove for literary comics fans.”—Wired’s GeekDad blog
"A vibrant, feverish dance through some of the best parts of our artistic history."—Paste
“Verdict: Russ Kick brings it on home – to the home library – with style.”—The Austin Chronicle