The Graphic Canon, Volume 3

From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest

By Russ Kick (Editor); Robert Crumb (Contribution by); Dame Darcy (Contribution by)
(Seven Stories Press, Paperback, 9781609803803, 563pp.)

Publication Date: June 25, 2013

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"Publisher's Weekly" "Best Summer Books of 2013"
"The Daily Beast's ""Brainy Summer Beach Reads"""
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," AnaIs 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.

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 "".

Robert Crumb first found fame with Zap comics in 1968. Subsequent comics include Snatch, Big Ass, Despair, Weirdo and Hup. He starred in the Oscar nominated 1994 film Crumb, and has produced many books, including TASCHEN s Sex Obsessions, 2007.

Dame Darcy, born in Idaho in 1971, is an illustrator, painter, animator, actress, musician, and reality show star. Her comic book Meat Cake has been published by Fantagraphics Books since 1993. She also contributed to The Illustrated Jane Eyre with Penguin in 2006, Comic Book Tattoo with Image in 2008, Gasoline with Merrell Publishers in 2008, and Handbook For Hot Witches with Holt in 2012. She won a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute in 1989, where she studied animation and majored in film. She also has her own fashion label in Japan. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.
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