The Graphic Canon presents the world's classic literature—from ancient times to the late twentieth century—as eye-popping comics, illustrations, and other visual forms. I wanted to see what would happen when today's most talented, inventive artists used the greatest works ever written as their source material. It's an art experiment, a celebration of literature, and an explosion of comics.
These are not watered-down versions of the classics meant to be spoonfed to children. Instead, this kaleidoscope of artistic styles and forms presents the great works in all their complexity, depth, beauty, darkness, and wit. (Please note: There are sexual situations, nudity, and violence in all volumes. This is either a warning or a selling point, depending on your outlook.)
The Graphic Canon
The World’s Great Literature as Comics and Visuals
edited by Russ Kick / published by Seven Stories Press
3 oversize volumes, plus a children's lit volume / over 2,000 pages total / 225 works / full color throughout
More than 140 artists, including Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, S. Clay Wilson, Roberta Gregory, Gris Grimly, Dame Darcy, Ted Rall, Rick Geary, Maxon Crumb, Peter Kuper, Sharon Rudahl, Seth Tobocman, John Porcellino, R. Sikoryak, Matt Kish, Zak Smith, Molly Crabapple
Translated into French, German, Polish, Bulgarian, Turkish, Portuguese (Brazil), and Japanese