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The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, Volume 1


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The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, Volume 1


"Kick and his army of artists have crafted a formidable and fascinating collection." –Molly Odintz, Lit Hub

Comic versions of classic tales of murderers, thieves, con artists, detectives,
cops, and judges from ancient times to the 21st century

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The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, Volume 1: From Sherlock Holmes to A Clockwork Orange to Jo Nesbø

With a kaleidoscope of styles and approaches from 30 artists, this volume visualizes the greatest works about crime and its consequences - from ancient Greek tragedy to the gritty detective stories our time. Thrillers, whodunits, noir, suspense, true crime, prison memoirs, lowlife tales, and more from through the ages.

Works & authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Sherlock Holmes, A Clockwork OrangeThe Postman Always Rings Twice, Strangers on a Train, In Cold Blood, Agatha Christie, Jo Nesbø, Stephen King, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Franz Kafka, Marquis de Sade, Jean Genet, Iceberg Slim, Oscar Wilde

Artists include C. Frakes, Karrie Fransman, Rick Geary, Kate Glasheen, Roberta Gregory, Megan Kelso, Peter Kuper, R. Sikoryak, 22 others

350 pages ~ 30 pieces  ~ oversized softcover ~ full color throughout

The Graphic Canon "is 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


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The Graphic Canon series

"In The Graphic Canon, the world’s literature is reimagined as comics and visual art, and with it the editor, Russ Kick, has struck a chord."—New York Times Sunday Book Review (Editor's Choice)

"One of the most ambitious [projects] in the history of the graphic medium.... The Graphic Canon continues to be an enrapturing experience... a vibrant, feverish dance through some of the best parts of our artistic history." —Paste magazine

“These three volumes are genuinely things of beauty—lush, gorgeous, dazzling visual recreations of the literary works we (at least of a certain generation) devoured.”—Counterpunch

The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, Volume 1

"This cleverly arranged series of graphic adaptations of classic mystery tales brings together a wide range of artists matched with a diverse list of stories, many of which are only loosely categorizable as crime fiction (that’s part of the fun of it). With everything from biblical judgements to decadent poetry to 19th century classics, Kick and his army of artists have crafted a formidable and fascinating collection."
—Molly Odintz, Lit Hub

"This is a take on the crime & mystery genre that proves quite refreshing and a true eye-opener. Russ Kick, in the role of curator/editor, has taken an offbeat path in order to emphasize just how diverse and unpredictable his subject can be.... Kick manages to keep just the right unsettling vibe running throughout this impressive anthology."—Henry Chamberlain, Comics Grinder


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Artwork


Artwork


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Video Flip-through


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Full Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction

Section: “The Act”

“The Murderer’s Wine”
Charles Baudelaire
art/adaptation by Alex Eckman-Lawn

Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky
art/adaptation by Rick Geary

“A Fratricide”
Franz Kafka
art/adaptation by Peter Kuper

The Postman Always Rings Twice
James M. Cain
art/adaptation by Sarah Benkin

Strangers on a Train
Patricia Highsmith
art/adaptation by Megan Kelso

A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess
art/adaptation by Karrie Fransman

In Cold Blood
Truman Capote
art/adaptation by Emi Gennis

Mr. Mercedes
Stephen King
art/adaptation by Sarah Crosby

 

Section: “Criminals”

Justine
Marquis de Sade
art/adaptation by R. Sikoryak

“The Body-Snatcher”
Robert Louis Stevenson
art/adaptation by Kriota Willberg

“The Power of Eloquence” (a tale from Japan)
Kikuchi Jun
art/adaptation by James Wragg

“Two Gallants” (from Dubliners)
James Joyce
art/adaptation by Robert Berry

“Sherlock Holmes Arrives Too Late” (an Arsène Lupin Story)
Maurice Leblanc
art/adaptation by Jane Mai

Miracle of the Rose
Jean Genet
art/adaptation by Gareth Brookes

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Iceberg Slim
art/adaptation by Ellice Weaver

Headhunters
Jo Nesbø
art/adaptation by Jackie Roche

 

 

Section: “Whodunit”

The Judgment of Solomon
from the First Book of Kings
art/adaptation by Keren Katz

Oedipus Tyrannus
Sophocles
art/adaptation by Benjamin Frisch

“The Three Apples”
from The Arabian Nights
art/adaptation by Glynnis Fawkes

“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”
Edgar Allan Poe
art/adaptation by Theo Ellsworth

“The Adventure of the Speckled Band” (a Sherlock Holmes Mystery)
Arthur Conan Doyle
adaptation by Suzy Kim
art by Patrick Gabrielli

“Talma Gordon”
Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins
art/adaptation by C. Frakes

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (a Hercule Poirot Mystery)
Agatha Christie
art/adaptation by Ovadia Benishu

 

Section: “Judgment”

Jesus and the Adulteress
from the Gospel of John
art/adaptation by Roberta Gregory

"Simona and Pasquino" (from The Decameron)
Boccaccio
art/adaptation by David Tripp

The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne
art/adaptation by Sophia Wiedeman

 

Section: “Punishment”

Prometheus Bound
Aeschylus
art/adaptation by Ellis Rosen

The House of the Dead
Fyodor Dostoevsky
art/adaptation by Hadar Reuven

“The Ballad of Reading Gaol”
Oscar Wilde
and
“Takase Bune”
Mori Ōgai
art/adaptation by Caroline Picard

“In the Penal Colony”
Franz Kafka
art/adaptation by Kate Glasheen

Contributors

Credits & Permissions

Indexes

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Postman Always Rings Twice


Postman Always Rings Twice


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Headhunters


Headhunters


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Sherlock


Sherlock


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Body Snatcher


Body Snatcher


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House of the Dead


House of the Dead


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Pimp


Pimp


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Miracle of the Rose


Miracle of the Rose


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In the Penal Colony


In the Penal Colony


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Arsène Lupin


Arsène Lupin


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Murderer's Wine


Murderer's Wine