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The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, Volume 1


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The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, Volume 1


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

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

"With different artists and illustrators taking on each tale, there are many revelations." –NY Times

"This work displays a range of absolutely stunning talent." –Library Journal

"The grand experiment continues." –Paul Buhle, LA Review of Books

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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, 13 others

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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"Featuring adaptations of famous crime classics, most of which were created specifically for this volume, this work displays a range of absolutely stunning talent.... A fantastic survey of the literature concerned with criminal activity, as well as a primer on everything possible in the graphic format." 
—Tom Batten, Library Journal

"From Poe to Kafka to Dostoyevsky, all the masters are here, in these short, graphic renderings of the darkest, most foreboding writing of all time. With different artists and illustrators taking on each tale, there are many revelations."
New York Times capsule review

"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

 

"Something unprecedented in comic art, at least in the English language.... There is so much good art and fine storytelling in this latest volume that complaints and criticisms seem almost niggling.... It is, for now, the most sustained anthology of comic art in the English language — the best showplace of what comic art is today and what it can do. That’s quite an accomplishment."
—Paul Buhle, Los Angeles Review of Books

"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

 


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Artwork


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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