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The Graphic Canon


The World's Great Literature as Comics and Visuals

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The Graphic Canon


The World's Great Literature as Comics and Visuals

"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

"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)

“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."
Booklist (starred review)

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New: Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, Vol 1


New: Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, Vol 1


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

"Kick manages to keep just the right unsettling vibe running throughout this impressive anthology."—Comics Grinder

Works & authors

Edgar Allan Poe
Sherlock Holmes
A Clockwork Orange
Agatha Christie
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Jo Nesbø
Strangers on a Train
Stephen King
Iceberg Slim
In Cold Blood
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Franz Kafka
Marquis de Sade
Oscar Wilde
& 16 more

Artists

Robert Berry
C. Frakes
Karrie Fransman
Rick Geary
Emi Gennis
Kate Glasheen
Roberta Gregory
Keren Katz
Megan Kelso
Peter Kuper
R. Sikoryak
& 19 others


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The Basics


The Basics


The Graphic Canon presents the world's classic literaturefrom ancient times to the late twentieth centuryas 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

Get updates about The Graphic Canon series: Facebook / Wordpress / Twitter

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accolades


accolades


"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

“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.”—London Guardian

"The Graphic Canon is an astounding literary and art project, instigated by legendary crusading editor, publisher, anthologist and modern Renaissance Man Russ Kick, which endeavours to interpret the world’s great books through the eyes of masters of crusading sequential narrative in an eye-opening synthesis of modes and styles."—Win Wiacek, Now Read This! / comicsreview.co.uk

"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

The Graphic Canon is absolutely the most ambitious book I’ve picked up this year.”—Newsday

“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.... Russ Kick is an inspired genius. Or maybe a genius inspired. Whatever way, you will not forget The Graphic Canon.”—Counterpunch

“If you took a Norton Anthology of Literature and converted it into comics, the result would be something like The Graphic Canon…. It takes time to read this book, but it is a book worth taking time over." —The Comics Journal

“Verdict: Russ Kick brings it on home—to the home library—with style.”—Austin Chronicle

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Volume 1


From ancient times to the late 1700s

Volume 1


From ancient times to the late 1700s

From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons

“Classic literature gets desterilized with the help of the modern world's most daring graphic artists.” —Kirkus Reviews

Artists
Robert Crumb
Will Eisner
Roberta Gregory
Rick Geary
Sharon Rudahl
Peter Kuper
Molly Crabapple
Gareth Hinds
Seymour Chwast
Andrice Arp
Hunt Emerson
Shawn Cheng
Rebecca Dart
& dozens more

Works & authors
The Iliad & The Odyssey
Plato
Sappho
Medea
Aeneid
Book of Revelation
Beowulf
The Tale of Genji
Arabian Nights

Rumi
The Inferno
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
The Faeire Queene
King Lear
Don Quixote
Paradise Lost
Gulliver’s Travels

Benjamin Franklin
& dozens more

oversized softcover * 512 pages * full color throughout



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Volume 2


The 1800s

Volume 2


The 1800s

From "Kubla Khan" to the Brontë Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Graphic Canon is startlingly brilliant.”—School Library Journal

Artists
Maxon Crumb
Gris Grimly
S. Clay Wilson
Dame Darcy
Kim Deitch
Seth Tobocman
John Porcellino
John Coulthart
Megan Kelso
Hunt Emerson
Lance Tooks
Matt Kish
Ellen Lindner
& dozens more

Works & authors
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
William Blake
Pride and Prejudice
Byron, Shelley, & Keats
Frankenstein
Oliver Twist

Edgar Allan Poe
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights
Moby-Dick
Walden

Les Misérables
Lewis Carroll
Crime and Punishment
Anna Karenina
Huckleberry Finn
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

& dozens more

oversized softcover * 512 pages * full color throughout



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Volume 3


The 20th century

Volume 3


The 20th century

A New York Times bestseller

From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest

"The most beautiful book of 2013.... If The Graphic Canon, Volume 3 doesn't get you excited, you don't love books."—Publishers Weekly

Artists
Robert Crumb
Dame Darcy
Ted Rall
Peter Kuper
Molly Crabapple
R. Sikoryak
Milton Knight
Zak Smith
Matt Kish
Rebecca Migdal
C. Frakes
Robert Berry
David Lasky
Andrice Arp
Yeji Yun
& dozens more

Works & authors
H.G. Wells
Rudyard Kipling
Virginia Woolf
James Joyce
T.S. Eliot
Ernest Hemingway
The Age of Innocence
W.B. Yeats
William Faulkner
Siddhartha and Steppenwolf
Franz Kafka
The Great Gatsby
1984 and Animal Farm
Sartre and Camus
The Grapes of Wrath
Vladimir Nabokov
Naked Lunch
Thomas Pynchon
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Anaïs Nin
The Master and Margarita
Kathy Acker
Blood Meridian
& dozens more

oversized softcover * 574 pages * full color throughout



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The Graphic Canon of Children's Literature


The Graphic Canon of Children's Literature


Now available! Fables, fairy tales, and other children's literature with all the darkness and weirdness left in

Update: Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review! Read it here.

The World's Great Kids' Lit as Comics and Visuals

Artists
Andrice Arp
Ricardo Cortés
Dame Darcy
C. Frakes
Rick Geary
Kate Glasheen
Roberta Gregory
Isabel Greenberg
Peter Kuper
Sharon Rudahl
R. Sikoryak
Lance Tooks
Noah van Sciver
& dozens more

Works & authors
Aesop
The Brothers Grimm
Hans Christian Andersen
"The Nutcracker"
"Little Red Riding Hood"
"The Little Mermaid"
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Heidi
Pinocchio

Mark Twain
The Jungle Book
The Oz series
Peter Pan
The Wind in the Willows
The Secret Garden
Pippi Longstocking

Anne Frank
Watership Down
Rude schoolyard rhymes
Leo Tolstoy and Oscar Wilde (??)
& dozens more

oversized softcover * 478 pages * full color throughout



Click here for more information about The Graphic Canon of Children's Literature....

Note: Like children's literature itself, this volume contains many intense images of grotesquery, nudity, violence, and danger. There are also moments of beauty and humor, of course. But still... It's actually not aimed at children, so please use caution.

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box set


First 3 volumes

box set


First 3 volumes

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video flip-throughs


video flip-throughs


Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

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foreign


Editions published outside the US

foreign


Editions published outside the US

The three-volume Graphic Canon has been published in France and Turkey. Publication is ongoing in Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Brazil, and Japan.

Ad for the three-volume set in Turkey

Ad for the three-volume set in Turkey

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credits


credits


Russ Kick 
creator, editor/anthologist

Dan Simon
publisher

Veronica Liu
project manager

Liz DeLong
managing editor

Stewart Cauley
designer

Jon Gilbert
production manager

Silvia Stramenga
foreign rights

Ruth Weiner
publicity & marketing director

Amy Hayden
publicity manager

Yves Gaston
finance

Jordan Ostroff and Liz Byer
"Further Reading" sections

Ann Kingman, Michael Kindness, and others at Random House Publisher Services
distribution

Further assistance: Karin Bolender, Astrid Cook, Gabe Espinal, Eva Fortes, Will Glass, Phoebe Hwang, Dave Kang, Anne Rumberger, Linda Trepanier, Crystal Yakacki

Huge, neverending thanks to every artist and every writer. And to the agents, publishers, and estates who helped.