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Adapting the Novel: the Graphic Canon

Admission: FREE


 

 

Irish Arts Center and Seven Stories Press
present
Adapting the Novel: the Graphic Canon

June 4 | 7:30 pm

"What [editor Russ Kick] asks us to acknowledge with The Graphic Canon is this: Gulliver’s Travels, Wuthering Heights, Leaves of Grass — these works of literature do not reside just on the shelves of academia; they flourish in the eye of our imagination. Most fascinating are the adaptations of works that less obviously lend themselves to comic or visual treatment.”–The New York Times Book Reivew on The Graphic Canon

Coinciding with the exhibition Ulysses Seen: An International Bloomsday, come celebrate the launch of The Graphic Canon Volume 3, which features contemporary artists and illustrators re-imagining great works of literature from around the world. Karen Green, curator of the Columbia University Library collection of graphic novels, will be moderating a discussion on adapting literature and reaching new audiences through visual forms.

Joining her will be illustrator Robert Berry, who has a 14-page sequence from Ulysses included in Volume 3, and local artists Lauren Weinstein, Annie Mok, Peter Kuper, and Brendan Leach who are featured in all three volumes of The Graphic Canon, which spans from early literature such as The Epic of Gilgamesh and Shakespeare to modern classics likeInfinite Jest and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

 

 

 



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“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)

“The graphic publishing literary event of the year.”—Publishers Weekly

“An exciting new benchmark for comics!”—Library Journal

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

“This meaty slab is laced with more wit, beauty, social commentary and shock than one might expect. . . .”—Kirkus Reviews

 

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