Be warned: if your looking for some dry, flavorless rehash of the Classics in The Graphic Canon: Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liasons , you won’t find it. These are living,breathing tales with all the bawdiness, decadence and breath-taking artistry intact. If you’re looking for the true life of these tales and epics, however, you must read this grand graphic novel.
Begin with The Epic of Gilgamesh. This is a refreshing beginning ; a full-blooded rendition wherein the images grace the story in all it’s glorious savagery and bawdiness. Skip around. Luxuriate in the art and the knowledge that the Tibetan Book of The Dead is included, as well as excerpts from The Popul Vuh. Peter Kuper renders Swift’s A Modest Proposal with scorching grace. Robert Crumb does Boswell’s London Journal with equal measure of philosophy and debauchery.
I can’t wait to read Molly Crabapple’s offering of The Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons.
Russ Kick, editor to this full-blooded rebirth of the classics, will be signing at Booksellers on Thursday night, June 14th, starting at 6:00 p.m.