Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Chelsea Bauch
Flavorwire (17 February 2010)

“Most of us are familiar with the inevitable anxiety that comes with seeing a beloved book turned into a movie, but some stories can actually benefit from a little cross-genre reinterpretation. Amid the medium’s rapid ascension toward highbrow acceptance, graphic novels have proved a flexible format for literary adaptation, transforming texts into improved visual narratives without eliminating the reading process.

Now, with a spate of recently published and upcoming graphic adaptations — including Robert Crumb’s The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb and the sure-to-be-divisive Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel — we recommend ten classic works that have been effectively translated into comic books.”


Latest in Comics

Pop Stars Branch Out Into Graphic Novels
— Priya Elan (Financial Times, 16 April 2010)
North Korea’s Comic Propaganda
— Geoffrey Cain (The Diplomat, 17 March 2010)
Exclusive Claude Lévi-Strauss Cartoon
— Apostolos Doxiadis, Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna (Financial Times, 27 February 2010)
10 Literary Classics Made Better as Comic Books
— Chelsea Bauch (Flavorwire, 17 February 2010)
Animal Farm; or, a Short and Somewhat Political History of Comics in Poland
— Tomasz Kołodziejczak (Words Without Borders, February 2010)
New Books from Old: Turning Classics into Comics
— Ada Price (Publishers Weekly, 21 December 2009)
The Word Made Full-Figured
— Brad Jones (Open Letters Monthly, November 2009)
The Cartoons That Shook the World…without the Cartoons (audio)
— Jonathan Kirsch (KCRW, 29 September 2009)
Pynchon and Comics
— Sean Rogers (The Walrus, 12 August 2009)

Latest in Literature

The Clerk, RIP
— Scott Timberg (Salon, 18 December 2011)
The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami
— Sam Anderson (The New York Times Magazine, 21 October 2011)
Top 100 Most Sought After Out-of-Print Books in 2011
— BookFinder.com (BookFinder.com, 2011)
Man of a Hundred Thousand Books
— George Fetherling (Geist, 2011)
30 Books That Could Be The Next Harry Potter
— George Wales (Total Film, 25 May 2011)
Where Are Today's Steinbecks?
— Michael Goldfarb (BBC, 11 May 2011)
The Public Library Manifesto
— David Morris (Yes!, 6 May 2011)
Why Women Love Fantasy Literature
— Alyssa Rosenberg (The Atlantic, 10 May 2011)
The Web Allows Stories to Be Spun in New Ways
— Robert McCrum (The Observer, 8 May 2011)
The Urgent Matter of Books
— Lidia Yuknavitch (The Rumpus, 3 May 2011)

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