Monday, March 23, 2009

because I like my books with pictures...


Marvel is a corporation after my own heart.


I finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray a few weeks ago and I keep renewing it at the library because I don't want to give it back. It has some deliciously animated descriptions and colorful turns of phrase - and the setting and themes of the book are so parallel to contemporary events (the glorification of youth and our pleasure driven society), so naturally I can't put it down (even for reading the 6 or 7 other books I have from the library).... add my love of that book for my love of comic books and graphic novels and you'll see where I'm going with this.


MARVEL ILLUSTRATED has taken upon itself to prey/capitalize upon my love (and I suspect the love of many others around the world) of classic literature and comic book format by creating a mashup of the two mediums....


I found out about this from a random comment left on my blog by some guy I'd never heard of before and will probably never hear from again - he found my blog, left a comment about this mashup and that was that.


WELL - today I found volume 1 of Marvel's interpretation of The Picture of Dorian Gray online and it's AMAZING! The characters look just as I would imagine them, the composition of each panel is deliberate and compelling, and they've distilled the action of the book into the perfect concentration of dialogue and narration....


NOW, I have to get my hands on the other 5 volumes. As much I love patronizing the library, I'm definitely purchasing these - they're only 2.99 each.


I've posted volume 1 in its entirety between my gushing about its existence. Check it out and read the book if you get the chance. This interpretation of the source work really brings the story to life.....

7 Comments:

Anonymous said...

It is certainly interesting for me to read that blog. Thanx for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to them. I would like to read a bit more soon.

Best wishes

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If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy the work of Joe Sacco - who has written books about Palestine, Gaza, Bosnia etc all through the graphic novel form.

Here is a link to an interview with him from the Guardian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/nov/22/joe-sacco-interview-rachel-cooke

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