The Graphic Canon is “A Ravishment” on Salon

The Tale of Genji

Detail from The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, adaptated by Molly Kiely

Salon’s Laura Miller had some great things to say about The Graphic Canon in her roundup of graphic novels from 2012:

This ambitious anthology invites established and emerging comics artists to illustrate humanity’s greatest literary works, from “The Epic of Gilgamesh” and the sayings of Confucius to “The Divine Comedy” and Boswell’s “London Journal.” Some of these adaptations work better than others. Having R. Crumb illustrate the ambivalently overindulgent Boswell’s memoir is a stroke of genius, and Tori McKenna’s striking swampland rendition of “Medea” is capable of replacing all other visual representations of that fearsome figure from Greek tragedy. The sketchy noirish drawings of Seymour Chwast, however, are much better suited to Chaucer’s “Wife of Bath’s Tale” than to Dante. Nevertheless “Lysistrata,” drawn by Valerie Schrag in the style of a naughty Tijuana bible, is great fun, Gareth Hinds evokes the poetry amid the guts and gore of “Beowulf” and Molly Keily’s “The Tale of Genji” is a ravishment in black and white.

Thanks, Laura! Click HERE to read the whole feature on Salon.com!

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