Graphic Canon GN (2012 Seven Stories Press) comic books
SET: Includes Volume 1-3 - NOTE: Printings may vary. Edited by Russ Kick. The classic canon of Western civilization meets the artists and illustrators who have remade reading in the last years of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century in Russ Kick's magisterial, three-volume, full-color The Graphic Canon, volumes 1, 2, and 3. This special slipcase edition includes all three volumes of the series in an attractively designed slipcase, as well as the three promotional posters created for each volume's release, allowing graphic novel collectors and fans to quickly add this important work to their library. Softcover (3 Volumes with Slipcase), 8-in. x 11-in., 1,600 pages (Total), PC/PB&W.
Volume 1 - 1st printing. Edited by Russ Kick. "From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerously Liaisons!" This gorgeous, one-of-a-kind trilogy brings classic literatures of the world together with legendary graphic artists and illustrators. From a rarely seen R. Crumb rendering of James Boswell's London Journal to a manga Macbeth, there are more than 130 literary works, reinterpreted here for readers and collectors of all ages. Volume 1 whirls us from eye-popping renditions of the great epics Gilgamesh, The Odyssey (in water colors by Gareth Hinds), The Divine Comedy, and The Canterbury Tales (the latter two by legendary illustrator and graphic designer Seymour Chwast), to Robert Crumb's rarely seen adaptation of James Boswell's London Journal, filled with philosophical debate and lowbrow debauchery. Contributors include Will Eisner, Robert Crumb, Roberta Gregory, Rick Geary, Sharon Rudahl, Peter Kuper, Molly Crabapple, Gareth Hinds and over 50 others. Softcover, 8-in. x 11-in., 448 pages, PC/PB&W. Cover price $34.95.
Volume 2 - 1st printing. "From Pride and Prejudice to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!" Volume 2 of The Graphic Canon delivers a 19th-century cornucopia that includes Maxon Crumb and Gris Grimly's versions of Poe's visions, Eisner Award-winning artist Bill Sienkiewicz's take on Moby-Dick, and, for the first time, a selection from Huckleberry Finn exactly as Twain wrote it. The bad boys of Romanticism - Shelley, Keats, and Byron - are here along with the Brontë sisters, Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra and Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Frankenstein joins Thoreau's Walden and two of Emily Dickinson's greatest poems. Softcover, 8-in. x 11-in., 448 pages, full color. Cover price $34.95.
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Volume 3 - 1st printing. Edited by Russ Kick. Contributors include Robert Crumb, Dame Darcy, Ted Rall, Peter Kuper, Molly Crabapple, R. Sikoryak, Milton Knight, Tara Seibel and over 70 others. "From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway and to Infinite Jest!" Volume 3 brings to life the literature of the end of the 20th century and the start of the 21st, including a Sherlock Holmes mystery, an H.G. Wells story, an illustrated guide to the Beat writers, a one-act play from Zora Neale Hurston, a disturbing meditation on Naked Lunch, Rilke's soul-stirring Letters to a Young Poet, Anaïs Nin's diaries, the visions of Black Elk, the heroin classic The Man With the Golden Arm, and the postmodernism of Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, Kathy Acker, Raymond Carver, and Donald Barthelme. Softcover, 8-in. x 11-in., 576 pages, full color. Cover price $44.95.