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Pictures of Dorian Gray, Images of Oscar Wilde; Part Four: The Double Image

Posted by on May 20th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
It takes a special audacity to try to illustrate The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

Part One, Part Two, Part Three.

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Pictures of Dorian Gray, Images of Oscar Wilde; Part Three: Beardsley, Russell and Salomé

Posted by on May 19th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The artist who has, without rival, done the most to bring Wilde's work into comics is P. Craig Russell. He has adapted four volumes of Wilde's fairy tales, including The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant. Russell's adaptations are really very good, and they demonstrate his range as a comics artist. His images are elegant and subtle, with careful detail and even weight, when it's called for; and they are rounder and more playful, more cartoonish, when that suits the story better. He quietly shifts along this scale, finding just the right pitch, and adjusting the visual style frequently within a given story, or sometimes, even, on a single page. Russell also did a version of Salomé for the third volume of his Opera Adaptations. Part One, Part Two.

Pictures of Dorian Gray, Images of Oscar Wilde; Part Two: The Cartoons of Dorian Gray

Posted by on May 18th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The last couple years have given us four comics adaptations of The Picture of Dorian Gray. The first is a French volume, Le Portrait de Dorian Gray, d’Oscar Wilde, adapted by Stanislas Gros and published by Delcourt in June 2008. The second, the Marvel Illustrated edition, scripted by Roy Thomas and drawn by Sebastian Fiumara, appeared in hardcover later that year. The third, adapted by Ian Edginton and illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard, was published by Sterling just a few weeks after the Marvel edition. The fourth, appearing in a Graphic Classics collection of Wilde stories, was scripted by Alex Burrows with art by Lisa K. Weber. It was published by Eureka in early 2009. Part One.

Pictures of Dorian Gray, Images of Oscar Wilde; Part One: The Power of Image

Posted by on May 17th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
oscar_wilde_portraitIn this nine-part essay, I examine various efforts to visually represent Dorian Gray, especially in comics, and I consider the multiple depictions of Wilde in cartoons going back as far as 1882. These two projects have more in common than it might first seem. Wilde was especially interested in the idea of "image"—that is, in visual and narrative presentations of the self. Hence his emphasis on surface, style and physical beauty: but also, his fascination with secrecy, concealment and double lives. These themes, which occupy so prominent a role in Wilde's fiction and drama, were also the dominant notes of his life. And in both spheres he played freely, dangerously, with the distinction between reality and representation, between life and art.

Fantasy’s Michelangelo: An Appreciation

Posted by on May 14th, 2010 at 2:47 PM
Ken Smith's 1994 (TCJ #174) appreciation of Frazetta examines the artist in the larger context of fantasy illustrators and his heritage.

Black, White, and Red All Over: The Active Four-Year Life of Will Gould’s Big Red Barry

Posted by on April 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
A freely flowing course of lusty fantasy, with just sufficient tongue in its cheek to lighten both sentimentality and terror: sufficient for any comic-strip devotee to murmur hasta la vista to an endearing borderline-camp labor of nostalgic love.

Yearlong Best of the Year: The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part II: From the Bastille to Baghdad

Posted by on April 14th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
With The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part II: From the Bastille to Baghdad, Larry Gonick brings the celebrated chronicle he began in 1978 to its appointed and gratifying conclusion.

The Incomplete Milt Gross

Posted by on April 12th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
I’m the worst person to review the book: It was published by IDW, which also publishes the Complete Little Orphan Annie series I’m working on (although Dean Mullaney’s Library of American Comics series is completely separate from the Yoe Books series). And Yoe quotes me in his introduction and thanks me in the acknowledgements. (For the record, Yoe had sent out a request on a listserv for a rare Gross photo and I told him where it could be found.) Yoe has made a nod toward me in the past on other projects and he’s also sent material my way on my own research interests.

Danica Davidson: Schoolgirl Milky Crisis by Jonathan Clements

Posted by on April 9th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
What makes Schoolgirl Milky Crisis such an ideal read is the fact that this 393-page encyclopedia-like book is written by someone in the business who knows what he’s talking about. The author, Jonathan Clements, has not only worked in the translating and dubbing process of anime, but he speaks Japanese and has written informed articles everywhere from Newtype USA to UK’s Guardian.

Sakura Con 2010: Secret History of Manga

Posted by on April 7th, 2010 at 5:31 PM
This panel, regarding the history of manga translation in the U.S., was presented by Manga: The Complete Guide author Jason Thompson.

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