Masterpiece Comics

by R. Sikoryak | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1897299842 Global Overview for this book
Registered by erinacea of Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on 5/14/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by erinacea from Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Saturday, May 14, 2011
A present of my mother's to last year's birthday.

In this book, Sikoryak collects short comic format summaries of a sizable number of classic novels, with different comic styles for each story that is derived from similarly classic comics (though I hardly recognize any of them) and, as becomes clear on reading the (fake?) "letter to the editor" section, was in all cases specifically chosen via the criteria of comic and novel covering comparable topics. However, I've got to admit that I didn't understand many of the reasons, probably for the simple reason of not knowing the comic in question. In none of these explanations, does Sikoryak ever name either the original novel (they all get titles punning on the comic) or the original comic - instead, s/he only references them via the authors.

While I really like the idea, not only of presenting classics as comics, but also of doing so in a way that brings out their similarities, I just couldn't warm to the drawing style. The styles are markedly different, but all comics lacked a certain spirit - for example, I don't think the superman comics were ever this bland. Partly because of this, but also due to the concentration on the novels' key scenes, none of the comics dealing with novels that I didn't know yet inspired in me the wish to read the original one day. Quite the opposite, actually.
The example that springs to mind as particularly atrocious was "The Crypt of Brontë" (Wuthering Heights), not that that had ever been on my reading list, but I rather suspect that now it never will make it.

The comic I liked best, by far, was "Mephistofield", retelling Mephistopheles by means of the Garfield protagonists. (The explanation for this pairing was particularly telling:
"Jon Faustus is always bossing Mephistofield around, and yet Meph is really in control the whole time. What's going on here? - Apparently you've never had a cat.")

I also consider the "Dorian Gray" adaption rather well done, though the style wasn't really my cup of tea, either.

Journal Entry 2 by erinacea at Frankfurter Allee in Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Saturday, May 14, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (5/14/2011 UTC) at Frankfurter Allee in Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany


On one of these stone benches, between Proskauer and Petersburger Straße (rightside, in this direction, and before the book-selling "Cafe Tasso".

Released on the occasion of the German version of the Free Comic Day 2011.


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