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Classical comics bring to life Shakespeare in Graphic Detail

Posted by LibeRaCe on March 1, 2008

The idea for Classical comics came to Clive Bryant on train in October 2006 while discussing The Tipping Pointby Malcolm Gladwell. To cut a long story short, it occurred to him that if they could convert enough young people to appreciate literature by using the comic format of the graphic novel and Manga, and making them as exciting as a Spiderman comic, then they could, possibly, reach those kids and adults who find the classics boring.

These graphic renditions have had endorsements, from the likes of Patrick Stuart and Barbera Romer, founder of The New Globe Theater, New York, amongst overs.

This week saw the publication of Macbeth as an unabridged graphic novel, which is mostly the work of comic book artist Jon Howard, the illustrator of Spiderman comics, who was reluctant to learn Shakespeare himself! The creators have set out to show that it not just about words, even though the language is fantastic. Its also about acting and reacting within frames, as it was intended ,on a stage.     

Classic comics have produced three versions of each text – Original text, with all of the play poured into speech bubbles. Plain text version, where the Jacobean language is translated into contemporary English, and a Quick text version for those who prefer less of the narrative.


Also see for Manga Shakespear and over classics.


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