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Re: Shakespeare in the Comics
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0397  Tuesday, 28 April 1998.

[1]     From:   Matthew Gretzinger <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Apr 1998 09:07:18 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0391  Re :Shakespeare in the Comics

[2]     From:   Bruce Fenton <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Apr 1998 11:49:49 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0391  Re: Illustrated Hamlet


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From:           Matthew Gretzinger <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Apr 1998 09:07:18 -0400
Subject: 9.0391  Re :Shakespeare in the Comics
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0391  Re :Shakespeare in the Comics

Just a note or two, in response to Gaiman & Vess having been brought up
by Steven Marx:  Charles Vess is also responsible for a wonderful
illustrated version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (which, alas, I can no
longer find anywhere-does anyone know if these are still in print? They
make wonderful gifts).

In Gaiman's Sandman, Shakespeare, envious of Marlowe's talent, bargains
with the eponymous Lord of Dreams for his.  The price is two plays, one
at the beginning, one at the end of his career.  Along the way he will
also lose Hamnet to the Queen of the Fairies (Titania, of course).  It
is very, very fun stuff, although I agree with Mr. Marx that the
treatment of the Tempest is a little less inspired than that of the
wonderful Dream...  but it is also a little sadder, what with
Shakespeare (metaphorically) breaking his staff, and
"deeper-than-did-ever-plummet-sound," drowning his book.

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From:           Bruce Fenton <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Apr 1998 11:49:49 EDT
Subject: 9.0391  Re: Illustrated Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0391  Re: Illustrated Hamlet

The Neil Gaiman comic book Sandman (by DC Comics) with the Midsummer's
Nights Dream and other Shakespeare references that Steven Marx mention
is outstanding.  I would highly recommend the books to anyone-
particularly to big fans of literature - there are many other references
in the books.  They are available in any comic books store or Barnes and
Noble, Borders etc. in the fantasy section.  The best way to read them
is in the collected form - a graphic novel with about 10 comic books
together and bound- about $15.  Gaiman is the biggest genius since....
well put it this way, he's really good.

-Bruce Fenton
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