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Re: Comic Book Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0624  Monday, 4 March 2002

[1]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Friday, 1 Mar 2002 12:27:07 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0614  Comic Book Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Friday, 1 Mar 2002 12:27:09 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare

[3]     From    Clinton Atchley <
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        Date:   Friday, 1 Mar 2002 11:55:00 -0600
        Sub:    RE: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare

[4]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Friday, 01 Mar 2002 09:58:33 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare

[5]     From:   Mary-Anne King <
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        Date:   Friday, 01 Mar 2002 10:31:12 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare

[6]     From:   Carl Fortunato <
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        Date:   Friday, 1 Mar 2002 13:52:40 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare

[7]     From:   Laura Blankenship <
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        Date:   Friday, 01 Mar 2002 15:46:22 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare

[8]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Monday, March 04, 2002
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare


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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Friday, 1 Mar 2002 12:27:07 -0500
Subject: 13.0614  Comic Book Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0614  Comic Book Shakespeare

> I remember seeing
> a *Macbeth* (complete text) in this form a number of years ago, but I'm
> at a loss to know whether it's still in print or whether any other plays
> have been published in this mode

This series is from Longman Press and illustrated by artists Von, Ian
Pollock, and Oscar Zarate.  There's an Othello, Macbeth and a King
Lear.  We just added them to our catalogue.  There's also a Tempest
rewrite in Neil Gaiman's Sandman comic book series, which we haven't
picked up yet.

Tanya Gough
Poor Yorick
www.bardcentral.com

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Friday, 1 Mar 2002 12:27:09 -0500
Subject: 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare

For Shakespeare in comics, see the co-authored essay by Josh Heuman and
myself in Shakespeare After Mass Media, ed. R. Burt.  Along with the Von
Macbeth are three other full text comic versions.

I think only the King Lear remains in print.

All three classics comics versions can be ordered used online.

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From            Clinton Atchley <
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Date:           Friday, 1 Mar 2002 11:55:00 -0600
Subject: 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare

Several Shakespeare plays appeared in the old *Classics Illustrated*
series which may or may not be the "comic book Shakespeare" referenced.
I know Hamlet, Macbeth, MND were published there as I have copies of
these.  I'm not sure what else, but I can dig mine out and look if
anyone is interested.  I'd check e-bay.

Clinton Atchley
Henderson State University

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Friday, 01 Mar 2002 09:58:33 -0800
Subject: 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare

John,

There were four Shakespeare comics published in the U.S. by Workman.
Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and King Lear.  Additionally,
Twelfth Night was published in the U. K..  It was illustrated by John H.
Howard and published by Oval Projects Limited, a division of Sidgwick &
Jackson Limited in 1985.  They also published an edition of Oedipus Rex,
which I no longer have, so I can't give you the date.

They announced comic editions of Tempest, Merchant, Shrew, MND, and
Hamlet, but I have not seen them, and suspect they were not published.

They are o.p. in the U.S.  I don't know about the U.K.

Sorry to all for not using the e-mail form of *quotation marks* on the
titles above.  With so many it looked confusing to me, so I deleted
them.

Mike Jensen

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From:           Mary-Anne King <
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Date:           Friday, 01 Mar 2002 10:31:12 -0800
Subject: 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare

You are talking about "Classic Comic Books". They are out of print, but
if you go to a comic book store they will undoubtedly have some or know
where you can get them.

They're how I got into Shakespeare. The scenes of Lady Macbeth sleep
walking left a big impression on me as a kid.

Good Luck,
mak

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From:           Carl Fortunato <
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Date:           Friday, 1 Mar 2002 13:52:40 EST
Subject: 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare

>A friend asks if anyone knows the complete bibliography of the "comic
>book Shakespeare" and whether they're still in print.  I remember seeing
>a *Macbeth* (complete text) in this form a number of years ago, but I'm
>at a loss to know whether it's still in print or whether any other plays
>have been published in this mode.  I told my friend I would ask
>SHAKSPER, confident that someone out there has the answer.

>     John Cox
>     Hope College

There was also a Romeo & Juliet, which I can probably still find
somewhere on my shelves if I look.  Don't know about the rest, though.

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Date:           Friday, 01 Mar 2002 15:46:22 -0500
Subject: 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare

I'm certain they're still in print, but I don't know the complete
bibliography as I gave the one I purchased away.  I found mine at a
large Borders store.  Have you tried online?

Yours,
Laura Blankenship

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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Monday, March 04, 2002
Subject: 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0614 Comic Book Shakespeare

John,

I purchased my copies of the three Workman plays - Othello, King Lear,
and Macbeth - at the Folger Library Bookstore years ago. I was
interested to learn of the UK published Romeo and Juliet that Mike
Jensen and perhaps Carl Fortunato refer to above.

Over the weekend, I somewhat fortuitously found an electronic, full-text
comic of Hamlet that appears to be being published incrementally.

I found the comic at Unbound Comics thorough the Bookstore link of the
Adobe eBook Reader; you may also find Unbound online at
http://www.unboundcomics.com/

Here is some of the advertising fluff from the site:

"Unbound Comics seeks out the best comic books around - from
out-of-print classics to never-before-seen work by new talents - and
makes them available in e-book editions."

"They cost almost about half as much as a paper edition, can be
downloaded in minutes, and are read in the free Adobe Acrobat eBook
Reader."

Hamlet: Issue #1
by
Aaron Thacker
Ben Templesmith
25 pages | 3.61MB
$1.50

"The king is dead. And Prince Hamlet must abandon his studies in
Wittenberg for a destiny he never wanted: to avenge the King's death and
take his place on the throne. This unprecedented comic book staging
presents the complete text of Shakespeare's play."

All of this can also be found online at
http://www.unboundcomics.com/title.asp?titleid=1 with a PopUp image at
http://www.unboundcomics.com/PopUpDisplay.asp?Image=HamletIs1.jpg

After reading Mike's Note, I thought this Hamlet might have been the
promised Hamlet from Oval Projects Limited. However, upon further
investigation I found this: "Aaron Thacker was born toward the end of
the longest night Minnesota had to offer in 1973. He graduated from
Indiana University in 1996 with a BA in English and from UCLA in 2001
with an MA in Comparative Literature. A long-time fan of both comic
books and Shakespare [sic], he began work in 1999 on a comic book
staging of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. His efforts to create a
self-publishing approach to Hamlet led him to form Unbound Comics in
early 2000."

By the way, there are Shakespeare echoes throughout the entire Neil
Gaiman Sandman series with two volumes dedicated entirely to
Shakespeare, the Midsummer Night's Dream that Tanya mentions and a
Tempest.

Finally, I almost wish the Classic Comics editions had not been
mentioned because I now feel compelled to try to track them down.

Hardy

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