Masterpiece Comics (Hardcover)
|Author: R. Sikoryak|
From the Publisher:
Parodying classic works of literature in the style of vintage comics, a whimsical anthology includes "Blond Eve," in which Dagwood and Blondie are ejected from Eden; Dorian Gray reimagined as a foppish Winsor McCay character; and a chain-smoking Golden Age Superman. 10,000 first printing.
HILARIOUS PARODIES OF CLASSIC LITERATURE REIMAGINED WITH CLASSIC COMICS||Masterpiece Comics adapts a variety of classic literary works with the most iconic visual idioms of twentieth-century comics. Dense with exclamation marks and lurid colors, R. Sikoryak's parodies remind us of the sensational excesses of the canon, or, if you prefer, of the economical expressiveness of classic comics from Batman to Garfield. In "Blond Eve,? Dagwood and Blondie are ejected from the Garden of Eden into their archetypal suburban home; Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray is reimagined as a foppish Little Nemo; and Camus's Stranger becomes a brooding, chain-smoking Golden Age Superman. Other source material includes Dante, Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, bubblegum wrappers, superhero comics, kid cartoons, and more. ||Sikoryak's classics have appeared in landmark anthologies such as RAW and Drawn & Quarterly, all of which are collected in Masterpiece Comics, along with brilliant new graphic literary satires. His drawings have appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as well as in The New Yorker, The Onion, Mad, and Nickelodeon Magazine.
R. Sikoryak is a master of parody--in an immediate, superficial, stylistic way and in a deeper, getting-at-the-heart-of-things way. In this collection of 14 pieces, Sikoryak riffs in equal parts on classics of the literary canon and classics of the Sunday comics. Whether mashing up Charlie Brown and Kafka (makes total sense, right?!), Superman and Camus, or Garfield and DOCTOR FAUSTUS--Sikoryak hits all the right notes. He grasps the storytelling styles and tones of both medium and masterfully harnesses the visual style of the strips. Witty, entertaining, and thought-provoking--this is a good book.