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Masterpiece Comics (Hardcover)

Author:  R. Sikoryak
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1897299842
ISBN-13: 9781897299845
Sku: 211410476
Publish Date: 9/1/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 12.5H x 9L x 0.5T
Pages:  65
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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.


"MASTERPIECE COMICS is an impressively diverse collection of Sikoryak's clever, distinctive and ultimately illuminating work; it reads like the assigned textbook for the coolest Great Books survey course of all time." - Glen Weldon 09/03/2009

"R. Sikoryak's MASTERPIECE COMICS (D&Q) essentially repeats one joke across its 64 pages, but at least it's a good joke....Like the best mash-ups, Sikoryak's mini-masterpieces reveal new interpretations of the work the artist is sampling...." 09/04/2009

"Readers who pick this up for well-deserved laughter will get a bonus with the thoughtful metaphors." (starred review) 07/20/2009

"Even as the more ambitious comics artists are breaking down the barriers between high and low culture, Sikoryak mines the long-standing differences between literary classics and lowbrow comics to telling effect." (starred review) - Gordon Flagg 09/01/2009

"[Sikoryak's] a terrific artist, and his awesome mimicry and maniacal imagination will startle and delight litt'rateurs and fanboys alike." - Richard Pachter 10/27/2009

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