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Friday, February 20, 2009

Masterpiece Comics

Assignment: Lance
What would happen if Garfield the Cat met Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus? Or if Beavis and Butt-head were left waiting for Godot? It's hard to imagine. Fortunately, comic-book artist R. Sikoryak has mashed up classical works of literature with comic strips. He writes Masterpiece Comics, but there are other artists and writers who have done this.

In this assignment, consider some past work through this link or this one from the magazine Time Out! New York. Remember to credit whatever source you use (NPR or Time Out! New York) and link to both pages (this page one and this one). Also, do a screen grab of one of the images -- whichever one you like best. You can find more images on Sikoryak's web page, as well as his bio.

In “Dostoyevsky Comics,” Sikoryak has made loner vigilante Bruce Wayne Crime and Punishment’s Raskol (instead of the bat signal, he gets an ax). There's also “Good Ol’ Gregor Brown,” lovable loser Charlie Brown wakes up a cockroach à la Kafka’s The Metamorphosis (Snoopy is the maid).

Link to the Wikipedia page that talks about the real classic for each book. You may use the links ALREADY included on this page to save time.

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