We know what we are, but know not what we may be

One of the joys of working in a libreria is getting to browse all of the up-and-coming books that are hitting the stores. The Bookseller had a special issue this week about graphic novels and manga. I’m intrigued by the concept of graphic novels; the artistry, story telling, social implications, etc. Anyway, all of this is to say that I stumbled across:

Yep, Shakespeare is going manga. This particular publisher is selfmadehero. But you can also find the bard done in “comic book treatment” with original text “stiffen the senews, summon up the blood, disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage, then lend the eye a terrible aspect”, or plain text “we must tighten our muscles, stir up our blood and hide our chivalry behind faces of rage. We must give our eyes a terrifying look” and my favorite, quick text “get a fierce look in your eyes.” Available through Classical Comics.

Oh yes, the times are a’changin, but I think ol’will would have to be pleased.

8 responses to “We know what we are, but know not what we may be

  1. If you like cartoon books, definitely check out Watchmen. It’s really awesome, even for a cartoon book. I hope Shannon is reading this comment.

    Cartoon book.

  2. I don’t think Shannon reads my blog. But yeah, just saying cartoon book would probably put him on the edge again.
    Do you know if there is a cartoon book about Lloyd Dobler?

  3. Do you think the message is the same in a cartoon Romeo and Juliet? I did not like that story, and frankly missed the point. Most of my friends saw it as a love story. I thought the entire cast needed severe psychiatric sessions. Interfering father, irrational daughter, and hot headed lover. Why didn’t they jump on the back of a chariot and leave town. But then it wouldn’t be Shakespeare!

  4. Lloyd Dobler? Me thinks you are blog-baiting.

  5. Would I do a thing like that? Interestingly enough though, someone found my site by looking for blood textures . . . um, yeah, don’t know how that happened.

  6. Um, what is “blog-baiting”? (yes, I am clueless)

  7. On Justin’s site one day Shelby pointed out that a lot of hits she gets are people searching for Lloyd Dobbler (John Cusack’s character in a movie). At that point, lots of Lloyd Dobbler was mentioned so that other hits would occur on Justin’s blog. So, I think that blog baiting is more like hit baiting by putting in popular names of search items. This really is like an info professional’s wet dream.
    And no, you’re not clueless, you just have a life outside of the blogoshere. How’s the other Florence?

  8. The other Florence is not at all like Italy…the Italian wino (Ferdinand Sannoner) who founded this place must have really been tying one on the day he named it.

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