Masterpiece Comics
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Masterpiece 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.

Title:Masterpiece Comics
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:64 pages

    Masterpiece Comics Reviews

  • Mitchell Hahn-Branson
    May 20, 2012

    This is a book of short comics depicting stories from classic literature written and drawn in the style of familiar comic strips and comic books, usually with characters from the comics playing the ro...

  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    Sep 23, 2016

    If you like comics and classic literature this book will make you laugh. ...

  • Mike Jensen
    Sep 08, 2010

    For over a century pop culture writers have taken classic stories and changed them just enough so that audiences and readers could not recognize that they were swiped from Homer, Shakespeare, and Dick...

  • Desiree Koh
    Jan 20, 2010

    What a delight, what a lark! Being a Victorian literature geek and a comic book nerd, how much fun was it to read some of my favorite works interpreted as pulp and classic strips? My favorite was The ...

  • Andrew
    Nov 06, 2009

    "Doing classic literature as comics so kids will understand it, man" is as old as the comics medium, so it's fun for someone like Sikoryak to come along and do the whole thing with a wink and a nudge....

  • Steve
    Jun 06, 2013

    Classic literature told through the guise of classic comic strips: Kafka's Metamorphosis by way of Peanuts: Scarlet Letter by way of Little Lulu; Macbeth by way of Mary Worth; Dante's Inferno through ...

  • Jeffrey
    Oct 03, 2009

    A great collection of comics by Sikoryak, and a must have if you didn't read the strips when they were being printed in places like Raw. Brilliant in that they don't adapt the classics, but rather com...

  • James
    Jun 09, 2015

    A friend informed me of the existence of this work and I must thank him heartily. The work has several fine details going for it, including art which gloriously mimics and parodies the work of Jim Dav...

  • Bruce
    Apr 25, 2010

    I have nothing to add to the publisher's synopsis by way of review, save that I would substitute "clever mashups" for "hilarious parody." As implied by the publisher, Sikoryak is a gifted visual mimic...

  • Erik Graff
    Dec 23, 2009

    My Dad lives in East Dundee, Illinois, right along the Fox River, and I spent most of elementary school nearby, just north of the Meadowdale Shopping Center, back when the family couldn't afford anyth...