Monday, February 4, 2013

Graphic Novel; how about Graphic Epic?


What would you all think of a "graphic epic"?

That is, an illustrated verse narrative?

Do you read graphic novels?


That sort of thing?

What if the words sounded as good as the story read?

What if it also were presented in not only a static format but also like a "motion book" a la Reading Rainbow?

If you're reading this, I'd love some commentary. Don't just think it, type it!


stu said...


I read graphic novels from time to time. The graphic novel version of the 9-11 commission report was unexpectedly brilliant, the R. Crumb depiction of Genesis unforgettable.

I can easily see a place for a graphic epic. Indeed, a graphic version of the Iliad seems like an obvious thing to do — certainly, if it was done as well as Miller's 300, I'd gladly buy it.

G. M. Palmer said...

What about a new story?

Also: graphic novel of 9/11 commission? Awesome.

stu said...


A new story would be welcome, too. I didn't mean to rule that out. My suggestion of the Iliad has more to do with my notions of incremental development.

Here's a pointer to the 9-11 graphic novel:

The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation [Paperback].

I recommend it. It's not as good as "Making Comics," but it's better than the Batman graphic novels. IMNSHO.

Matt Cox said...

I've wanted to read an epic poem about the Revolutionary Generation: Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Paine, Henry, Hamilton, et al since forever. A Graphic Epic may be even better.