Clas­sic literature comic books at Manila In­ter­na­tional Book Fair

The Philippine Star - - SUNDAY LIFESTYLE - The MIBF runs from Sept. 16-20 at the SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, Seashell Drive, Mall of Asia Com­plex, Pasay City. MIBF is or­ga­nized by Prime­trade Asia, Inc. in part­ner­ship with Asian Catholic Com­mu­ni­ca­tors, Inc., Book De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pin

The Manila In­ter­na­tional Book Fair will be car­ry­ing a se­lec­tion of clas­sic literature turned into beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated comic books, from Ray Brad­bury’s Fahren­heit 451 to Wil­liam Shake­speare’s Mac­beth.

Fahren­heit 451: The Au­tho­rized Adap­ta­tion (By Ray Brad­bury; adapted by: Tim Hamil­ton) – Tim Hamil­ton’s il­lus­tra­tion of the book’s dystopic uni­verse us­ing very gritty, and psy­che­delic art styles is dark and dis­turb­ing, mak­ing the book’s uni­verse al­most tan­gi­ble. The color pal­ette used high­lights the cul­tur­ally muted so­cial land­scape in which the story was set.

City of Glass ( By Paul Auster; adapted by: Paul Karasik and David Maz­zuc­chelli) – This adap­ta­tion makes per­fect use of min­i­mal­ist art us­ing a sim­ple black and white pal­ette. Rather than be­com­ing dull, the black and white gives the book a nour­ish feel that is per­fect for Paul Auster’s philo­soph­i­cal de­tec­tive story.

Meta­mor­pho­sis ( By Franz Kafka; adapted by: Peter Ku­per) – Peter Ku­per il­lus­trates this story of trans­for­ma­tion through the use of old-style car­toon type art. The ex­ag­ger­ated black and white art style gives the story a bold boost.

I Am Leg­end (By Richard Mathe­son; adapted by: Steve Niles and El­man Brown) – Bet­ter than the Will Smith movie adap­ta­tion, this comic book adap­ta­tion by Steve Niles and El­man Brown was able to show what the movies could not. The art uses a scratchy and wood-cut style but proves to be a very ef­fi­cient in set­ting the mood for the story of the last man on earth.

Di­vine Com­edy (By Dante Alighieri; adapted by: Seymour Ch­was) – The artist em­ploys a sim­ple black and white art style but gives the char­ac­ters, Dante and Vir­gil, a mod­ern twist. Dante sports a trench coat and sun­glasses, while Vir­gil wears a fe­dora and spec­ta­tor shoes as they as­cend to Heaven, de­scend to Hell, and go through Pur­ga­tory.

King Lear (By Wil­liam Shake­speare; adapted by: Ian Pol­lock) – Stu­dents will no longer sur­ren­der try­ing to un­der­stand Shake­speare’s words when Ian Pol­lock’s il­lus­tra­tion make it look like Tim Bur­ton was the art di­rec­tor of the comic book. The adap­ta­tion em­ploys a col­or­ful and fan­tas­ti­cal child­ish art that is very en­joy­able to look at. Pride & Prej­u­dice (By Jane Austen; adapted by: Marvel) – Part of the many Marvel clas­sics in their se­ries, the adapted Pride & Prej­u­dice is taste­fully abridged to fit a graphic novel for­mat. Il­lus­trated by fan-fa­vorite Hugo Petrus, the art of the comic books stays true to the de­scrip­tions in the book. The col­ors and art style also greatly com­ple­ment the story.

Clas­sic literature-turned-comic-books at the Manila In­ter­na­tional Book Fair

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