After three years of studying comics in the context of completing my master’s degree in Art History, it’s gratifying to see that my own comics have themselves now occasionally become the object of academic interest. Last week at a conference in Hildesheim, Germany, on the subject of “The Translation and Adaptation of Comics,” Dr. Rike Bolte of the University of Osnabrück gave a presentation focusing on my adaptation of the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud, and in particular my interpretation of his poem “Sensations.” http://julianpeterscomics.com/sensations-by-arthur-rimbaud/
Conference summary here: http://650centplague.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/conference-report-the-translation-and-adaptation-of-comics-hildesheim-31-oct-2-nov-2014/
While I gather Dr. Bolte was not terribly well-disposed towards my approach in her presentation, I’m still very flattered that my comics have now become, in some small way, a subject for academic discussion, or perhaps even (dare I dream?) for academic condemnation.
Once again this year, I’ll be aggressively hawking my wares at Expozine, one of North America’s largest independent press fairs. http://expozine.ca/en/ The fair takes place this weekend, Saturday November 15 and Sunday November 16, in the densely aromatic basement of the Église Saint-Enfant-Jésus-du-Mile End in Montreal. I will be there on the SUNDAY ONLY, from 12:00 to 6:00, with 9 different zines for sale: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Annabel Lee, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, The Drunken Boat, When You Are Old, Sweet Child O’Mine and Émile Nelligan vers l’abime du reve, La chanson de Jean Berger and Witch-Wife by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Hope to see you there!
Last August, I gave an interview to the Indian independent arts and culture magazine Eyezine. Now the people at Eyezine are organizing a feminist convention, titled “Hysteria”, to be held in Kolkata in January of 2015. A woman is raped every 32 minutes in India, and once almost every hour a woman there is murdered. Something has to be done about this grotesque state of affairs, and this conference aimed at promoting gender tolerance and identifying gender discrimination seems like an important step towards effecting change.
The three-day convention is to be completely crowdfunded. Please take a moment to watch and then share Eyezine’s video promoting the conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ9XpQzHz2M&noredirect=1
and please consider donating to this extremely worthy cause here:
I’m pleased to announce that I am now putting the finishing touches on the pencil versions of 4 new pages of my adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” and am about to begin inking. This upcoming section begins with the stanza containing the immortal lines “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons” and ends with Prufrock’s envisioning of himself as “a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floors of silent seas.” Stay tuned!
My adaptation of John Philip Johnson’s wonderful poem “Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town” appears today on the site of Rattle, one of the largest poetry magazines in the world: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/stairs-appear-in-a-hole-outside-of-town-by-john-philip-johnson-and-julian-peters/
As I mentioned in the previous post, there is an ongoing Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the publication of an anthology of graphic adaptations of Johnson’s poems. Please consider making a donation. Even just a couple of dollars will entitle you to a free digital copy. $7 will get you a paper copy, and possibly more! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1528463848/stairs-appear-in-a-hole-outside-of-town
I am presently collaborating on a collection of graphic adaptations of the poetry of John Philip Johnson, entitled “Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town.”Johnson is, in my opinion, one of the finest poets working in English today, brilliantly and unusually combining paranormal and sci-fi thematics with an understated, finely calibrated lyricism. Contributing to the illustrations is an impressive roster of talent, including Marvel comics legend Bob Hall. As for myself, in addition to illustrating the project’s titular poem, I am also designing the cover of the collection, which is to be printed in the format of a classic American comic book.
A Kickstarter campaign has recently been set up to finance the production of this grounbreaking hybrid comic/poetry book. The campaign is off to a great start, having already met its initial goal of $500, but the more money we raise, the more copies we can print up and distribute. Please click on the link on the link below for more information about the project and about donating to the campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1528463848/stairs-appear-in-a-hole-outside-of-town