The new section of my comics adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is almost done and ready to go! I’ll be posting one page every week beginning immediately after Christmas, and I hope to begin work on the next section soon afterwards. I grow old, I grow old, time to get this finished!
The first run of Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town: Graphic Poetry, a collection of comics adaptations of the poems of John Philip Johnson, has now been printed, and is being shipped out to all those who pre-ordered it. For more information on this groundbreaking collection, and to order a copy (for the eminently reasonable price of $4.99), go to John Philip Johnson’s website at http://www.johnphilipjohnson.com/
If you’d like to hear a reading of “Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town” the titular poem that I illustrated for the collection, click to this link to the website of Rattle magazine: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/tag/graphic-poetry/ The delivery is spot on, I find, and it’s fun to listen to while following along with the images.
(The cover of the collection, shown here, was drawn by me and colourized by the brilliant Maryse Daniel)
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign to publish “Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town: Graphic Poetry”, written by John Philip Johnson and illustrated by various artists, including yours truly. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1528463848/stairs-appear-in-a-hole-outside-of-town
The campaign has now ended. Over the past month, thanks to you, we not only doubled, nor only tripled, nor even only quadrupled, but rather more than quintupled our original fundraising goal of $500, reaching $2,625! Copies of the graphic poetry book should be ready very soon. For more information, and to order a copy, go to John Philip Johnson’s website: http://www.johnphilipjohnson.com/
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!