My first comic in Chinese

Here is the Chinese version of a promotional comic that I drew for the new MA Programme in Comics Studies at the University of East Anglia (the first English-language program of its kind in the world), which is being headed up by my dear friend Frederik Byrn Kohlert. The student in the back row at the bottom of the second page is modelled on Sanmao, a beloved Chinese manhua (comics) character  created  in  1935 by  Zhang  Leping.

A big thank you to historian of Chinese comics Nick Stember for is invaluable feedback in creating the hand-drawn Chinese characters, and for laying out the typeset characters.

 

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Video of “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson

Another video interpretation by Jim Avis of another of my comics adaptations of an Emily Dickinson poem. This time it’s “’Hope’ is the thing with feathers.” The musical accompaniment is by perennialEnglish. My comics adaptation, along with 23 others, can be found in my new book, Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry (Plough Publishing): https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/poetry/poems-to-see-by  

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Video of “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson

 

Another sensitive and ingenious adaptation of one of my poetry comics by Jim Avis. This time it’s the celebrated Emily Dickinson poem, “Because I could not stop for Death.” The reading is by the great Cynthia Nixon. The comics adaptation, along with 23 others, can be found in my new book, Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry (Plough Publishing): https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/poetry/poems-to-see-by  

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“The Trees” by Philip Larkin in Plough Quarterly

Follow this link to read my visual interpretation of Philip Larkin’s poem “The Trees” (written in 1967) in a special Covid-themed issue of Plough Quarterly.

https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/poetry/philip-larkin-the-trees?fbclid=IwAR1MHVtphEFYN9fNur4e_ME0_np2iT6X9gDcgr9gKV5Kdv2IxA5LVNR8LYU

 

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Interview with Amanda LeClaire for “CultureShift” on Detroit’s NPR

Here is a link to the interview I did a couple of weeks ago with Amanda LeClaire for her program “CultureShift” on WDET  101.9FM, Detroit’s National Public Radio station. In the interview we discuss my recently released book, “Poems to see By: A Comic artist Interprets Great Poetry”(Plough Publishing), with a particular focus on my comics adaptation of Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird.” https://wdet.org/posts/2020/05/14/89599-poetry-takes-on-new-life-in-the-comics-of-illustrator-julian-peters/

 

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Video of “The Given Note” by Seamus Heaney

Another video adaptation of one of my poetry comics by Jim Avis. This time it’s Seamus Heaney’s “The Given Note,” with a beautiful understated reading by the poet himself. This adaptation, along with 23 others, can be found in my new book, Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry (Plough Publishing): https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/poetry/poems-to-see-by  

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Video of “The Darkling Thrush” by Thomas Hardy

Another very sensitive video adaptation of one of my poetry comics, by James Avis. This time it’s my comics version of Thomas Hardy’s poem “The Darkling Thrush,” which was written on the 31st of December, 1900, a date considered by many at the time to represent the eve of the new century. This adaptation, along with 23 others, can be found in my new book, Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry (Plough Publishing): https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/poetry/poems-to-see-by  

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Video of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot

Another video adaptation of one of my poetry comics by James Avis. This time it is non other than “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot. I like the subdued simplicity of James’s reading, which, combined with the slow panning shots of the comics illustrations, creates a hypnotic but also strangely reassuring effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2TtFVWCDmI

 

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Conversation with Susan Mulder for the Poet Kind Podcast

Last week I sat down (well, I’m sitting most of the time these days) for a chat with the poet and artist Susan Mulder of the Poet Kind Podcast on the subject of my new book, Poems to See By. You can listen to it here: https://anchor.fm/poetkindpodcast/episodes/Season-4-Episode-7-with-Julian-Peters-ecpi1f

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Video of “The Drunken Boat” by Arthur Rimbaud

Another video adaptation of one of my poetry comics, created by James Avis. This time it’s the comics version of Arthur Rimbaud’s “Le bateau ivre,” which I created nearly a decade ago now. The reading of the poem, in English translation, is by the American actor Michael C. Gwynne. I would definitely adapt this wonderful poem very differently today, but I do feel there are some success elements, mostly in the little details, which James Avis’s video brings out very well. 

 

 

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