Author Archives: julian peters comics

Video of “Conscientious Objector” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

With Halloween around the corner, here is a suitably eerie video adaptation by Jim Avis of my own comics interpretation of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem “Conscientious Objector” (1934). The poem is read by Natalie Rushing. The original comics adaptation, … Continue reading

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“Not Waving But Drowning” by Stevie Smith in Plough Quarterly

My comics adaptation of one of my all-time favourite poems, Stevie Smith’s “Not Waving But Drowning”(1957) appears today on the Plough.com website. The comic was created last year for inclusion in “Poems to See By,” (published by Plough Publishing in … Continue reading

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The Legend of Le Rocher Panet

The south shore of the St. Lawrence River around Montmagny and l’Islet is in places lacking in topographical variety. There are no cliffs nor steep slopes, but rather grassy beaches burgeoning with wild rice and sedges, murky from the fine … Continue reading

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Two Montreal Views in the Style of Ukiyo-e Prints

Two scenes from near where I live – an alley in Côte-Saint-Paul and a view along the aqueduct in Verdun – rendered in a style that tries to imitate that of the nineteenth-century Japanese ukiyo-e prints by such artists as … Continue reading

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Video of “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats

A beautiful anime-adjacent video interpretation by James Avis of my comics adaptation of William Butler Yeats’s poem “When You Are Old.” The drawings are a homage to the Japanese shojo manga tradition, and particularly to the work of the CLAMP … Continue reading

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Video of “may my heart always be open to little” by e e cummings

A delightful interpretation by Jim Avis of one my poetry comics, this time my adaptation of “may my hear always be open to little” by e e cummings. The original comics adaptation, along with 23 others, can be found in … Continue reading

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Video of “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

A new video interpretation by Jim Davis of my comics adaptation of William Ernest  Henley’s classic poem “Invictus” (1875). Avis has added a surprise flourish to the final drawing, one that I feel is in keeping with Henley’s theme of … Continue reading

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Video of “Somewhere or Other” by Christina Rossetti

A very sensitive video adaptation by Jim Avis of my comics interpretation of Christina Rossetti’s poem “Somewhere or Other.” I find this one makes particularly effective use of Avis’s signature zooming technique. The terrific reading is by “the Wordman” and … Continue reading

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Video of “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden

Another video interpretation by Jim Avis of my comics interpretation of the poem “Those winter Sundays” by the American poet Robert Hayden (who by the way studied under W. H. Auden, who was featured in the last Jim Avis video … Continue reading

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“La Belle Dame Sans Merci – A Tone Poem” by Fletcher Cunniff

A very cool and haunting musical composition by Fletcher Cunniff, inspired by John Keats’s 1819 poem, “la Belle Dame Sans Merci.” The track integrates an old vinyl recording of an exquisitely quavering, Mid-Atlantic-accented reading by the American character actor Theo … Continue reading

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