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
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
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.
Another video adaptation of one of my poetry comics by James Avis. Here the comics version of Dylan Thomas’s famous villanelle, “Do not go gentle that good night,” is accompanied by a stupendous reading by the Welsh poet himself.
Today (March 31) marks the official release date of my debut book, “Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great poetry.” I’m not sure what a release date means exactly in these strange times, but the book is now available for purchase from Amazon and other sites that offer home book delivery, such as Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books, etc.
Publishing my own book of comics is something I’ve been chasing after in one form or another all my adult life. I want to thank all those readers of this website who have encouraged me throughout the years, strengthening my resolve in those moments where I got to worrying that I might be frittering away my life in pursuit of childish dreams.
Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias” is one of the 24 classic poems in comics form that are included in “Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry,” to be released on March 31 (tomorrow!) by Plough Publishing. It is now available for pre-order on Amazon:
James Avis has been putting together a series of video adaptations of some of my poetry comics, and I will be posting a new one of them here each week. This week’s installment features Oscar Wilde’s atmospheric evocation of a London morning, “Impression du matin,” read by the English actor Sean Barrett.
I really like what this kind of “semi animation” brings to the illustrations. It reminds me, and I mean this as the highest compliment, of the Japanese anime series that I watched as a child, which derived a lot of what I now recognize as their grace and poetry from the use of panning shots and zooms over single beautifully painted images. Unlike full-blown animation, which is really its own thing, this technique feels like in a way like the ultimate amplification of an illustration. It seems to me to bring the illustration a step closer to what H. P. Lovecraft once called “the realisation of that always-beckoning and bitterly-tantalising conception of imaginative infancy– a fairy-tale picture into which one can actually walk.”
I should mention that the style of the drawings here is heavily indebted to that of the great Italian comics artist Dino Battaglia.
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Tagged dino battaglia, h. p. lovecraft, impression du matin, james avis, london, Oscar Wilde, sean barrett
Here’s my chat with John Swiminer on the subject of my upcoming debut book, “Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry,” coming March 31 from Plough Publishing, and now available for pre-order: https://www.amazon.com/Poems-See-Artist-Interprets-Poetry/dp/087486318X
A big thank you to True North Country Comics for once again featuring me on its podcast and for promoting Canadian comics across the nation and beyond!
Julian Peters discusses how poetry and illustration combine in ‘Poems to See By’
William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus” is one of the 24 classic poems in comics form that are included in “Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry,” to be released on March 31 by Plough Publishing. It is now available for pre-order on Amazon:
More videos to come!
The 14th edition of the Ritratti di Poesia (“Portraits of Poetry”) festival, Rome’s premiere annual poetry event, took place on February 21 in the Auditorium della Conciliazione, just a few blocks way from St. Peter’s Square. I was invited to display a number of my original artworks, and to give this interview (in Italian) with festival organizer Vincenzo Mascolo on the subject of illustrating poetry.
All in all I feel as though I acquitted myself quite well in terms of the Italian, although a “true Italian” would never allow the skin to show between his sock and the hem of his pants, as the camera angle so mercilessly reveals.
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Tagged Auditorium della conciliazione, interview, Intervista, Poesia, Poesia illustrata, Ritratti di poesia, Ritratti di poesia 2020, Roma, rome, Vincenzo Mascolo