Masterpiece Comics: Looking at Literature through the Cartoon Medium

On Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7pm in the Great Room, Robert Sikoryak, a freelance writer and illustrator renowned for his comic adaptations of literary classics, presents a slide show that explores the intersections of “high art” literature and “low art” comic strips.

Through the last century, many cartoonists have adapted classic novels and plays. Sikoryak discusses the history of these reinterpretations, with images from over ninety years of comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels. They are, by turns, respectful, hilarious, and revelatory. Some of the most famous attempts were made in the 1940s Classics Illustrated series, but there have been many inventive and exhilarating comics adaptations published over the years.

These show the wide range of visual styles and narrative strategies employed by cartoonists when they collaborate with a great author. In short, the comic strip is a flexible and enlightening medium for reinterpreting great books.

This event is sponsored by Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus and is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program.

It is free and open to the public. Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground parking garage accessible via First Street.

For more information, contact SUNY Orange – Newburgh Cultural Affairs at (845) 431-9386