The collision of literature and comics art…
Perhaps the best-known poem among the comics literati is Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, the centuries-old sonnet that wasn’t just a theme in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen — it was pretty much the entire point.
In fact, if you’d read the poem before you read Watchmen, chances are you’d imagine a gigantic neon sign over Adrian Veidt’s head that said, “DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN.”
Shelley’s sonnet is getting another bit of attention among comics fans this week in the new Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry, by Julian Peters — out now from Plough Publishing House.
Peters takes some of the world’s greatest poems and lays them out as miniature graphic novels.
Dig this SNEAK PEEK — featuring a different approach to Ozymandias than Moore and Gibbons’, yet one that very much makes the same stark point about the devastating cost of hubris:
Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry, by Julian Peters, is out now. It runs 168 pages and is listed for $24.
— The WATCHMEN Page That Gibbons and Moore Gave to Neil Gaiman. Click here.
— INSIDE LOOK at the WATCHMEN COMPANION. Click here.