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Review of Graphic Classics: H.G. Wells

from Booklist, January 2014,
review by Jese Karp
“Unlike most of the other volumes in Eureka’s visually arresting and diverse Graphic Classics series, this installment, focused on the father of modern science fiction, concentrates on four longer stories rather than a more wide-ranging sampling of tales. The more involved treatments, practically a necessity, given Wells’ canon, make for a dense and very satisfying experience and benefit from the use of a variety of styles. An atmospheric and fairly ferocious take on The Time Machine; a stylized but jittery adaptation of The
Invisible Man; an elegant and somewhat lighter retelling of The Inexperienced Ghost; a realistic and expressive look at The Island of Dr. Moreau—all preserve much of Wells’ language and take full
advantage of the medium to highlight the drama. Young readers suspicious of what they might consider less “sophisticated” science fiction may be pleasantly surprised at the primacy and timelessness of Wells’ ideas and the insight into human nature lurking beneath the surface. Two shorter adaptations, The Star and A Meeting of the Minds, round out the collection.”

Recent review of
African-American Classics

from The Crisis, Winter 2013,
review by Rion Amilcar Scott
“I'm always wary when novels and short stories are adapted to visual mediums. African-American Classics, however, is an example of the best of what visual adaptation is capable of. The often strong images act as both counterpoint and complement to the text, in some cases creating something greater than the original story.”

Recent reviews of
Native American Classics

from Comics Alternative,
Dec 2012, review by Derek Royal
“Once again Graphic Classics demonstrates the art of comics adaptation with its new collection, Native American Classics.  Pulling from a rich tradition of fiction, poetry, and oral narrative, and illustrated by a who’s who of Native American creators, this twenty-fourth volume of the series sets the standard for comics and its engagement with American ethnic identity.”

from Comics Bulletin, May 2013, review by Zack Davisson
“As important as the book is -- and I think this might be the first of its kind -- it is full of recrimination and bitterness. For the most part, these are not happy stories; don't expect light-hearted japes of Coyote and Raven. These are the stories of a vanishing people seeing their land and culture taken from them by force by a people who preached a loving God with one hand and practiced murder with the other. 
It's hard not to read these stories -- actual stories written between 1850-1914, by people who lived through what they are writing -- and not feel some sense of guilt. Even with that burden, I love that Pomplun made Native American Classics. It's the kind of book that should be available in every school library across America. (Actually all of his Graphic Classics books should be, but that's another issue).”

from Off the Shelf, May 2013
“Native American Classics in the Graphic Classics series is actually a collection of several historic tales and poems about Native Americans.  Some were written in the 19th century and some in the early 20th century, and all by indigenous American writers. The graphic art in this collection brings these timeless stories of loss, betrayal and change alive. There are ten different illustrators of Native American heritage, each with a distinctive style ranging from the "cartooney" of old children's comics to a more picture book illustration style. I could tell that the artists connected with these writers from the past and that they deeply feel the experience of their ancestors. Some of the stories have heart wrenching endings, some are sweet, some funny and some hopeful. Take a look at this graphic novel if you went to get new insight into America, past and present.”

from Comic Book Resources, March 2013,
review by Greg Hatcher
“Native American Classics is another terrific collection from Tom Pomplun and the folks over at Graphic Classics. This one’s definitely breaking new ground, as I don’t believe anyone’s ever given these stories the Classics Illustrated treatment before. The art, as always, is a splendid array of talent, featuring well-known comics artists like Tim Truman and Terry Laban alongside newer folks like Weshoyot Alvitre and Jay Odjick. Every effort has been made to see to it that it’s actual Native American folks working on the stories wherever possible – both writers and artists. That’s a nice touch.”

from Comic Book Bin,
March 2013, review by Andy Frisk
“The most beautiful collection of Native American religious myths, stories, and illustrated poetry ever collected in sequential art form.”

from The Jersey Journal,
March 2013,
review by William Kulesa
“It is important that stories like these, which may make later generations look with greater compassion and understanding on history and possibly their own actions, are kept alive. Contained with 'Native American Classics' are stories that condemn and celebrate the history of the various people that lived on this continent and they are all stories worth reading. Regardless of how they may make you feel.”

from Ragazine, March 2013,
review by Alan Britt
“One of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time, Native American Classics, is already on my gift list, along with several other books in the unique Graphics Classics series. Suffice it to say that the reproduction of texts and illustrations in this book are vibrant and colorful. This beautifully printed and bound book is highly recommended for personal pleasure as well as gifts for adults, plus sons, daughters, nephews and nieces who love to be educated and entertained at the same time.”

from Coffee Spew,
Feb 2013, review by Bob Wake
“A good deal of the excitement readers will undoubtedly share upon cracking open Native American Classics is the sense of experiencing early writers at the front lines of what was and remains literally a clash of civilizations. For example, ‘The Soft-Hearted Sioux’, by Zitkala-Sa, tells of a young man with Bible in hand returning to his tribe after graduating from a missionary school. His naive attempt at proselytizing to save the soul of his dying father leads to a rite of passage that turns the biblical tale of the Prodigal Son on its head and ends with the kind of multicultural ambiguity that would do even the most hardened postmodernist proud. It’s one of the highlights of an anthology chockablock with highlights both literary and artistic.”

from Comics Alternative,
Dec 2012, review by Derek Royal
“Once again Graphic Classics demonstrates the art of comics adaptation with its new collection, Native American Classics.  Pulling from a rich tradition of fiction, poetry, and oral narrative, and illustrated by a who’s who of Native American creators, this twenty-fourth volume of the series sets the standard for comics and its engagement with American ethnic identity.”





What’s Happening at Graphic Classics —

June 2014


New this mont is a unique entry in the GC series, Canine/Feline Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 25. This two-in-one book is half dog-themed stories, and half cat-themed stories. Included are stories by Ray Bradbury, P.G. Wodehouse, Robert J. Burdette, James Anthony Froude, O. Henry, Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Franz Kafka, Saki, Joe R. Lansdale, Joseph Jacobs and Robert E. Howard. Plus a traditional Indian tale and poems by Carl Sandburg, Edward Lear, Oliver Goldsmith, H.P. Lovecraft and guest editor John Lehman. The two covers are by Toni Pawlowsky.

illustrations ©2013 Milton Knight

Artists for the book include John Findley, Shary Flenniken, Randy DuBurke, Shepherd Hendrix, Evert Geradts, Neale Blanden, Johnny Ryan, Dragan Kovacevic, Jeff Bonivert, Jim McMunn, Hunt Emerson, Senthil Kumar, Milton Knight, Vincent Stall, Lisa K. Weber, Mary Fleener, Lance Tooks, Skot Olsen, Pat Lewis, Allen Koszowski, and Peter Kuper.


Next up, for May 2015 is Vampire Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 26. This book, with famed horror writer Mort Castle as co-editor, will feature an adaptation of the 1922 silent film Nosferatu, by Tim Lasiuta and Craig Wilson. Plus stories by Bram Stoker, Ray Bradbury, Robert E. Howard, H.G. Wells and Robert Louis Stevenson. With art by Rick Geary, Tim Truman, Mark Nelson, Gerry Alanguilan, Shepherd Hendrix and Jeremy Love.


Diamond Comics Distributors, the largest distributor of comics and graphic novels in the world (including Graphic Classics®) has released their list of recommended titles for inclusion in the American Library Association's Common Core Standards curricula. Among the 101 featured titles are 22 Graphic Classics volumes.

The Common Core concerns basic standards in learning for all schools in the US, and a curriculum based on materials that fit those standards and topics. Common Core guidelines call for “non-traditional media," including graphic novels.


Please check out our Special Offers page, featuring rare out-of-print and foreign language editions of Graphic Classics.


Our collection of e-texts of the original stories from which Graphic Classics are adapted continues to grow. The collection will eventually encompass all GC stories and poems in the public domain.


The Graphic Classics Catalog, with two free comics adaptations, is still available for online viewing or downloading in PDF format. Click for details.