Saturday, June 5, 2010
Comic Book Bard
If you’re in the mood for something fun but literary, check out Comic Book Shakespeare. The series uses quotes from the original plays, paired with contemporary English translations, to tell each story in about 60 pages. I read MacBeth, and found the use of quotes very effective—the comic book preserves the play’s most potent sections and all the characters emerge well developed, particularly Lady MacBeth. The series is meant for students, with the contemporary translations making the play accessible to younger children, while the pairing of the contemporary translations with the original text and graphic images could prove useful to older student struggling to understand or to enjoy Shakespeare’s plays.