719Re: [arthurian_comixlist] Arthurian comics for school lessons
- Mar 7, 2006This is a tough one.
Perhaps the biggest problem is accessibility -- even if you are able
to find comics that are close to the sources you mention, good luck
finding enough copies of the comic to give out to your class! While
there have been trade collections of comics which use vintage
translations of Beowulf ("Beowulf," Gareth Hinds writer & artist) and
the Song of Roland ("Roland: Days of Wrath", Shayne L. Amaya writer,
Fabio Moon, artist) as the only text for the book, I can't think of
an equivalent Arthurian comic. Caliber's "Legends of Camelot" effort
produced stories based on particular episodes -- Gereint and Enid,
the finding of Excalibur -- but nothing as canonical as the "birth of
Arthur" story from Geoffrey or Chretien's Knight of the Cart. "Prince
Valiant" is relatively easy to get -- it has been collected and
published in folio-size editions from Fantagraphics -- but that story
(while true to the spirit of the Arthurian legends, and well
researched) is a "medievalism" rather than medieval lit.
Since you seem to still be looking for options, I might recommend an
approach that uses a highly illustrated prose edition rather than a
comic, such as one with Howard Pyle's justly famed illustrations.
Pyle's work is in the public domain by now, which has the added
advantage of making your book inexpensive. This would be Mallory,
however, or a Mallory redaction, rather than Geoffrey or Chretien.
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