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Wittenberg Presents Public Lecture About Critically Acclaimed Graphic Novel Oct. 18

October 12, 2012  
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The Epic of Gilgamesh by Kent and Kevin Dixon is included in the critically acclaimed Graphic Canon.

Springfield, OhioThe Graphic Canon is a work that spans thousands of years and the entire globe through graphic art translations of many of the most famous pieces of literature. Russ Kick, the editor and publisher of this critically acclaimed compendium of the literary canon, will speak about the Graphic Canon project at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Ness Auditorium in Hollenbeck Hall.

Kick’s presentation is titled “Classic Comics: The Graphic Canon Colloquium.” It is free and open to the public, thanks to support from the Anne Barry Hudson Fund, the Faculty Endowment Fund and the Departments of English, Communication and Art.

The Graphic Canon is a three-volume, 1,500-page collection published by Seven Stories Press. It includes excerpts from 187 poems, novels and plays rendered into graphic form by more than 130 artists, including Kent and Kevin Dixon, who collaborated on a translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh, which serves as the first segment of the publication.

The Graphic Canon, Vol. 1 opens with From Gilgamesh through Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons, an episode from Kevin Dixon’s self-published comic series adapting the entire epic. The text is supplied by his father, Kent Dixon, professor of English at Wittenberg, who describes it as “a rendition, which is a translation made from other translations and not from the original.”

One of Kevin Dixon’s panel illustrations also appears on the cover of the first volume of The Graphic Canon.

Kick has authored the best-selling anthologies You Are Being Lied To and Everything You Know is Wrong, which have sold more than 500,000 copies. The New York Times has dubbed Kick “an information archaeologist,” and Utne Reader named him one of its “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

Professor of English Kent Dixon

Kent Dixon has published in all genres but mostly fiction. He is the winner of numerous awards and honors, including honorable mention in Best American Short Stories and a Notable Essays listing in Best American Essays: 1997. He has received three Pushcart nominations, and he has been a repeated finalist and semifinalist in notable competitions (Iowa Short Fiction, Sarabande, Midwest Quarterly). He has done translations of Baulelaire and Mallarmé, Rilke and Sappho online.

Kevin Dixon is a cartoonist who has converted the world’s oldest epic from cuneiform to comics. He is also responsible for the autobiographical series …And There Was Rock. With collaborator Eric Knisley he produced Tales of the Sinister Harvey, Mikey Death and the Winds of Impotence, and the Xeric Award-winning Flavor Contra Comix and Stories.

In addition to the colloquium, students are invited to take part in a master class in graphic novel design taught by Kevin Dixon. The class will take place at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 in Koch Hall, room 202.

Written By: Ryan Maurer

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