NPR On ‘Masterpiece Comics” Mashup Radness
One of the arguments comic book readers are pulled into with regrettable regularity is whether or not the medium is an art form, and if so, is it “high art” or “low art?” Fortunately for fans of sequential art, NPR cites one creator working to distract from the debate completely with witty mashups that force readers to confront the joy that comes from churning classic literature with pop culture.
The “Masterpiece Comics” of R. Sikoryak set classic literature on a collision course with comic strips from our time, resulting in hilarious, yet thought-provoking tales that enrich both mediums with new context.
My personal favorite is the combination of Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” with Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” for “Good ‘ol Gregor Brown.”
The full collection is now available in hardback form through Drawn and Quarterly, which should give you something to check out on your routine weekend bookstore run.