MUSCATINE, Iowa — The Muscatine Art Center will host a two-part class on comic cooks form 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 5 and 7, at the Art Center Studio.
On Tuesday Comic Books Part 1 begins as participants learn techniques and processes used to create professional comic books and then create their own characters and lay out a story.
The program concludes on Thursday in Comic Books Part 2, where participants will finish their stories and create two professional-style comic book pages.
Participants can choose to sign up for both classes for $25.
Registration for classes can be made by mail or in person at the Muscatine Art Center; forms are available at http://www.muscatineartcenter.org/Education.aspx.
For more information, call the Art Center at 563-263-8282.
“The Last of the Mohicans” and “Jane Eyre” are two of the first “Classics Illustrated” comic books that Comixology will republish digitally.
In the mid 20th century, Classics Illustrated comics were the salvation of students faced with the grim prospect of creating book report on titles such as “Silas Marner” or “Moby Dick.” Now hundreds of literary classics adapted and illustrated as comics in the pages of “Classics Illustrated” are going digital.
Digital comics distributor, Comixology said Wednesday it made a deal with Trajectory Inc. to bring the entire 120-issue run of “Classics Illustrated” to its digital storefront within several months, with the first titles to include adaptations of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds,” James Fenimore Cooper’s “The Last of the Mohicans” and Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” among others.
Classics Illustrated was a comic book series featuring adaptations of literary classics. Created by Albert Kanter, the series began publication in 1941. Some titles were packaged in gift boxes with specific themes such as adventure or mystery. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (issue 13) and Uncle Tom’s Cabin (issue 15) – were both cited in Dr. Fredric Wertham’s infamous 1954 condemnation of comic books Seduction of the Innocent.
Original edition Classic Comics in near mint condition command prices in the thousands of dollars.