Friday, April 13, 2018

The Message From Mount Misery

THE GRAPHIC CANON  Volume 2
"THE MESSAGE FROM MOUNT MISERY"

This is the first time I'm interrupting my massive Edgar Allan Poe project in 3-1/2 years.  While doing research and acquiring books for it, I wound up reading a lot of other material that appeared in various anthologies.  And here was something that I thought was so important, so powerful, I wanted to share it with as many people as I could.

THE GRAPHIC CANON was a series of 3 large, thick, HEAVY volumes collecting illustrated versions of poems, stories, and excerpts of stories, by a very wide variety of artists. I got ahold of Vol.2 just for a single 5-page adaptation of Poe's "THE RAVEN"-- and it wasn't even that good of an adaptation!  Fortunately, I got my copy of the book for a VERY cheap price.  Even so, I decided to plow through as much of it as I could manage (which was most of it).  Some was fascinating, some dreary, some bordering on unreadable.  And then there was this 8-pager, a biographical piece based on a real-life story from a sad period of American history.

Rather than say anymore, I'm going to let the work speak for itself, including the introductory text included in the book, which I scanned in, in addition to the story which will follow.

THE GRAPHIC CANON  Volume 2
(Seven Stories Press  /  October 2, 2012)
Cover by ??
"THE MESSAGE FROM MOUNT MISERY"  /  Introduction
"THE MESSAGE FROM MOUNT MISERY"
Story by Frederick Douglass  /  Art by SETH TOBOCMAN  /  Page 257
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Copyright (C) SETH TOBOCMAN.

Seth Tobocman.

Scans from MY collection.

For more:
Read about Frederick Douglass at Wikipedia.
Read about Seth Tobocman at Wikipedia.
See more Seth Tobocman's art at The Nation site.
See more Seth Tobocman art at Google Images.
BUY Seth Tobocman books at Amazon.

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