This comic appears in the latest issue of The Southampton Review.
Posters of this and many other fine literary comics are available at my shop. They make perfect gifts for teachers, librarians, and your book-obsessed friends and family.
This comic was adapted from The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Termsby Chris Baldick. It's a fascinating and easy-to-understand reference book that demands to be illustrated. Stay tuned for more letters in the weeks to come.
This drawing appears in the July 14 Sunday NY Times Book Review. Thanks to Book Review editor Pamela Paul! Also, thanks to my middle school English teacher, who taught me the wonderful word "dénouement."
I've spent the last few years devouring the books of Haruki Murakami. Twelve novels, three short story collections, and one memoir later, I came up with this comic. If you have yet to experience the genius of Murakami, keep this Bingo card handy as you delve into his work. I recommend starting with The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, or Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. You can find this comic in print in Sunday's New York Times Book Review.
This illustration appears in the New York Times Book Review alongside a review by Christopher Benfey of John Sutherland's "Lives of the Novelists." Sutherland's book profiles a long list of notable writers and the personal events that may or may not have influenced their creative output. I tried to distill the typical experience of a literary icon into nine small panels. I'm certain that many of our great writers have worked in a coal mine and owned a small poodle.
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Thanks to all my high school English teachers for providing the deeply ingrained knowledge behind this comic. And a very special thanks to my proofreaders at the Kansas City Star, who put up with my three consecutive misspellings of "Onomatopoeia."
And finally: English teachers and students, past and current - you can get a poster of this comic for your classroom or reading nookhere.