Thursday, September 13, 2012

Nursery Rhyme Comics



Nursery Rhyme Comics, which is edited by Chris Duffy,  is a wonderful collection of familiar, memorable nursery rhymes rethought and illustrated in comic book form. All your old favorites are here like Three Little Kittens imagined by Nick Bruel and Pat-a-Cake done by Gene Luen Yang, of American Born Chinese fame. There are also some rhymes that you may not remember, or may never have heard of.

The collection includes 50 rhymes, done by fifty different artists, from a New Yorker cartoonist to familiar illustrators and authors of picture books, comics, and graphic novels. The best renditions add a bit to the text, so that the audience is really brought into the tale. Take "Jack Be Nimble" by James Sturm where you get to see Jack's reaction to the instructions: "Jack Be Nimble." James: "I don't even know what "nimble" means." "Jack Be Quick" James: "Not Today. Kinda Tired."

If you're only going to look at one, let it be "Hush Little Baby," done by Mo Oh, recent graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. It's fresh, it's modern, and it really reintroduces a great rhyme to a whole new audience.

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