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The Epic of Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh by
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Jun 05, 2018 | ISBN 9781609807931

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“The Dixons, a father-son creative team, breathe new life into the world’s oldest known story with a graphic adaptation that manages to be at once authentic, avant-garde, and approachable. . . . This is required reading for any lover of mythology.” Publishers Weekly

The Epic of Gilgamesh succeeds in revitalizing humanity’s most ancient tale with a fresh take on the original text, enlightened by Kent H. Dixon’s impeccable scholarship and brought to life by Kevin Dixon’s skillful graphic storytelling techniques. Readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the original story will delight in discovering the creators’ wry touches of humor and imagination as they reinterpret this classic saga in comics form.” —Matthew J. Smith, Ph.D., co-author of The Power of Comics: History, Form, and Culture
 
“This comic take on Gilgamesh offers readers a playful, action-packed, eminently readable new spin on this oldest of stories. Kent and Kevin Dixon imbue the ancient quest with a goofy, good-natured sense of fun, even as they evoke the subtleties of its timeless themes.”—Rolf Potts, essayist and author of Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn’t Go There
 
“An ancient tale refashioned in the style of underground comix from the 1970s, The Epic of Gilgamesh by the Dixons is the best kind of scholarly comic; one that is authentic, surprising, and accessible. Bringing contemporary readers to long forgotten lands and tales of adventure, The Epic of Gilgamesh is a welcome addition to the graphic canon.”  —J.T. Waldman, author and illustrator of Megillat Esther and Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me (with Harvey Pekar)
 
“Thanks to Kent and Kevin Dixon for creating this monumental work, as well as the timely and therapeutic reminder that horrible flesh-eating monsters, great sex, and gargantuan egos have always been nestled comfortably within our collective DNA­—and at 5,000 years old, the epic feels positively 21st century. I was blown away by what they have achieved.” —David Catrow, author and illustrator of the Max Spaniel series and When God Made You (with Matthew Paul Turner)

“Just when I thought I had read every version of Gilgamesh out there (in English, that is, I don’t read Assyrian cuneiform) along comes a cool new “rendition,” as Kent H. Dixon calls his collaborative effort with his son Kevin H. Dixon, an artist/illustrator. . . . Beautifully executed in a handsome edition.” –Julia Alvarez, author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents

“Rowdy, bawdy . . . entertainingly blends the highs and lows of classical declamation and contemporary slang.” –Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal, 16 November 2018

“The Dixons’ adaptation has earned its rightful place on college syllabi, replacing its dozens of text-only predecessors, none of which offer the range of playfully inventive visual effects only possible in the comics form.” –Chris Gavaler, Pop Matters

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