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This volume is the sixth in a series of books which present great literature in comics and heavily illustrated formats, by some of the best artists working today in the fields of comics, book illustration, and fine arts. The book includes war stories, horror, satire, and comedy. Featured are "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "The Devil's Dictionary," and "Bierce's Fable This volume is the sixth in a series of books which present great literature in comics and heavily illustrated formats, by some of the best artists working today in the fields of comics, book illustration, and fine arts. The book includes war stories, horror, satire, and comedy. Featured are "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "The Devil's Dictionary," and "Bierce's Fables."


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This volume is the sixth in a series of books which present great literature in comics and heavily illustrated formats, by some of the best artists working today in the fields of comics, book illustration, and fine arts. The book includes war stories, horror, satire, and comedy. Featured are "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "The Devil's Dictionary," and "Bierce's Fable This volume is the sixth in a series of books which present great literature in comics and heavily illustrated formats, by some of the best artists working today in the fields of comics, book illustration, and fine arts. The book includes war stories, horror, satire, and comedy. Featured are "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "The Devil's Dictionary," and "Bierce's Fables."

30 review for Graphic Classics Volume 6: Ambrose Bierce

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kane S.

    ALIBI.COM Review by Kane S. Latranz In his introduction, S.T. Joshi points out that Ambrose Bierce, "was censured, even in his own lifetime, as a cynic or misanthrope." Bierce's life is encapsulated in a two-page cartoon written by Mort Castle with the illustrations of Dan E. Burr. Taking sort of a *Mad Magazine* approach to the events, the strip depicts what undoubtedly contributed to much of Bierce's bitterness; his stint as a Union soldier for nearly the entire duration of The Civil War, in whic ALIBI.COM Review by Kane S. Latranz In his introduction, S.T. Joshi points out that Ambrose Bierce, "was censured, even in his own lifetime, as a cynic or misanthrope." Bierce's life is encapsulated in a two-page cartoon written by Mort Castle with the illustrations of Dan E. Burr. Taking sort of a *Mad Magazine* approach to the events, the strip depicts what undoubtedly contributed to much of Bierce's bitterness; his stint as a Union soldier for nearly the entire duration of The Civil War, in which he survived no less than a gunshot wound to the head. The strip concludes with the fact that the satirist eventually set off on horseback for Mexico never to be heard from again, leading to such sensationalistic theories about his ultimate fate as alien abduction. John Coulthart provides an amazing comic book adaptation of what may be Bierce's most famous subtly supernatural drama, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." Coulthart's photo-like illustrations seem to have been rendered on a computer. The artist does incredible things with lighting and shadow, angle, and perspective, to great dramatic, and very cinematic, effect. An incomplete homage to another infamous Bierce creation is "The Devil's Dictionary". "Dance: To leap about to the sound of tittering music, preferably with your arms about your neighbor's wife or daughter." And, of course, "Distance: The only thing that the rich are willing for the poor to call theirs, and keep." There are many, peppered with original cartoons in the same spirit by Leslie Murray. They are, if certainly cynical, as habit-forming as peanuts. The complex familial lunacy of Bierce's "An Imperfect Conflagration," is nicely adapted into comic book form, and illustrated, by Rick Geary. "Conflagration" begins with the line "Early one June morning in 1872, I murdered my father--an act which made a deep impression on me at the time." "The Stranger" is a ghost tale told by a mysterious wanderer who approaches a high plains campfire in the dead of night in the old west, nicely dramatized through the pen and ink drawings of Mark A. Nelson. There's also an ironic yarn about body thieves in a graveyard, "One Summer Night," very stylishly depicted, underground comic-style, by Francesca Ghermandi, while a one-page bit, "The Conservative Employer," takes a crack at power moguls, an old story of haves and have-nots, its timeless core demonstrated by the fact that illustrator, Mike Konopacki, has drawn it in a contemporary setting, (Including one character who looks remarkably like George W. Bush.), without missing a beat. I don't care for cynics, generally, but getting back to S.T. Joshi's informative introduction, we learn that H.L. Mencken posthumously categorized Bierce as "one of the most idealistic men that his generation produced in America." Add this to what is borne out in his work, and it becomes clear that if he was disgusted with Homo Sapiens, it was disgust born of the realization of what human beings could, and should be, as opposed to what they so often allow themselves to stoop to. (Ya bastids!)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    I had never heard of Bierce until I saw his name in the list of titles in this series. Since then I've come across a couple of his short stories in various collections and his macabre and dark humour stories interest me. I found this a good collection of stories from a wide variety of genres across which Bierce has written. The b/w artwork is comparable to other books in this series, especially the early volumes. I loved Rick Geary's contribution. My review is of the first edition; there is now I had never heard of Bierce until I saw his name in the list of titles in this series. Since then I've come across a couple of his short stories in various collections and his macabre and dark humour stories interest me. I found this a good collection of stories from a wide variety of genres across which Bierce has written. The b/w artwork is comparable to other books in this series, especially the early volumes. I loved Rick Geary's contribution. My review is of the first edition; there is now a newer second edition with revisions which I haven't seen. If this book were to be revised again it would be a good candidate for adding colour. I love the b/w art in this series so it something for me to say this, but Bierce's stories seem to cry out to be represented in colour.

  3. 4 out of 5

    EsEfEm

    I will forever be grateful to Gang Control for using a hilarious soundclip that led me to From Dusk Till Dawn 3, which in turn introduced me to Ambrose Bierce. I very, very highly recommend searching out his works and reading everything you can. The stories themselves earn a hearty 5 stars from me, the artwork a 3.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Ambrose Bierce is just a little bit off. He makes Edgar Allen Poe seem positively normal. Sometimes funny, always cynical, these stories were a bit hit and miss. But they were interesting! If messed up.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melle

    A good way to introduce reluctant readers to the already-short works of Ambrose Bierce.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    This is a comic collection of the author's strange little fables, ironic stories, horror, and so forth.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Very well done interpretation of some Ambrose Bierce stories. I enjoyed them, but I still think the book forms are creepier.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Ashworth

  9. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tera

  11. 5 out of 5

    Josh

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lance Eaton

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brad

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nilendu Misra

  15. 5 out of 5

    Syrus

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marla

  18. 4 out of 5

    BOB RUST

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bbmarie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ben

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brad Thompson

  23. 5 out of 5

    John

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ilze

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Oliver

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dan Schul

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

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