Illustrator Julian Peters Adapts Classic Poetry Into Comics
We’re big fans of mediums translated into “comic form,” whether they’re classic plays or even book reviews. Montreal-based illustrator Julian Peters makes comic versions of classic poems, from Edgar Allan Poe to W. B. Yeats. His adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” even got covered in The Boston Globe and Slate.
Peters’ style is a bit more conventional than most poetry comics, portraying the material in a way that’s loyal to the original and not too clouded in murky interpretation. Some new-ish comics he has drawn are “Witch-Wife” by Edna St. Vincent Millay and “Veglia” by Italian poet Giuseppe Ungaretti. We included both in the gallery, mostly because they’re both fairly short. You can browse through the rest of his poetry comics on his blog. We recommend starting with “Annabel Lee.”