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I Smell Meme

Here’s what I know: a guy named Jason Turner got a suggestion to … well, let’s let him tell it:

So ages ago, Dave Howard suggested to me that it might be an interesting idea for cartoonists to try adapting a part of a novel they liked. And then recently when JD Sallinger died, that notion came back to me, and then I thought oh it might be interesting to attempt to do a comic of some portion of one of his books.

And as I sat on the couch staring at the shelves of books, I thought it might be fun to try it with different books. Maybe just a page. Maybe the SAME PAGE from each book. Say, page 100. And thus…


That link also includes Turner’s first go at a page 100 comics adaptation, from Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. Since then, Turner has also taken a shot at page 100 from Nicholson Baker’s The Fermata, and the idea has spread a bit.

Cases in point: Jason Rainey of Brown Paper Bag presents page 100 of Heinlein’s The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, and Rebecca Dart contributed page 100 of Richard Brautigan’s The Hawkline Monster. There’s so much potential here for awesome work.

In other news, Eisner voting is up for those of you eligible. Lots of interesting nominees this year, including some very worthy competitors in the Best Digital Comic category. Remember, you’re eligible to vote if you are a:

  • Comic book/graphic novel/webcomic creator (writer, artist, cartoonist, penciller, inker, letterer, colorist)
  • A nominee in any category
  • A comic book/graphic novel publisher or editor
  • Owner or manager of a comic book specialty retail store

Voting’s up until 15 June, and there are 29 categories across 5 pages, so be sure to examine the whole thing.

Zak Smith has this covered for all the pages of Gravity’s Rainbow

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