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It only counts as manga if it's translated into manganese.


Why not manga Shakespeare? I used to like Classics Illustrated comix. Do they still publish those?


Looks like it's drawn by UK artists - so whether it's "technically manga" is a long-running flamewar that I'd rather not step in. Still, the art looks more West than East to my eye.

If you're looking for Japanese people exuberantly mangling the Western canon, the anime studio GONZO has been doing a nice sideline in that sort of thing. You can Netflix Gankutsuou, which resembles the Count of Monte Cristo, if the Count had had blue skin and green hair and the whole thing took place on the Moon in the year 5053.

And early next year Funimation is translating Gonzo's crazy Romeo x Juliet, which takes place on the floating island of Neo Verona, which is powered by a magical tree. (Don't miss the trailer, which is streaming in low res and high res.)

Both of them were perfectly watchable, but don't expect anything revelatory.

Ken Byrne

Classics Illustrated are long out of business. They were reissued again and again, by various companies. Their publishing history doesn't interest me that much, nor do the levels of collecting mania displayed by some folks I know.
But I did love them as a kid. They published a version of Hamlet. It was pretty gloomy, compared to Superman. But that, and the 78 records of Lawrence Olivier my uncle owned, were my introduction to the Bard of Avon, in about the third grade, in the late 'fifties.
(The other titles were Julius Caeser, and I think Romeo And Juliet. And maybe they issued A Midsummer Night's Dream.
No Coriolanus, or Merry Wives of Windsor.)
All the major Noble Dane speeches were included, even if they left out a lot about Fortinbras, Roesncranz and Guilderstern.
I thought the way the artist drew Ophelia was ever so lovely. I was so bummed when she jumped into that stream!
So good luck to all the Shakesphere Manga, and semi-Manga. Somebody should do Titus Andronicus. That would make one hell of a graphic novel. And it doesn't even have to be on the moon.

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