Calling All Shakespeare Fans!

Posted on July 30, 2013

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Brooke McEldowney is at it again!  Get in on his artistic vision of Romeo and Juliet!

You might recall that back in November, we reviewed Brooke McEldowney’s highly original and not-generally-for-kids comic strip, Pibgorn.  Lila is an unabashed fan; while the story arcs can move slowly, the artwork is a delight to the eye, and McEldowney has an unusually rich gift for the English language.  If you can suspend your disbelief of all things fey and demonic, toss all logic and anticipation to the wind, and just go along for the ride, what a ride it can be.

One of McEldowney’s masterpieces was his creation of the Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with sets that evoke the 1930s or 1940s, and with the roles played out by his characters from both Pibgorn and 9 Chickweed Lane.

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Well, McEldowney is at it again!  Just yesterday, we were treated to the cover of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

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Considering the success that his version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream enjoyed, I am looking forward to seeing his rendition of Romeo and Juliet.  If you would like to join in, here are some helpful links:

Today’s Pibgorn strip

First frame of the Romeo and Juliet story arc

One final thought for new readers of McEldowney’s Pibgorn strip:  the same vision and detail that make the artwork such a joy, also tend to slow the action down.  If you find that the pace is frustratingly slow, I recommend just pulling up all five of the week’s strips on, say, a Friday morning as a great start to your weekend.  Enjoy!

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