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Jane Eyre, Original Text
Charlotte Bronte
A graphic novel of the classic story of Jane Eyre. The illustrations are beautiful and evocative and bring to life one of our favourite classics. The Classical Comic series acts as an aid to understanding the text of some of... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/09/2008
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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text)
Charles Dickens
This is the full story in quick modern English for a fast-paced read. The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/10/2008
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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Original Text)
Charles Dickens
The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his best-loved story. Set in Victorian England and highlighting the social injustice of the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/10/2008
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Macbeth, Plain Text
William Shakespeare
This graphic novel uses 'plain text', a modern language version of the Shakespearean text. Fate? Destiny? Or one man's obsession with power? Macbeth is probably the most dramatic of Shakespeare's tragedies. Set against the backdrop of 11th century... Featured in: Classical Comics
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2008
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Macbeth, Original Text
William Shakespeare
This graphic novel uses the original Shakespearean text. Fate? Destiny? Or one man's obsession with power? Macbeth is probably the most dramatic of Shakespeare's tragedies. Set against the backdrop of 11th century Scotland with all the drama you'd... Featured in: Classical Comics
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2008
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Henry V, Quick Text
William Shakespeare
This graphic novel uses 'quick text' communicating the meaning with a few words as possible. Be sure to check out the Plain and Original Texts too. "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;... Featured in: 9+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2007
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Henry V, Plain Text
William Shakespeare
This graphic novel uses 'plain text', a modern language version of the Shakespearean text. "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead!" This historic tale of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2007
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Henry V, Original Text
William Shakespeare
This graphic novel uses the original Shakespearean text. "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead!" This historic tale of war and peace between England and France in... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2007
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Jane Eyre, Quick Text
Charlotte Bronte
This is the full story of this classic story, written in quick modern English for a fast-paced read. The illustrations are beautiful and evocative and bring to life one of our favourite classics. The Classical Comic series acts as an... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/09/2008
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Macbeth, Quick Text
William Shakespeare
This graphic novel uses 'quick text' communicating the meaning of the story with as few words as possible. Fate? Destiny? Or one man's obsession with power? Macbeth is probably the most dramatic of Shakespeare's tragedies. Set against the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2008
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Classical Comics is a new publishing company creating graphic novel adaptations of literary classics.

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Clive Bryant, the founder of Classical Comics says, “I was looking for a way to get younger readers interested in classical literature, and to break down the barriers that stop them from getting hooked on reading. It struck me that we could use a comic book format to present these works – to make Shakespeare as “cool” as Spiderman”. And so the idea was born, - but it didn’t stop there. They decided to tackle the language barrier of the Shakespearean scripts, and devised a unique three-tier system:

* Original Text – the full, unabridged script
* Plain Text – a modern English version of the text
* Quick Text – the full story, but with reduced, simplified dialogue

All three versions feature the same artwork; only the word balloons change. A reader can gain a full understanding of the plot, characters and motives from the Quick Text version, later progress onto the Plain Text version and further on to the Original Text. Alternatively, a reader can go straight to the plain Text, or the Original Text.

Their first title, Henry V, is a full colour graphic novel with supporting text explaining Shakespeare’s life and times, the real story of the Battle of Agincourt, and it even includes a “behind the scenes” look at how the artwork was created.

Classical Comics will follow this up with a string of titles including Macbeth, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Frankenstein, A Christmas Carol, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet and Richard III. We will be featuring them all.

Patrick Stewart, award winning Stage and Screen actor applauds Classical Comics’ pioneering graphic novel adaptations of Macbeth.

He said: I’m fascinated by your approach... I find them gripping, dramatic and, although for me the original Shakespeare is always my reason for turning to these plays, I think that what you are doing in illuminating and making perhaps more lucid, especially for young people, is clever and meaningful.

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