Comics reviewer, publisher, writer, and historian extraordinaire Paul Gravett published his extensive list of the best comics of 2010, and Jon Macy’s Teleny and Camille was among them, following right after a mention of Darwyn Cooke’s Parker adaptations.
Another perfect marriage was made between Oscar Wilde and American artist Jon Macy in his adaptation of the early same sex novel Teleny, attributed to Wilde and his circle and first published clandestinely in 1893. In Teleny and Camille from Northwest Comics, Macy brilliantly captures this scandalising love story’s heady sensuality and the Victorian climate of manners, morals and class, while using an autobiographical prologue and epilogue to contrast the present day and to change the two lovers’ tragic fates and give them his own happy ending. In this way, Macy now joins Wilde’s circle as the latest to work on this collaboration.
Paul Gravett is a London-based freelance journalist, curator, lecturer, writer and broadcaster, who has worked in comics publishing and promotion since 1981. Read the entire article on Paul Gravett’s website!