Paul Gravett wrote an article about literary adaptations in graphic novels for the Times Literary Supplement in May, which included a section about Jon Macy’s Teleny and Camille. I just stumbled across an online version of the article today and, since I don’t think we linked to it before, I wanted to share it with you.
Macy draws himself at work on the project, realising that “only adding pictures to the [complete] text would not do it justice”, but anxious about having to “trim the Victorian gingerbread”, and imagining himself “facing a tribunal for all my Wildean crimes.” Macy would not be found guilty, as he has made this book his own by focusing on its love story between two men, put in context in a prologue narrated by the London bookseller Charles Hirsch. Macy goes on to accompany the already highly charged texts with an imagery of brooding eroticism and, as required, uninhibited pornography, in some passages stripping everything down to purely visual terms. His inky linework stays sensuous and sensitive to the turbulent emotions and settings of his two idealised lovers, shifting between streamlined simplicity and more ornate flourishes from Expressionism to Art Nouveau.
Check out the whole review of Teleny and Camille as part of the article “Obvious Impostures” at Paul Gravett’s website.