Lee Bermejo's Batman: Noel retells Charles Dickens' iconic A Christmas Carol using characters and settings belonging to the DC universe. While the practices of writing a comic based on a work of literature or adapting Dickens' Christmas story aren't particularly new, that Bermejo chose this work and this comic should be noted.Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?
A Christmas Carol is the most famous work of a long forgotten genre. Christmas Crawlers were Gothic stories published around the holiday as a chilling and entertaining way to pass the season. They date back to Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, a ghost story published on Christmas Eve 1764, and include the works of other prolific writers such as Robert Louis Stevenson.
Knowing this, does Bermejo's November adaptation qualify as a lost, 19th century literary genre simply because of its source material? Or is Batman: Noel a spectre of Christmas future?
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Scaring the Dickens Out of Batman: Victorian Literary Conventions in 21st Century Comics
The following is a proposal for a conference paper I'm working on. It hasn't been accepted yet, but I plan to submit to a couple of different places to look at the topic at varying levels of detail. Feedback, as always, is appreciated.