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The Shakespeare Comic Book Series was created in response to a simple question: how can we present serious literature to a generation of school students that is intensely visually aware but often reluctant to read?

The answer was to offer the work of the world’s greatest ever writer in a popular format with a highly pictorial content. The Shakespeare Comic Book Series thus began life in 1999, created by Simon Greaves.

Having studied Literature at York University, with a previous art school background, two years working for a book design firm, several more as a teacher and a few as a writer, Simon brought this miscellaneous experience together to create The Shakespeare Comic Book Series.

Since the series was launched, the comic books have been successfully shown at exhibitions in London and the NEC, Birmingham, been bought by thousands of schools and private individuals and have been on sale at the Shakespeare Bookshop, Stratford since 2003.

The books have sold online to North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, been reviewed by scholars in the US and Holland and found their way into The Michael P. Jensen Collection for Shakespeare in Mass Media and Popular Culture, housed at the Southern Oregon University, USA. A seven page extract from A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been reprinted by US publisher Holt, Rhinehart and Winston in Elements of Literature (pub 2008) and a two page extract from Macbeth was published by Cornelsen Verlag GmbH of Germany in Level Crossing 2 in 2011.

This whole enterprise is driven by a love of Shakespeare and a desire to introduce his work to new generations. The passion behind the Shakespeare Comic Book Series was correctly identified in a long and insightful review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Folio, the journal of The Shakespeare Society of the Low Countries (Netherlands and Flanders).

‘Greaves does not attempt to jazz up the play with funny comments or drawings that call too much attention to themselves. It is precisely Greaves’ straightforward and unpretentious approach, reflected in both the visual and textual translation, that makes the book a welcome addition to the existing range of Shakespeare comics. It is attractive for older pupils who want to be taken seriously in their study of Shakespeare, and a great source of inspiration for teachers who prefer to do without ready-made material… His enthusiasm for and dedication to teaching Shakespeare reveal themselves in modesty and artlessness, and these qualities are not self-evident in the Shakespeare industry.’  Lieke Stelling, Utrecht University, Folio, 2006

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