Masterpiece Comics: Looking at Literature through Cartoons An Illustrated Lecture with Cartoonist R. Sikoryak. R. Sikoryak adapts classic literature using the styles and characters of American comics and animated cartoons. His stories have been collected in the 2009 book Masterpiece Comics (Drawn and Quarterly). In tonight’s illustrated slide show, Sikoryak will discuss the long history of adapting literature into cartoons (from the 1940’s “Classics illustrated” series to today’s “Manga Shakespeare”), read from his work, and detail his own intensive working process.Through the last century, many cartoonists have adapted a variety of classic novels and plays; their approaches range from the respectful to the hilarious to the revelatory. Sikoryak will demonstrate the wide range of visual styles and narrative strategies employed by cartoonists when they collaborate with a great author.