The Bee-Loud Glade: A Comic Adaptation

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This comic adaptation is part of a series of short comics I’ve been working on, all of them a tribute to my friend and mentor Jeanne Leiby, former editor of The Southern Review and The Florida Review, who–back in ’05, before many university-sponsored literary journals would even consider running comics–initiated the comics section at The Florida Review, and constantly defended the art form against criticism from more “traditional” writers and editors. Each comic in my series is an adaptation of a different small-press author’s work, and is an attempt to offer a quick glimpse at what can happen when the literary world and the comics world meet. So far, I’ve been able to work with Lavinia Ludlow, Ben Tanzer, and J. Bradley, and I was ridiculously excited to create an adaptation of an excerpt from Steve Himmer’s The Bee-Loud Glade (Atticus Books, 2011), a book bursting with amazing visuals (so maybe another artist will take the challenge and offer his/her own view of Himmer’s world? we can only hope…).

Click on Panel 1 and follow the links to read Nathan’s illustrations in sequence, or just enjoy the gallery.

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About Author

Nathan Holic teaches writing courses at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Since 2006, he has worked as the Graphic Narrative Editor at The Florida Review, and is currently compiling an ongoing "Comics About Comics" series. He is also working with Orlando-based Burrow Press to organize a project called “15 Views of Orlando,” a literary portrait of the city featuring short fiction from fifteen Orlando authors young and old, local and far-removed, established and aspiring (the first installment was posted on the Burrow web site in early June, and the final installment will be posted in two weeks). His traditional fiction has been published in The Portland Review, Iron Horse, and The Roanoke Review, but he also publishes stories that drift between forms, including a hybrid short story alternating between text and comic page in The Saranac Review, a narrative told entirely through Wikipedia pages in Rip-Rap, and other short fiction incorporating oil stains, receipts, and advertising logos. His comics have most recently been published in Welter and Red Fez, and are forthcoming from Sweet and Palooka.

9 Comments

  1. Pingback: The Bee-Loud Glade: comic adaptation | The Library of America: Nathan Holic Collection

  2. I wanted to say how much I enjoyed this comic. What a great idea to pull together two literary worlds. I’d also like to say that I find this to be very appealing from a visual standpoint. Great illustrations, wonderful writing, great all around! I love it. Well done.

  3. Wow! What a great read! I haven’t heard of “The Bee Loud Glade” but I just bought a copy. I’d also like to say that I was so interested in Mr. Holic’s work that I checked out the 15 Views series he is a part of and I found that to be an incredible read as well! Very impressive stuff. Keep up the good work!

    • Ha ha! Finch would be proud: this sounds like a “15 Views” author slyly promoting the story series! (I’m surprised you didn’t make references to the amazing Second Nature plants in your home office, Kelly)

  4. Great read!!!! Today just happens to be “Labor Day”, how ironic. The visuals were great but as I read along I found myself not really paying too much attention, the story painted a pretty clear picture on it’s own.

  5. Nathan, this is damn fine work. Well done. I agree with Lori in that I love panels 8 and 9. And panel 2 was a favorite, too. The illustrations and colors perfectly complement the feeling of the piece.

    Oh, and this is a damn fine story, too. So hats off to Mr. Steve Himmer as well. Great stuff all around.

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