Only Will Eisner would adapt Shakespeare for fun. Hamlet On A Rooftop appeared in Will's seminal bible for aspiring cartoonists Comics & Sequential Art, but I'm almost certain it appeared in a few other places before that. As you'd expect, it's a masterclass in page construction, characterization & storytelling. Will is obviously the stage director of this performance, but he's the actor too, choosing where to break up the bard's text, panel by panel, making sure you read it at the pace, and with the inflection, he wants you to.
Every writer/artist does this, of course, but it's never more obvious than in this piece. I saw an interview once with Frank Miller, who said a cartoonist has to be really smart to slow the reader down, whereas a movie director just has to leave the camera running. Will Eisner was really smart.
The Golden Derby - August 1967!
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