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Mark Z. Danielewski’s “House of Leaves,” interpreted by Aaron Bir

5 Aug

This time around we decided to translate scenes from our favorite prose books into comics. I decided to challenge myself and attempt a passage from “House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski.

If you’re not familiar, the novel is one the most disturbing books I’ve ever read. This isn’t due to any overt grossness or ickiness. I found the tale about a book,  which is about a film, which in itself is about a very peculiar house (as edited by a protagonist, who is most likely mad) to challenge my perception of the boundaries between story and reality.

Danielewski never let me forget I was reading a book, yet he defied the normal terms in which a prose story is presented visually.

I’m presenting an interpretation of a scene from chapter five. This starts with the first exploration a hallway that has suddenly and surprisingly appeared in, the photo-journalist, Navidson’s home..


House of Leaves, Comic adaption


Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Mother Night’ by Blake Sims

4 Aug

When the theme was chosen, I knew I was going to choose a book by Vonnegut. I read Man Without A Country and never looked back. I tore through Slaughter-House Five, demolished Cat’s Cradle, flew through Player Piano, etc.

My first choice for this entry was probably Slaughter-House Five, but then I remembered Mother Night. I read it directly after Jailbird, both shared similar themes, although Mother Night came out first. It’s definitely the better book. I’m pretty sure Vonnegut himself said so.

Rough plot to catch you up to this chapter of the book (stolen from wikipedia):

The fictional story of Howard W. Campbell Jr, an American, who moved to Germany directly after World War I and then later became alternately a well-known playwright and a Nazi propagandist. The action of the novel is narrated by Campbell himself. The premise is that he is writing his memoirs while awaiting trial for war crimes in an Israeli prison.


Adapting A Novel.

29 Jul

The theme this week is to adapt a scene from a novel we’ve read. So, I adapted the entire story, from the only prose novel I’ve ever read start-to-finish, and remember anything about. Not including audiobooks.

Shortest story ever written: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never used.” by Ernest Hemmingway.