Intelligent Read: September 11 – A Graphic Adaptation

Posted on September 7, 2011

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The suspect list of known Terrorists responsible for September 11

As the memorial date for September 11 looms, Slate has seen fit to re-present the 9/11 report. But it isn’t any 9/11 report we’re familiar with- this work of art is by far the most gripping and emotional take on events of September 11 I have ever read; Additionally, it’s presented in a format that I never thought would have been possible (sorry Mr. F. Miller) for a tragedy of this magnitude- It is a graphic adaptation.

THE 9/11 REPORT: A Graphic Adaptation

Written and illustrated by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, THE 9/11 REPORT: A Graphic Adaptation is simultaneously respectful yet dramatic; capturing perfectly the raw emotions of fear, love and heroic intent in a medium often consigned to gripping albeit fictional tales of fantasy.

The passengers of doomed United 93 rise to fight their hijackers, ultimately thwarting the terrorist attack on The White House.

Adapted from text of the original 9/11 Report presented to congress and covering the whole gamut from the attack to how it changed America and American geopolitics, this “comic” is quite honestly the evidence geeks have been looking for to elevate the common graphic novel into the ranks of literary work not unlike Chaucer. It might seem a stretch but this Monsieur believes, if more graphic artists take a leaf from Sid and Ernie, we might live in a world where comics are no longer looked down upon and left on the rubbish tip of trashy child’s playthings but as serious works of literature and education. [Read the full comic on Slate]

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