Oooooooh. I want that.
First up: Dame Darcy Illustrates Jane Eyre
Tommy Kovac introduced me to Dame Darcy's work (she does the Fantagraphics comic Meat Cake), and I just love its raw but utterly sophisticated style. And Jane Eyre has been one of my favorite books for more than fifteen years now. I can't tell you how many times I've read it. It's one of those works that I read without turning to the oh-so-cultivated English major part of my brain--it is a work that is full of longing and darkness and hope, intensely visceral and psychological at once. Charlotte Bronte delved more deeply into her characters' passions than her contemporaries, and she did not write of her dark themes from a narrative distance, as Robert Browning did with his dramatic monologues. Jane Eyre--like all of the Bronte sisters' novels--is a book that is felt rather than analyzed, and Dame Darcy is sure to capture that, if the the previews at CBR's article are any indication.
The Illustrated Jane Eyre is being published by Penguin, and will be released on September 21, 2006 (at least according to Amazon.com).