Straight for the art: Nick Bertozzi’s Kate Chopin’s The Awakening
Tomorrow his M.O.D.O.K. story for Marvel’s Strange Tales anthology sees the light of day. But (in a sublime/ridiculous pairing that could be sliced either way depending on how you look at these things) today, Nick Bertozzi, artist of Glenn Eichler’s graphic novel Stuffed! and writer-artist of The Salon, is offering a peak at a very different project: An abortive adaptation of The Awakening, Kate Chopin’s classic 1899 novel.
Chronicling the struggles of New Orleans native Edna Pointellier as she struggles against the oppressive constraints society places on women, The Awakening seems like a perfect fit for Bertozzi, whose comics are often period pieces centering on the clash between history and modernity. Alas, all Bertozzi can offer is a 27-page glimpse of what might have been: What began as a labor of love for Chopin’s novel ended prior to completion, he writes, when he got “distracted by paying work.” The first two installments of a promised five-post series revealing what he drew prior to that point may be found here and here.