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Prince of Cats
     

Prince of Cats

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by Ron Wimberly
 

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Prince of Cats is the B side to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, played at an eighties block party in a NY where underground sword dueling blossomed alongside hip-hop, punk, disco and no wave. It's the story of the minor players with Tybalt at the center. Like Shakespeare's originals,
Prince of Cats implements various formalist restraints. The definitive printing

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Prince of Cats is the B side to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, played at an eighties block party in a NY where underground sword dueling blossomed alongside hip-hop, punk, disco and no wave. It's the story of the minor players with Tybalt at the center. Like Shakespeare's originals,
Prince of Cats implements various formalist restraints. The definitive printing of Ronald Wimberly's critically acclaimed first work, presented as intended for the first time.

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Publishers Weekly
There is a long and rich tradition of re-imagining Shakespeare examples include the Tempest-inspired SF movie Forbidden Planet, the fascist Britain that never was of director Richard Loncraine’s Richard III, and West Side Story’s modern-day Romeo and Juliet. Now former cartoonist Wimberly adds to that body of work with this new version of Romeo and Juliet, set in a Japanese-flavored futuristic New York and focusing on Tybalt, the eponymous Prince of Cats. Proud and as easily affronted as any Renaissance-era Verona aristocrat, Tybalt seeks love and a place in the world, but finds only violence and needless death. The stylized graffiti-inspired art doesn’t shy away from the violence of the story, reflecting the brutal world the protagonist sometimes finds himself in, but the impact is somewhat dulled by overly dark coloring. The setting and recasting of the characters as African-Americans invites a comparison with West Side Story and its racial conflicts, and serves as a similarly worthy recasting of the timeless waste of feuding factions. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Ron Wimberly's SENTENCES:

"Transports hip-hop's braggadocio energy and irresistible rhythms onto the page. GRADE: A-"—WASHINGTON POST 

Library Journal
Romeo is only a supporting player in this vibrant hip-hop drama based on Shakespeare and set in 1980s Brooklyn. Now Juliet’s cousin Tybalt holds center stage, with a slashing samurai sword as his claw. Wimberly’s high-saturated color marries inventive writing creating a winning blend of street-talk and hip-hop rhythms of Shakespearean elegance in iambic pentameter. Older teens up due to violence, nudity, implied sex, and street language.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781632159267
Publisher:
Image Comics
Publication date:
11/01/2016
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
87,967
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 12.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

Ronald Wimberly was the artist on Percy Carey's acclaimed memoir, SENTENCES, published in 2007 by Vertigo. As a young African American artist living in Brooklyn, he brings an authenticity to this project like no one else could. He's done extensive design and commercial work and has worked with Spike Lee on some of his film projects, most notably Miracle at St. Anna.

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Prince of Cats 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Amazing art and storytelling. One of the best graphic novels you'll ever read. This new hardcover edition from Image is amazing. Much larger than the old Vertigo release, and much more fitting. If you have the old edition already, trade it in for this upgrade. It's worth it.