The progressive rock band Camel released an album, titled Dust and Dreams , inspired by the novel. American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen named his 11th studio album, The Ghost of Tom Joad , after the character. The first track on the album is titled " The Ghost of Tom Joad ". The song — and to a lesser extent, the other songs on the album — draws comparisons between the Dust Bowl and modern times. The opera made its world premiere in February , to favorable local reviews. Bad Religion lead vocalist, Greg Graffin , is a fan of Steinbeck's.
Gary Sinise played Tom Joad for its entire run of performances on Broadway in One of these performances was filmed and shown on PBS the following year. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the novel.
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Westminster John Knox Press. California History 68 3: Pacific Historical Review 73 2: Thematic Emphasis Through Visual Style". American Quarterly 31 5: Discusses the visual style of John Ford's cinematic adaptation of the novel. Usually the movie is examined in terms of its literary roots or its social protest. But the imagery of the film reveals the important theme of the Joad family's coherence. The movie shows the family in closeups, cramped in small spaces on a cluttered screen, isolated from the land and their surroundings. Dim lighting helps abstract the Joad family from the reality of Dust Bowl migrants.
The film's emotional and aesthetic power comes from its generalized quality attained through this visual style. The New Criterion , Vol.
But there's no question about it: Readers and the rest of the judges love Wilson's version of Ms. Kamala Khan was an ordinary Muslim teenager in Jersey City — and a Captain Marvel fangirl — when an alien mist turned her into a shape-shifting superhero. Now, she has to balance school, friends and her loving-but-overprotective family, while saving the world. And like any kid, she doesn't always get it right.
Marvel is a marvel — sensitively written, gorgeously drawn and, for a part-alien superhero, always achingly real. Writer Tom King carved himself an out-of-the-way patch of Marvel Universe real estate — a seemingly bucolic DC suburb — and deposited everyone's favorite android-created-for-evil-who-turned-out-to-be-a-good-guy, The Vision, squarely inside it. King also doubled down on Vision's long-established hunger to be human by having him create a domestic life for himself — robowife, robokids, robodog, robo-white picket fence.
And then, beset by the forces of intolerance lurking in the community, everything proceeds to go to hell. Gabriel Hernandez Walta's art creates a golden-hued, Eisenhower-era suburban paradise poisoned by fear and hate, and King's command of this tight, issue story is masterful. It's a sad and haunting read that will stay with you. Wonder Woman's much-buzzed-about movie may have granted her a bit of a popular-vote groundswell, but there wasn't much agreement on which run of comics from her long and storied life should make the final cut.
Arguments were made for her debut comics, which remain bracingly weird; George Perez's mid-'80s reboot; Greg Rucka's tenure, when he turned her into a kind of superpowered diplomat; and Brian Azzarello's recent turn, in which he recast the Olympian gods as rival crime families. Ultimately, it was Gail Simone's run on the character especially her four-issue launch tale, The Circle , with art by Terry and Rachel Dodson that best managed to nail Diana's iconography by depicting her as powerful as we know her to be and as compassionate as we need her to be.
At once a sprawling adventure anthology and a witty metariff on the long, whimsical history of the superhero genre, Astro City offers a bracingly bright rejoinder to "grim-and-gritty" superhero storytelling.
Writer Kurt Busiek and artist Brent Anderson — with Alex Ross supplying character designs and painted covers — don't merely people their fictional metropolis with analogues of notable heroes, though there are plenty of those on hand. The universe they've created pays loving homage to familiar characters and storylines even as it digs deep to continually invent new stories and feature new perspectives.
Astro City is a hopeful place that dares to believe in heroes, sincerely and unabashedly; reading it, you will too. Bissette and John Totleben. But Alan Moore's tenure on the character, beginning in , redefined the character in a fundamental and groundbreaking way, turning him into arguably the most powerful hero in the DC Universe, albeit one shot through with the darkest elements of gothic horror. Penciler Stephen Bissette and inker John Totleben's images seemed to float in that darkness, imbuing Moore's literally epic tale Swampy visits both Hell and outer space with a sense of dread and foreboding, even when that tale involved Swamp Thing communing with Evil itself Yeah, look, you really have to read it.
This sadly short-lived cult hit should have been a mainstream one. Gotham Central's ingenious conceit: What is life like for the men and women of Gotham City's police force — and the citizens they protect? Writer Greg Rucka told tales of the day shift, Ed Brubaker the night, and both were penciled originally, anyway by Michael Lark, whose hatchy line work imbued America's most dangerous municipality with a grubby, lived-in feel.
Batman and his rogues gallery showed up around the edges — the GCPD dealt with the sometimes horrific aftermath of their clashes — but this was a gripping, character-oriented police procedural, a nuanced look at life beyond the cape. Given the enduring power of writer Chris Claremont's long and hugely influential run on the X-Men series, it was inevitable that some of that work would end up on this list. But frankly, the judging panel expected people to nominate one of his go-to X-Men story arcs — Days of Future Past, say, or The Dark Phoenix Saga, which is what most people think of when they think "X-Men.
This is a story, after all, in which much of the X-Men's subtext becomes text. Xavier teams up with Magneto to defeat not a supervillain, but a preacher who is whipping up a hate campaign against mutants. It became the basis, albeit a freely adapted one, for Bryan Singer's second X-Men film. But with lots more punching! But with lots more crushing! This is Warren Ellis at his silliest and most joyful, complemented by Stuart Immonen's gorgeously angular line work.
It's an over-the-top parody of the Marvel universe, the antidote to grim 'n' gritty and the perfect book to press into the hands of anyone who says they hate superheroes. The late Darwyn Cooke's bright, gorgeous love letter to DC Comics' superheroes is a marvel of raw logistics as much as storytelling. Cooke crams just about every DC character, including some real deep-benchers The Challengers of the Unknown, anyone? Every page bristles with color and action — and crisp midcentury design — but there's more to it than crew cuts and car fins.
Amid all this shiny, Silver Age hopefulness, Cooke finds time to linger over the less-than-glossy elements of the time: He also plumbs new emotional depths in characters who have never gotten their time in the spotlight, like J'onn J'onzz, the haunted, sensitive Manhunter from Mars.
Plus, there are dinosaurs. Ryan North and Erica Henderson's revival of an obscure '90s Marvel comic relief character is pure joy on paper. Computer science student Doreen Green has a secret superpower: She can talk to squirrels. Also, she has a tail. With college roommate Nancy and sidekicks Koi Boi and Chipmunk Hunk, Doreen uses a combination of tail tricks, computer savvy and irrepressible cheer to beat up pretty much every baddie who comes her way. Also, you'll have to squint, but North's jokey footnotes are not to be missed. There is no one like Mike Mignola — his thick, angular, shadowy lines are instantly recognizable, almost like a silent movie in comic form.
And Hellboy is a singular creation, a good-natured demon who smells like roasted peanuts brought to Earth as a baby by Nazi occultists during World War II and then raised as a normal boy by a kindly professor. So, just an everyday kid, then. Mignola's dry humor plays beautifully against Hellboy's fantastical adventures, and there is a LOT to explore in the universe he has created over decades of writing and drawing.
On the book's much-admired opening page, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely distill Superman's origin into four images and eight words: Quitely's Superman doesn't look like any you've seen before which is a neat trick, given Supes' longevity. He is a towering, barrel-chested galoot who manages to radiate kindness and compassion, exactly the way he should. Quitely's super-suit wrinkles at the armpits and bags a bit at the knees, which turns this familiar object of pop culture iconography back into what it originally was: Matt Fraction and David Aja's run on Hawkeye turned a Marvel also-ran into a real superstar okay, the Avengers movie probably helped, but still.
This version of Clint Barton has no secret identity — Fraction's idea was to make him just an everyday dude, dealing with aging and divorce and everything that happens while he is not being an Avenger. Aja's artwork is dramatic but unglamorous, and Matt Hollingsworth's muted, retro colors drive home Hawkeye 's workaday charm.
Plus Kate Bishop and Pizza Dog. Need we say more? Krazy Kat was never popular the way some of its contemporaries were. It was too weird, too aimless, too surreal and, frankly, too utterly fabulous. Luckily, it had one very important fan: Herriman's gender-fluid cat, his brick-hurling mouse, his looping, unique vernacular and his graphic imagination make Krazy Kat one of the greatest comic strips of all time.
A kat, a mouse, a brick — a timeless love story. Sometimes called "the last great newspaper comic," Calvin and Hobbes barely needs an introduction.
He often roller-skated through Hollywood in hopes of meeting celebrities. He also opposed private property in land ownership  and the institution of marriage and valued the ideals of chastity and sexual abstinence discussed in Father Sergius and his preface to The Kreutzer Sonata , ideals also held by the young Gandhi. The announcement that Marvel contracted Ta-Nehisi Coates to write a Black Panther series was cause for excitement in and out of comics circles. He believed that the aristocracy were a burden on the poor, and that the only solution to how we live together is through anarchism. Bradbury's legacy was celebrated by the bookstore Fahrenheit Books in Laguna Beach, California, in the s and s. Nonetheless, as a Federal facility, the camp protects the migrants from harassment by California deputies.
But we'll try anyhow: There's an imaginative little boy, his snarky stuffed tiger, his dubious parents and a lovingly warped universe of cardboard box spaceships, art, philosophy rule-bending ballgames, noir adventures and horrifying snowmen. Walt Kelly's lushly illustrated comic strip contained multitudes. On the surface, a bunch of funny-animal swamp denizens traded quips in a thick Southern patois for 27 years.
But every panel was packed with visual — and often quite literal — poetry. Groanworthy puns jostled alongside more sophisticated, allusive wordplay, all informed by the beating heart of a wry humanist who often couched stinging political allegory within the lazy antics of a philosophical opossum and his friends. Kelly's characters managed to broadly parody humanity's manifold ills — our greed, our self-importance, our disregard for the natural world — even as they celebrated what this hugely influential cartoonist saw as our essential good-heartedness.
This is the strip that gave the world "The Bechdel Test. Over more than 20 years, Mo, Sydney, Lois, Toni and Clarice and the rest of the gang grow and change, pair up and split up, argue about politics, culture and gender and pretty much everything else, honestly until they seem more real and rooted than a lot of people who aren't made up of lines on paper. Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts! The original run of Berke Breathed's '80s strip is one of the most quotable comics of all time. A mix of pointed political and cultural satire and gentle, meadows-and-dandelions sentiment, Bloom County began with a bunch of misfits in a Midwestern boardinghouse but expanded to poke fun at everything from presidential politics to penguin lust.
And with the introduction of Bill the Cat in , discerning comics fans got an epic riposte to that other orange feline cartoon titan, Garfield. Our panelist Maggie Thompson particularly wanted to include this charming s comic about life backstage on Broadway. Other postwar soap opera strips are still running — think Mary Worth or Judge Parker — but Leonard Starr's Mary Perkins won critical acclaim for its finely drawn panels and memorable characters. What we learn in his first story: He puts on his makeup for daily life; for his horror roles, he takes it off. What's not to love? If you tend to lump the late Charles Schulz's long-running series alongside its fellow funny-page denizens — all those bright, breezy kiddie-fare strips — then hoo boy, it has been a long time since you read it.
Peanuts characters worry about their lot in life, they cling to coping mechanisms, they get depressed, they develop unrequited crushes, and, again and again, they get duped into trusting that they'll be able to kick a football Spoiler: Yet sometimes — only sometimes, and only if they're Snoopy, the one Peanuts character who is completely comfortable in his skin — they dance. In Peanuts , as in life, that kind of joy descends only in fitful bursts, but descend it does, and it's enough.
Created in by cartoonist Marjorie Henderson Buell for The Saturday Evening Post , Little Lulu — a tough, resourceful girl with her hair in ringlets — went on to a long life as a newspaper strip and in comic books written and drawn, at least initially by John Stanley. Television, toys, films and international fame followed, keying off the strength and charm of Stanley's take, in which she was transformed from a typical comics-page irascible scamp into a scrappy young girl who always had her friends' backs well, mostly.
For decades, Little Lulu's presence on the comics page meant that millions habitually read the adventures of a young girl who consistently bested — outsmarted, outplayed and outmaneuvered — boys. It may not have been the sole reason for her runaway popularity. Lynda Barry remembers what it's like to be a kid with a vividness and emotionality that the rest of us have irrevocably lost.
All the confusion and logical leaps and frustrations of not being heard, all the hormonal hoops that puberty forces us to jump through — it's all still so richly available to her, and for years, in the syndicated strip Ernie Pook's Comeek , which appeared in alt-weeklies across the nation, she laid it all out on the page.
To read her characters' adventures — many of which read like breathlessly confessional diary entries — is to feel the shock of recognition, again and again: Their family life is hard — Barry never turns away from pain and heartbreak — but they find joy in music, and in creating something, even if it's just a daisy-chain tiara or a rubber-band ball. Did you know that Olive Oyl was created years before Popeye? Elzie Crisler Segar had been drawing Thimble Theatre for 10 years when he came up with the character of Popeye the Sailor Man; originally it was about Olive, her brother Castor and her boyfriend Ham Gravy.
But one day, Castor needed someone take him out to an island — and there on the docks was Popeye. He was only supposed to be a minor character, but readers loved him so much, Segar brought him back. The rest is history and rather a large quantity of spinach.
John Allison just announced that he's bringing an end to his Tackleford strips — the series of stories that began as Bobbins back in the internet Dark Ages think and morphed into Scary Go Round and eventually became Bad Machinery , a kid detective strip featuring the younger siblings of the original cast. But luckily for you, they'll all stay up online and you can discover for yourself the magic Allison makes out of a humdrum fictional British town and a bunch of aimless somethings. His art is constantly changing and evolving — but one thing stays the same: The rhythms of his dialogue are entirely his own, and they'll stick in your head until after a few pages you're thinking in the same cadences as the characters.
After some discussion, the judging panel nixed the idea of singling out specific comics on thenib. The Nib offers a bracing reminder, to those who need it, that comics as a medium can tell urgent, controversial, hugely vital stories in ways no other medium can. If your local newspaper's editorial cartoons strike you as fusty and predictable, click over to The Nib and poke around. Yes, that exclamation is supposed to be there — he considers it an honorific like "Ph. Just watch out for Mr. Meanscary, the alien disguised as a puppy butt. Ever wanted to go dude-watchin' with the Brontes?
Had an unhealthy fascination with obscure Canadian history? Really been annoyed at physically impossible female superhero costumes? Have we got a comic for you! Kate Beaton's deliriously silly when it isn't giving you all the feels Hark! A Vagrant is one of those comics that makes you feel smarter for having read it — and then makes you head to the bookshelf to catch up with her universe of literary and historical references.
Her beady-eyed characters smirk and caper, her rubbery lines dance all over the screen, and she can use a word like "velocipedestrienne" and make you love it. Readers loved this story, which starts with a kid in his bedroom, playing a beta copy of an unreleased video game — and then a meteor shower hits his house. He and his friends soon learn that by playing the game they've accidentally triggered the end of the universe — and what's more, they have to use the same game to play a new universe into existence. And did we mention that in the world of Homestuck , internet trolls are actually trolls?
Melanie Gillman's gentle colored pencils belie the seriousness of their story about Charlie, a black teenager who's questioning her sexuality — and whose parents send her to a pretty dangerous place: An all-white Christian summer camp. Charlie bonds with Sydney, a trans girl, as the campers hike toward a mysterious mountaintop ceremony, and Gillman uses their growing friendship to illustrate, in a beautifully organic way, the challenges gay and trans kids face on a daily basis.
Erica Moen and Matthew Nolan's charmingly NSFW Web comic began as a review of sex toys starting, of course, with the legendary Hitachi Magic Wand but has branched out into a friendly and accessible clearinghouse of information on everything from consent to polycystic ovary syndrome — often illustrated by well-known guest artists like Lucy Knisley and Trudy Cooper.
Our judge Spike Trotman also points out that Oh Joy is an invaluable resource for teens growing up in areas where accurate sex education is not on the curriculum. In possibly one of the most beautiful comics ever created, for web or otherwise, Minna Sundberg sets her story in a post-apocalyptic Scandinavia, 90 years after a plague turns most of Northern Europe into "The Silent World," teeming with monsters and magic. No one wants to venture outside the few safe spaces Sundberg's art, tinged with Nordic mythology, helps fill out a frozen world with elaborate, loving detail — check out this language tree she created to help set the stage for her story.
This is possibly the cutest, sweetest thing you'll read all year — and we absolutely mean that as a compliment. Ngozi Ukazu writes and draws this Web comic about Eric "Bitty" Bittle, a former figure skating champion and avid baker who joins his college hockey team and finds love with his handsome team captain — and loving acceptance from his fellow players. She has also created a world of ephemera, from social media accounts for her characters to an ongoing supplementary series explaining hockey jargon. You might have thought a comic about a gay, pie-baking college hockey player would be too obscure, too specific.
You would be wrong. Tom Siddell's Gunnerkrigg Court is one of the grand old dames of the Web comic world, so if you're into magic, mythology and goth-tinged boarding school hijinks Harry Potter fans, I'm looking at you , there are years' worth of strips to dig into. Young Antimony Carver arrives at her new boarding school, Gunnerkrigg Court, and almost immediately stumbles into a mystery involving a second shadow, mysterious woods and a possessed robot.
Self-possessed Annie and her best friend, tech genius Katerina, play well off each other as they explore the Court's secrets, and Siddell's art evolves along with their friendship. Cartoonist Tom Parkinson-Morgan sometimes goes by Abbadon, which is a pretty good name for the creator of this popular Web comic about an ordinary barista who — in the middle of an awkward encounter with her boyfriend — is suddenly transported to the ancient, chaotic city of Throne, built of god-corpses, center of the omniverse, and apparently, the place she's destined to rule. Once she finds her boyfriend Layered with myth, fantasy and religion, every page of KSBD is an offering, but to which god, no one knows.
Alastair Sterling, robotics pioneer, has been dead for 16 years. And now he is somehow alive again, in a synthetic replica of his original body, in a world where robots have advanced in a way he never dreamed of — and where his old partner and lover has made yet another version of him Blue Delliquanti's warm, organic lines and frequently wordless panels blur the same boundaries between machine and human that her characters are carefully, painfully trying to work out.
This road trip romance gets off to an explosive start: In one day, Amal calls off his arranged marriage, comes out to his disapproving parents, blacks out drunk and wakes up the next morning to find TJ making eggs in his kitchen. Amal has to get from Berkeley to Providence for his sister's college graduation — so he and TJ make a deal: TJ pays, Amal drives. As they get further across the country and closer to Amal's family, what began as random circumstance deepens into friendship — and then something significantly more intimate.
One of the few comics our readers chose that doesn't have an ongoing story, SMBC is your one one-stop shop for daily jokes about science, politics, relationships, deconstructing The Wizard of Oz and pretty much anything else creator Zach Weinersmith sets his pen to. Plus, you can click the big red button underneath each strip for an extra joke! Evan Dahm's mesmerizing tale of a nomadic tribe — Those Marked in White — whose unchanging existence is turned upside down by the arrival of a colonizing empire.
Imperial soldiers take a young tribal girl, Vattu, as tribute; back in their capital city, she learns there's far more to the world than endless marches through the grasslands after game. The comic moves slowly; some panels are completely wordless, but you'll be drawn in by its story of culture clash and colonization, and Dahm's wildly imaginative world building.
Ancient Rome with strange dog-snake centurions? Our judges had a hard time picking just one Raina Telgemeier book, but eventually we settled on the gorgeous, heart-tugging Ghosts. Cat and her family move to the beach town of Bahia de la Luna in the hopes that the air there will be better for her little sister Maya, who has cystic fibrosis.
The town turns out to be full of gentle ghosts, and Maya wants nothing more than to meet one — but Cat can't face even the idea of death. It fascinated me at school and, thirty years on, still does. It builds slowly in the style of The House that Jack built and is accessible for very young children as well as older pupils. It is beautifully illustrated and simply presented for impact.
Brendan Rifleman Macgill's War: Peter Simpson's Donkey, by Peter Stanley - the story of the donkey used by John Simpson Kirkpatrick on Gallipoli and beyond; told by the donkey, for upper primary readers. Alison Archie's War by Marcia Williams is fantastic. Beautifully illustrated and a wonderful mix of fact and fiction. I've got so much work from it with my class of Year Four it's been wonderful.
It is an account of the story of John Simpson Kirkpatrick a real character and how he and his donkey, Duffy, rescued over men during the campaign at Gallipoli. Simpson, born in England, loved leading donkeys along the beach for a penny a ride. So when he enlists as a stretcher-bearer in World War I, his gentle way with donkeys soon leads him to his calling. Braving bullets and bombs on the battlefields of Gallipoli, Simpson leads Duffy to the aid of Allied soldiers — earning both man and donkey a spot in Anzac history.
This nonfiction tale includes a map and brief bios of key characters. It is wonderfully illustrated, includes Sikh and Australian regiments, which helps children understand that the conflict was truly a world war. Andrew Well, someone has to recommend it: Great fun, action, adventure, and at least the author had been in action on the Western Front during the war.
Ian Only Remembered, edited by Michael Morpurgo. Set in London, twins Luke and Bella Knight have very different attitudes to the War — Bella wishes she could fight like older brother Jack, but as a young woman, she can't. Luke is filled with loathing for the violence of the war and becomes a conscientious objector. Reading this story as a teenager moved and affected me deeply. It is also unusual in that Luke and his family are black Londoners.
Andrew Biggles books by W. Peter Surely nothing can be bettered for young adults, if not for children, than Henry Williamson's great novel sequence A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight. The books, each of which can be read as a stand-alone novel, deal with the life of a London family in the Victorian age and in the run up to the war and, in 5 of its volumes starting in with the semi-autobiographical experiences of Williamson himself as a young volunteer.
It's a book that includes the letters sent home from the Front of an ordinary soldier and highlights the fact that for many young men going to war it was a great adventure. The letters home were designed not to worry the family so are quite mundane and avoid mentioning casualties.
It's real value for children lies in the use of original source material letters and postcards - a glimpse into the life of one young soldier who joined up at Megan Rix applauds the animals which played a vital role in the first world war. The author of War Horse and Private Peaceful talks to site members Orli and JDBookGroup's Fernando about how writing about war helps him cope with his own feelings about it — and how for him pity always comes before patriotism.
The author of the Boy In The Striped Pyjamas immersed himself in the letters written between soldiers and their families when he was writing Stay Where You Are And Then Leave, which centres on Alfie, a composite of the children left behind in the first world war, confused and suffering, missing their fathers and brothers.