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The Epic of Gilgamesh


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The most complete Gilgamesh in translation--including the new discoveries from tablet V.

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KENT H. DIXONis primarily a prose writer, but has published in all genres, including poetry and screenwriting. His fiction and nonfiction has been published in Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Shenandoah, The American Prospect, among others. Recent translations include Mallarme'sL'Apr s-Midi d'un Faunand Rilke's "Leichen-W sche." In collaboration with Japanese students, he has translated previously unpublished hibakusha (A-bomb survivor poetry), inAmerican Poetry Reviewand inLuna- Journal of Poetry and Translation. With his artist son Kevin, he has the opening graphic novel excerpt of The Epic of Gilgamesh, in editor Russ Kick's 2012 three volume anthologyThe Graphic Canon. Kent was educated at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from University of Iowa--the Writers' Workshop. He teaches Creative Writing at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he lives with his writer wife.

KEVIN H. DIXONis known for the autobiographical series ...And Then There Was Rock, "...true stories about playing in a crappy loser band." With collaborator Eric Knisley, he producedMickey Death and the Winds of Impotence, for which they won a Xeric Award. Kevin has done cover art for small presses in Chapel Hill NC; run comic series in local newspapers; hosted 'underground' talk radio shows; and contributed the cover to the first volume ofThe Graphic Canon, an Oliver Twist for the second volume, and a Brothers Grimm tale forThe Graphic Canon of Children's Literature. Kevin lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and their three cats.


"The Epic of Gilgamesh succeeds in revitalizing humanity's most ancient tale with a fresh take on the original text, enlightened by Kent H. Dixon's impeccable scholarship and brought to life by Kevin Dixon's skillful graphic storytelling techniques. Readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the original story will delight in discovering the creators' wry touches of humor and imagination as they reinterpret this classic saga in comics form." --Matthew J. Smith, Ph.D., co-author of The Power of Comics: History, Form, and Culture

"This comic take on Gilgamesh offers readers a playful, action-packed, eminently readable new spin on this oldest of stories. Kent and Kevin Dixon imbue the ancient quest with a goofy, good-natured sense of fun, even as they evoke the subtleties of its timeless themes."--Rolf Potts, essayist and author of Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn't Go There

"An ancient tale refashioned in the style of underground comix from the 1970s, The Epic of Gilgamesh by the Dixons is the best kind of scholarly comic; one that is authentic, surprising, and accessible. Bringing contemporary readers to long forgotten lands and tales of adventure, The Epic of Gilgamesh is a welcome addition to the graphic canon." --J.T. Waldman, author and illustrator of Megillat Esther
and Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me (with Harvey Pekar)

"Thanks to Kent and Kevin Dixon for creating this monumental work, as well as the timely and therapeutic reminder that horrible flesh-eating monsters, great sex, and gargantuan egos have always been nestled comfortably within our collective DNA---and at 5,000 years old, the epic feels positively 21st century. I was blown away by what they have achieved." --David Catrow, author and illustrator of the Max Spaniel series and When God Made You (with Matthew Paul Turner)

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