So this week we have several women writers -- Emily Dickinson, H.D., and Kate Chopin -- adapted by Dame Darcy, Bishakh Som, and Rebecca Migdal. Darcy is perhaps the most prolific of the three; her comic series Meatcake has been published by Fantagraphics since 1992; set in the warped land of Faeiry (her spelling), it's a world she describes as "for folks with their heads in the 1800s and their crotches in the 2000s." Som, for his part, is one of the most eclectic artists in any of our volumes; born in Ethiopia in 1968, he says he was raised on a diet of Tintin and Indian folklore; he wryly says that nearly everything he learned about his parents' native India, he learned from comics. He's also a Harvard-trained architect -- and much much more -- check out this extensive profile at The Rumpus, which features a retrospective of his work. Rebecca Migdal is perhaps the least familiar of the three; her most widely known graphic work has been in Seth Tobocman's ongoing World War 3 series, but she's also worked in a wide array of media, including film, puppeteering, and performance.
So, in terms of gender at least, Darcy and Migdal are a match for their subjects. Still, it seems that elements of style and approach loom larger than those of identity here; Darcy's flowery get gothic faeryworld seems appropriate for Dickinson's poem; Migdal's sepia toned snapshots evoke the turn of the century with both artistry and realism, and Som's whimsical yet meticulous imagery seems to fit H.D.'s (H.D., an avant-garde writer closely associated with the Imagist movement, worked in genres that cross over the conventional lines between poem, play, and prose.
All the same, there's no way to anticipate how readers today might respond -- so what's your take? Are these artists and texts well-paired? Does gender even enter into it? And which of these spoke most strongly to you, and how?