Mauritius Caesar

by Ben Merrylees

Think a summer spent reading Shakespeare sounds dull? Then how about a summer reading graphic novel adaptations of Shakespearean plays?! WIth some funding from The University of Vermont’s Office of Undergraduate Research and the guidance of Shakespeare-extraordinaire Professor Andrew Barnaby, this is exactly what I got to do with the time between my Junior and Senior years. After getting a look at how other artists translated Shakespeare’s language into the fresh medium of comics, I took the next step and tried my hand creating some cartoon vignettes of my own. This adaptation reworks a piece of Shakespeare from “Julius Caesar,” and attempts to reimagine the Bard’s classic lines in an entertaining new way.