Steve Gettis, Macher der Website Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobberin’ Time!!, auf der er Zeichnungen von Illustratoren und Comic-Zeichner Zeichnungen von Autoren der Weltliteratur postet, hat für Wireds Underwire ein paar der besten Arbeiten dort rausgesucht. Und die sind stellenweise abartig gut, obige Illustration von Orson Wells oder auch die Zeichnungen von Neil Gaiman und Alan Moore sind der absolute Abschuß.
Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobberin’ Time!! is run by Steve Gettis, who got the project off the ground in 1998 by firing off 10 letters to illustrators whose work he enjoyed, asking if they might pass along sketches of their literary favorites.
“I’ve always had a huge passion for books and comics, and asking artists to interpret a literary character or author they loved seemed to be a pretty interesting fit,” Gettis said in an e-mail interview with Wired.com.
He got an all-star response. “It was received amazingly well,” said Gettis. “After getting a few back, including an illustration of Don Quixote by Will Eisner, I set up the website to share them. Since then, it’s taken on a life of its own.”
Now the site brims with portraits of literary lions and sci-fi influencers like Arthur C. Clarke, Neil Gaiman and Orson Welles (pictured above). A few years ago, Gettis jettisoned the site’s original name — the dryly scholastic Artistic Interpretation of Literary Figures — in favor of something a bit more kinetic. Inspiration soon hit him with force.
“I heard my 4-year-old son using the Fantastic Four’s Thing to beat the snot out of the Irish playwright, yelling ‘Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobberin’ Time!’” Gettis recalled. “Finding it hilarious, I changed the name. At first, I thought I would rotate it sporadically to ‘Hey Tom Bombadil!‘ or ‘Hey Bertie Wooster!’ But it never happened.”