Exhibition of original artwork by graphic novelist Eric Shanower, 21-25 Sept 2010, The Bristol Gallery

Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm; late night Thursday until 8 pm, Saturday 25, 10 am to 5 pm.

Author´s closing lecture: Saturday 25, 10:30 am.

Age of Bronze, the continuing graphic novel series by Eisner Award-win­ning cartoonist Eric Shanower, presents the complete story of the world-famous War at Troy, freshly retold for the 21st century. All the drama of the ancient and thrilling tradition unfolds before your eyes, with all the familiar people and events of the Trojan War.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAPrimary sources for Age of Bronze’s version of the Trojan War story begin with Homer’s Iliad, and include the three major tragedians: Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles, as well as other Greek and Roman works, such as Vergil’s Aeneid, and Medieval and Renaissance European sources, such as Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida. From Schliemann to cur­rent research, the art of Age of Bronze further incorporates archaeological excavations of the places where the story took place: Mycenae, Knossos, and Pylos and especially Troy itself.

While everything in Age of Bronze is based on existing sources, whether mythological or archaeological, the final product is a version for the 21st century. All the comedy, all the tragedy, all the wide canvas of human drama of the Trojan War unfolds within the pages of Age of Bronze. Shanower pays particular attention to detailed representation of settings, dress and iconography, following classical traditions but also going beyond them.

Age of Bronze appears initially in individual issues of the comic book se­ries. The story is then collected into volumes as graphic novels. Volume one is titled A Thousand Ships, volume two is titled Sacrifice, and the first part of vol­ume three is titled Betrayal. The series will span seven such volumes, has no equal on its subject in the medium, and few in literature. Age of Bronze lives up to its ambition to be the most complete retelling of the story of the Trojan War.

Classicists and critics alike have praised the series, which also received praise in the magazine Archaeology and The New York Times Book Review. Eric Shanower has won two coveted Eisner Awards for Age of Bronze, in 2001 and 2003, both in the Best Writer/Artist Drama category, and also a Gran Guinigi for Best Serialized Comic (2006).

Along with Age of Bronze, Eric Shanower is also author of the celebrated Oz graphic novels series. They are collected in a single large volume titled Adventures in Oz, published by IDW. He has recently published The Marvelous Land of Oz for Marvel Comics (2009-2010) and has contributed to the book Classics and Comics edited by George Kovacs and C. W. Marshall (Oxford University Press, 2010) with a 12 pages comics story titled 21st Century Troy.