Deal Me In, Week 9 ~ Klassik Komix #1


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Klassik Komix #1 by Steven Millhauser

Card picked: Six of Diamonds

From: The Barnum Museum

Review: A story told as descriptions of panels in the fictional first issue of Klassik Komix. The cover is described as having a lobster-man on the cover. The internal panels present a surreal evening in the life of our protagonist, a Victorian man named Alfred. Or, maybe the whole thing is just an inspirational dream that Alfred will use to fuel his writings.

Millhauser is a very visual writer. He does a great job of imbuing his descriptions of comic panels with overly vivid colors, repetitions of form, and the little details that are the shorthand of the comic form.

Blue lines of tension crease her forehead and two black vertical lines separate her arched blue-black eyebrows.

Story-wise, I feel like I’m missing an allusion. The descriptions are all very fine, but it doesn’t really go anywhere.

Interesting that I should read this story after last week’s Jack Kirby episode.

If you have a MyJSTOR account (and why wouldn’t you?),  the story is available in Grand Street, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Autumn, 1988), as well as in The Barnum Museum.

6 thoughts on “Deal Me In, Week 9 ~ Klassik Komix #1

  1. Pingback: Deal Me In – Week 9 Wrap Up | Bibliophilopolis

  2. Jay

    Hi Katherine,
    Sounds like an interesting method for telling a story. I’d be interested in seeing what Millhauser does with it myself. Neat “connection” to your story from last week too. (I had another story this week that was kind of “twinned” with an earlier DMI2014 read also. My second “pair” so far this year and completely unplanned.)

  3. Dale

    I second Pamela D’s comment! This is the only challenge I’ve ever been able to do. For me it’s the short length of the story (well, except for the one I read this week).

    Descriptions of comics to tell a story? Sounds intriguing even if the story didn’t go anywhere.

  4. Candiss

    “Millhauser is a very visual writer.”

    Ah, that gives me hope! I have his story “Cathay” on my list.

    I’m definitely intrigued by the storytelling device Millhauser used here.


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