Straight for the art | Matt Wiegle's <i>1984</i> video

Even if you haven't read George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four, you're undoubtedly familiar with its ominous mantra-like totalitarian slogan, "Big Brother Is Watching You." Now you can watch Big Brother right back, courtesy of Ignatz Award nominated comics creator Matt Wiegle. Wiegle's illustrated a summary video of Orwell's novel for Sparknotes.com, Barnes & Noble's study-guide site. You can check out sketches, pencils, and inks for many of the scenes in the July and August archives of PartykaUSA.com, the website of Wiegle's comics collective -- as well as a few full-color finished versions at my other blog.

This isn't the first time Wiegle's worked with Sparknotes: He helped adapt Romeo & Juliet into graphic-novel form for their No Fear Shakespeare series. (To see him work with a vastly less talented creator, you can read three comics he and I did together at Top Shelf 2.0 if you're so inclined.)

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