First published in 1956, Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" is a prophetic masterpiece—an
epic raging against dehumanizing society that overcame censorship trials and obscenity
charges to become one of the most widely read poems of the century.
Now a major motion picture, starring James Franco, Howl was directed by two-time Academy Award-winners Epstein & Friedman, who hired Eric Drooker to animate the poem.
Howl: A Graphic Novel visualizes the poem—stanza by stanza—with animation art Drooker designed for the film.
“In publishing 'Howl,' I was curious to leave behind after my generation an emotional time bomb that would continue exploding in U.S. consciousness, in case our military-industrial-nationalist complex solidified into a repressive police bureaucracy. . . .
“I was also curious to see how [Eric Drooker] would interpret my work. And I thought that with today's lowered attention span TV consciousness, this would be a kind of updating of the presentation of my work . . . He really captured that sense of Moloch I was going for in the second section of 'Howl'—‘Moloch whose buildings are judgment!’” —Allen Ginsberg
224 pages, full color, 9" x 7"
Harper Perennial, paperback