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Listening With . . . Gareth Hinds Graphic Novelist New York, NY "I listen to a lot of classics I've been meaning to catch up on," says artist Gareth Hinds. (The Scarlet Letter was a recent favorite.) He does so when he's working on his own reinterpretations of the classics—graphic novel adaptations of everything from The Odyssey to Romeo & Juliet. Specifically, he listens while he's drawing and coloring the final art, a process that can take six to eight months of 8-hour days. "I find that the verbal part of my brain is pretty much completely unoccupied and ready to be entertained and/or educated. I go through a lot of audiobooks." Of course, "classics" encompasses a pretty wide range of material, as his own work attests. "I listened to Frankenstein while coloring The Odyssey, and it was a strange juxtaposition to be listening to this story with such a Gothic European setting while coloring sunny Mediterranean landscapes." —Jennifer M. Dowell "I listen to a lot of classics I've been meaning to catch up on. " 72 s AudioFile/ Photo by Jo Anna Perrin

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