Written as a mock guidebook for a prince, Niccolò Machiavelli’s famous work The Prince is now a graphic novel at the hands of writer and illustrator Morim Kang. Using quick drawings and some modern conventions, Kang helps bring the pages of The Prince to an easy to understand graphic novel. Though the long written passages of Machiavelli are still there, Kang has illustrated the important elements of history that accompany these sections.
Morim Kang includes a few historical inaccuracies in the interest of explaining to a modern audience just what Machiavelli may have meant. in one particular passage, he includes two rulers speaking on cellphones rather than speaking to messengers. He also uses some more modern languages to explain the history. The passages explain both Eastern, Middle Eastern and Western history all together in one collection to help the reader understand how they are all connected. The most interesting sections are those about the Borgia family and the Catholic Church’s involvement in the politics of the time.
Here are a couple pages:
The Prince as adapted by Morim Kang is available April 1, 2015 from Netcomics.