ULYSSES is considered a masterpiece of modernist English literature. Over the decades since it’s original publication it’s been translated and adapted into just about every possible media format; theater, film, tv, music, radio, and (of course) comics. Despite it’s widespread popularity, ULYSSES has also been the target of censorship, banning, obscenity allegations, and even organized book burning.
As a fan of ULYSSES, comic artist Rob Berry, along with a team of academics, lawyers and designers, decided to use unique digital storytelling techniques to create ULYSSES SEEN; a serialized adaptation of ULYSSES that is part digital comic, part readers guide, and part reference manual. The project is available both online and for iPad. Of course, in the grand tradition of the story itself, ULYSSES SEEN was briefly censored by Apple in 2010 but they have since reversed that decision and the App is readily available.
ULYSSES isn’t light reading by any definition so Berry’s undertaking is ambitious; however, if you’re a fan of the original work, James Joyce, or how digital storytelling tools can be used in new, creative ways you owe it to yourself to check it out.