Bloomsday (June 16th) is next week, and this year it includes a delightful kerfuffle between Apple Inc. and the creators of a graphic novel adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses, Ulysses Seen. Ulysses Seen was created as an iPad application, but also as a web site. The delight is that Apple’s policies forbid nudity in applications for sale through their App Store, so the graphic novel’s depictions of cartoon nudity have resulted in a couple of changes to the iPad version. If, like me, you don’t have an iPad, you can read the original versions online. The first section, Telemachus, is online. The rest will be published serially, and you can subscribe for updates.
One interesting additional feature of the website version is a Reader’s Guide, which provides context panel by panel. The tone and treatment are conversational, more like the (excellent) James Joyce A to Z than scholarly treatments like Gifford and Seidman’s Notes for Joyce or Blamire’s New Bloomsday Book–which I note that generations of Tufts scholars have heavily annotated.