The Wire Finally Achieves Its Goal of Becoming a Dickensian Novel

One of the funniest things to me about David Simon’s seminal show The Wire, was the repeated comparison by the media to “Dickensian” literature. Throughout the show’s run you couldn’t read anything about the show, without encountering the phrase: “the Dickensian aspects of The Wire.” Or something to that effect. It was frankly annoying, because the people throwing around that term probably who no fucking idea what they were saying.

It got so bad that by season 5, Simon wrote a newspaper editor character who would constantly throw the same term around regarding various stories at his paper that he deemed Pulitzer worthy. Which was a really funny and subtle jab.

But now, it’s true! Thanks to the nifty illustrations of Sean Michael Robinson with text by Joy Delyria, over at The Hooded Utilitarian, who transposed the events of the television show into a Victorian era serialized novel. Read the entire thing here.


If you read closely, you’ll notice that the two pages above are the now-infamous McNulty and Bunk investigation scene where they only say “fuck” in varying cadences.

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  • NoahB March 25, 2011, 9:35 am

    Hey James. Thank you for the link. Just FYI, though; the text is by Joy Delyria; Sean did the illustrations.

    Thanks again!

    • jamesfurbush March 25, 2011, 10:14 am

      Derp, thanks Noah! Keep up the great work!

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