Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Graphic Novel Versions of Your Favorite Fiction

I was reading Graphic Novel Reporter this week, and there a great series of interviews with comix creators, including a couple with Frank Beddor and Laurie Faria Stolarz, two novelists who have recently adapted their books into graphic novels. There's a lot of these adaptions out there, and if you love a book so much that you cry when you finish the last page every time you read it, perhaps you can turn to the comic version to experience a colorful version of your favorite book's universe. Maybe the pictures will look like the pictures in your head, or perhaps they'll inspire you to see the book as you never have before.
Frank Beddor's re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland, The Looking Glass Wars, is now also the vivid and surreal Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars. Join Hatter Madison, the red queen's bodyguard as he searches for Princess Alyss through a sinister and bizarre world.

Laurie Faria Stolarz's dark series about witchcraft is now Black is for Beginnings.

Other Young Adult authors that have gone graphic include Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Holly Black, Ellen Schrieber and many more. And comix go the other way too. There are novelizations of series such as Vampire Hunter D, Trinity Blood, Batman and more! Whether you read primarily fiction, non-fiction or comix, you can always find an easy path into something new, if you know where to look, or if you ask your friendly librarian.

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