So, I see that Patricia Brigg’s new graphic novel, Homecoming, has been doing well on the NYT bestseller’s list. Glad to see she has an audience there. As for me, I have no intentions of buying it. No offense. I just think there is a loss of crossover appeal there (for me) as the characters are 1) not new and 2) the artist is trying to compete with my image of these characters and that will never do.
I ran across this round table discussion at the Graphic Novel Reporter where they discuss Adapting Prose to Comics. There’s even some tidbit info about Diana Gabaldon’s scripting new graphic novel, that, get this, is told from Jamie’s point of view from the Outlander series! But to highlight,
Betsy: Due to the costs involved in hiring so many contributors to the job—pencilers, inkers, scripters, letterers, colorists if the work is in four-color—economics demand that authors who have a large and loyal fan following are the best choice for adaptation. Titles with a strong dose of the fantastic seem to have been the most successful so far: Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and Stephen King’s Dark Tower series have done very well.
Bottom line, I’m not all that enthusiastic about this new or not so new trend of adapting popular fiction works into graphic novels or comic books. I believe that not every work will translate well in this format. I don’t need a visual hook and I’m not enticed by the seemingly new story seen from a different pov. Just not for me, I’m afraid. Not unless I’ve had a mind sweep where my memory is wiped clean of all prior knowledge of characters and character history.
Enough about what I think. What do you, the reader, think about this? Is there something new and different and fresh being added when popular fiction gets adapted as a comic book?
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