Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Adaptation update-apalooza!

Man, it must be National Get Attention From Book/TV Fans Week for comics publishers, because over the past few days various blogs have been buzzing over sneak peeks of upcoming adaptation and continuation comics. Possibly of particular interest to HWC peeps:

Pushing Daisies

A wordless (so far?) sequence from the Pushing Daisies comic.

Pushing Daisies fans are known for two things: Being incredibly devoted and being incredibly disappointed. There's no known cure for the first, but a remedy for the second seems to be on its way: series creator Bryan Fuller recently tweeted a preview of the first page of the long-awaited comic-book-format continuation! Details on when the actual comic will debut are still fuzzy, but judging by the lovely artwork, it'll be just what Daisy-ites need after all these years.

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Character sketches of Felicity and Evilyn Loontwill from Soulless.

At last year's Comic-Con, the fine folks at Yen Press announced that the latest in their line of Young Adult novel adaptations would be Gail Carriger's Soulless series. Yesterday they finally gave us a glimpse at the work in progress: character sketches by adaptation cartoonist Rem! (Best known for her adaptation work on another YA series, Vampire Kisses.) Rem's style seems especially well-suited for Victorian-style outfits and hairstyles - I can't wait to see more art when the project gets closer to completion.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

The cover of the Vampire Academy graphic novel: Awesome-looking? Awesome-looking.

The most extensive of the recent sneak peeks, this USA Today article about the graphic novel adaptation of the bestselling series Vampire Academy is one you can really, ahem, sink your teeth into. (I'm here all week, folks.) It features tons of tidbits about adaptation cartoonist Emma Vieceli, such as this fan-reassuring quote:

While Vieceli wasn't familiar with the books before she was approached about the job, the British artist quickly fell in love with them. "I ate through the entire series and, like many, found myself wandering aimlessly about the house after Last Sacrifice, not knowing what to do with myself now that it was over," she says.

Best of all, there's a big ol' preview of the graphic novel attached - the Scribd viewer calls it 6 pages, but it's really more like 10. Behold the glory of two-page spreads!

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