4 Alternative Illustrated Adaptions Worth Adding to your Bookshelf
Written by Lyndon White
Adaptions are everywhere. The classics are remade, retold and rebranded time and time again, bringing old fans and new to a familiar voice. Lyndon White is currently using Kickstarter to create an adaptation of his own, specifically H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu. He's highlighted four choice adaptations below, as well as some information on his new project.
Beowulf (2016, Image Comics)
Santiago Garcia & David Rubin
Image is mostly known for their serialized comics, but Beowulf breaks the mould. Taking the epic poem and transforming it into an oversized visual masterpiece. Santiago Gracia and David Rubin use parts of the original text to expand the character and adapt it into the graphic novel format. All aspects of the story are covered from Beowulf's fight with Grendel, his time with sea monsters to a battle with a dragon. The story plays out as expected with subtle character moments that bring warmth to the story. At times, panels and scenes use little or no text leaving the artwork to speak for itself and guide the reader through the story.
The Graveyard Book (Harper Collins)
Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russel, Kevin Nowlan, Jill Thompson, David Lafuente, Stephen Scott, Scott Hampton & Tony Harris
Originally adapted as a two-part graphic novel, you can now get the collected story in a single volume, visualising Gaiman’s mix of murder, fantasy and horror with a team of expert artists. The graphic novel is a faithful adaption, remains true to the original story and is presented in a sleek hardback case. The Graveyard Book follows a normal boy, or would be if he wasn’t being raised by ghosts in a graveyard. Each chapter is illustrated by a different creator from the comic book world. Showcasing a verity of styles and talent that the medium can offer. This one is a great entry into Gaiman’s work for all comic readers, or a familiar friend to fans of the author.
|H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu
This adaption is in the form of a concertina book, a fold-out book that tells The Call of Cthulhu through a series of 10 illustrations. You can read it like a normal book or fold it out and display it as a piece of artwork. Aside from the blurb on the back of the book, there is no text, leaving the reader to dissect the narrative through the art alone. Rather than presenting the reader with multiple illustrations of Cthulhu, Lyndon White has instead focused on telling the story based on the original text, focusing on the mystery and build up to revealing Cthulhu at the end of the book. Similar to Ben Templesmith’s Dracula, this is White’s The Call of Cthulhu, visualising Lovecraft’s work through the illustrators’ eyes.
The book is currently Kickstarter to pre-order and help raise the funds to cover the printing costs. Check it out here.