Short Take: Gaiman Alert! The Graveyard Books Graphic Novel: Volume 1

Heads up, Gaiman and graphic novel fans. Part 1 of a spectacular visual rendering of Gaiman’s Newbery-winning classic is out at the end of the month. PW has an illuminating interview with the illustrator: “It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child: PW Talks with P. Craig Russell.”

“As he did with Coraline, Russell makes the recasting of Gaiman’s Newbery-winning novel into graphic form look easy with this vastly entertaining adaptation, first in a two-book set (the second volume is due in late September). Russell conceives the look and layout of the graveyard world [and] six artists, including Kevin Nowlan, Stephen B. Scott, Galen Showman, and Jill Thompson, contribute a chapter apiece. The overall effect is remarkably unified, and the thread of the narrative is always crystal-clear….The artwork sets out to entertain rather than to horrify; even the initial murder scene has a certain tranquility. It’s a treasure worth having even if the novel is already on the shelf.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1 (9780062194817) by Neil Gaiman; illustrated by Craig P. Russell. $19.99  hardcover. 7/29/14 on sale.

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