We are bookhounds, ever in search of a new scent, a new story, a new way of weaving words. And there’s something in the air, a barely-there trace of change. So, what *is* the deal with all of these new graphic novel adaptations/translations/interpretations of classic science fictional works that we’re seeing in bookstores and on library shelves these days? We put our noses to the forest floor and hunt for answers, among the thickets of juvenile, young adult, and adult science fiction and fantasy. We’re particularly interested in answering three questions: Why now? What makes science fiction and fantasy such a good fit with the visual form? And what, if anything, does SFF offer the graphic novelist that other genres/modes/cats may not?
Several works to keep your eyes peeled for:
- “The Handmaid’s Tale” (novel by Atwood, graphic novel by Renée Nault)
- “The Giver” (novel by Lowry, graphic novel by P. Craig Russell)
- “Wool” (novel by Howey, graphic novel by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray)
- “A Wrinkle in Time” (novel by L’Engle, graphic novel by Hope Larson)
- “Alien3” (original screenplay by Gibson, graphic novel by Johnnie Christmas)
- “Kindred” (novel by Butler, graphic novel by Damian Duffy & John Jennings)
- “The Forever War” (novel by Haldeman, graphic novels by Marvano)
- “The Golden Compass” (novel by Pullman, graphic novels by Stéphane Melchior-Durand & Clément Oubrerie)
We also spend some time pondering those works we *wish* someone would adapt into the graphic medium, those that make especially good use of the graphic medium to add layers of nuance and interest to a story, and the potential pitfalls of slavish remakes of classic texts.
If we missed an interesting graphic novel (or comic) adaptation of a work of science fiction and fantasy, we’d love to hear about it!
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