Posts Tagged ‘Graphic Spotlight’

Graphic Spotlight: Twilight and friends

March 17, 2010

Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer and Young KimFirst thing I did when I got home last night? I curled up with a brand spanking new copy of Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 1. And it was awesome.

It has been awhile since I read the first book, so I can’t make a judgment call on how faithful the graphic novel was to the original text but there was one big change that surprised me: I actually liked Bella. What?! I didn’t like Bella in the book?! Weeeeelll, I didn’t not like her exactly–I just found her attitude towards other females extremely annoying. However, something about the way Young Kim draws her expressions makes her totally adorable in the Graphic Novel! Oh, and her crazy voluptuous, shiny hair is utterly captivating.

Now on the flipside, I found Edward less likeable when in graphic form; he kinda looks like the token jerk from a late 80′s after school program.

Overall, Kim’s work is fantastic: the variation in line texture, the soft photographic backdrops, and the subtle, poignant color changes give the graphic novel incredible feeling. Swoon, can you hear my heart beating?! I can’t wait for Volume 2!

Twilight isn’t the only series to go graphic. Check out these other popular titles that have had an illustrator’s touch:
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Graphic Spotlight: Stitches

November 28, 2009

stitchesStitches: A Memoir by David Small is quickly finding its way to the top of most booklists this year. Hmmm, David Small….David Small…where do I know that name?! SAY WHAT?! He is the author/illustrator of one of my favorite children’s books of all time, Imogene’s Antlers, and has illustrated like a million others including So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George, The Library by Sarah Stewart and The Underneath by Kathi Appelt!!! But I could tell by the creepy cover drawing of Small’s family (and his Grandmother’s frequent use of the word durn), that Stitches was not a story about how he used his wonderful childhood experiences to inspire his art. Nope, I learned quickly that, for Small, drawing was an escape from his childhood of physical and emotional abuse, disease, and neglect. INTENSE. PAGE. TURNER. What I considered most powerful about Stitiches is that despite the important people in his life doing monstrous things to him, Smalls did not portray them as monsters. The work is honest and raw and moving and somehow hopeful.

Amber

Graphic Spotlight: Castle Waiting by Linda Medley

October 7, 2009

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Castle Waiting by Linda Medley combines so many of my favorite things: Sleeping Beauty, a castle, a circus, funny creatures that act like British gentlemen and NUNS WITH BEARDS. I didn’t even know that nuns with beards were one of my favorite things until I read this book, but now nuns with beards are right at the top of the list with puppies. I don’t think I even have to tell you what the story is about–I’m THAT confident that I sold you on it by saying “nuns with beards.”

Okay, I will tell you a little bit what it is about: Sleeping Beauty has run off into the sunset with her Prince leaving behind her ladies-in-waiting to hang out in the castle. Soon odd guests begin to seek lodging in the castle, including a mysterious pregnant woman with the aura of a royal runaway, and share with each other their stories of love, loss, adventure, abuse, and facial hair.

So goodbye, Spice Girls–the nuns with beards are my new feminist icons.

Amber