Monday, May 16, 2011

Graphic novels, comic strips and fan art

There are days when I just love my job. Most days actually. But some days are better than others: like when I get to do nothing but write all day then read a little on the beach before going for a swim. (Yes, I'm back in Florida and loving it.) Or days when someone is inspired by something I've written and creates their own art, sends it to me, and inspires me all over again. Creativity feeds creativity. Keep it coming!

As many of you know, I'm doing a graphic novel (working title FEVER MOON: THE FEAR DORCHA) which, I'm pleased to say, is coming along beautifully. It's been a fascinating process. A graphic novel requires a very different tool belt than a book. In a book, I can describe the Sinsar Dubh at length. In a graphic novel I have to decide how to convey the nature of a living, sentient, evil manuscript in a single image that must be instantly impactful and identifiable as what it is. Don't expect exact replications. In FEVER MOON, some of the choices have been artistic. But enough for now about MY graphic novel. It isn't nearly done and I'm not going to talk about it much more until the release date is near.

In the meantime, a fan sent me HER version of a comic strip that brings to life a scene from my book Shadowfever. (I'm capitalizing words because I worry that since I mention the real, OFFICIAL graphic novel in the same blog entry about a FAN-CREATED comic strip, some of you will walk away thinking the strip I'm about to post is from MY graphic novel and it's NOT. :)

First, Mathia did a painting of the scene where the Seelie and Unseelie armies meet in a dark street in Dublin. Isn't it fecking fantastic? Because I run a PG-13 site, we had to censor the Unseelie Prince's full...uh, glory.



And here's her comic strip depicting the moment Mac chooses to walk away from temptation, with a little help:). I was blown away by how beautifully she illustrated the scene. I love it!

SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T READ SHADOWFEVER--DO NOT READ THE COMIC STRIP.



I was fascinated by how neatly the dialogue lent itself to the visual version. She did an amazing job bringing it to life. Please respect the artist's copyright. To see more of her work, visit her page at deviant art. Isn't she wonderful?

13 comments:

Caisee said...

Well I'm impressed! haha I enjoyed that. She did a really great job! She captured that moment in the book well. :)

Teresa S said...

Omg. That is FANtastic. I can't wait to see yours.

Teresa S said...

I looked at her page and she really did such a beautiful job with them all. (Don't want to spoil)
Thanks for sharing with us.

Carissa said...

Simply Fabulous!

Libby Ann S. said...

OMG love it! It's exactly how I see it in my mind. And I giggled at the 'censored' part. hehe

Fantastic job!

Cynical Nymph said...

This is very exciting!

whsmediagal1 said...

I thought her graphics were very good. Absolutely loved the book. I was somewhat surprised that Jericho looks like a blond in the graphics.

Elishia said...

wow. those illustrations are exquisite. Truly talented.

and the censored part made me chuckle. hehe

Anonymous said...

This is great!
Wanted to say how much I love that you support fanart

Maren said...

Woooow, I really wish I could draw like this! Thanks for sharing.

(AND I wish I could see what's benetah that "censored" part, haha!! :D)

Karen said...

Absolutely beautiful!
I'm glad that I decided to pop in today and got a chance to see this. She really has a lot of talent.

Noctame said...

beautiful! XD I can't wait for the graphic novel!

analisa said...

OMG after reading the comic strip I think I fell in love with Barrons all over again !!! Is that even possible ?? I miss Mac and Barrons so so much !!! I can't wait for the GN !!! Matthia is a great artist, and you are also a great inspiration :)