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August 24, 2015

The Graveyard Book: The Graphic Novel

The Graveyard Book: The Graphic Novel
by Russell, P. Craig, adapting Neil Gaiman's novel

I think you should usually read a book before you see the movie, but what about graphic novel adaptations? Should you always read the novel first, before you read the graphic version? I haven't read Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, but I went ahead and read P. Craig Russell's 2-volume graphic adaptaion; and I loved it.

If you don't know the story: A child's family is murdered (a blood-dripping knife is the book's first picture) and, pacifier in mouth, the boy climbs from his crib, heads out the door, wanders up the street and into the graveyard, where he is adopted by spirits of the dead, much as Mowgli is adopted by animals in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

And there's Silas, who isn't the ghost of a dead person but who isn't quite a living person; and there are ghouls; and there's this underground thing called the Sleer; and, most unsettlingly of all, in some ways, there are live human visitors from the outside world.

Different artists illustrated different chapters, but P. Craig Russell brought it all together wonderfully. Here's a link to the second volume.

And the graphic Graveyard Book is available in Spanish: El Libro del Cementerio. Primer Volumen. Segundo Volumen.

        — Recommended by Glenn Halberstadt, Information Technology, but soon to be in our new Communications Department



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