Sunday, January 24, 2010

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1

It was announced that Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 will be released on March 16, 2010. The press release for volume one can be read at Stephenie Meyer's website. Twilight is being made into a graphic novel and will be released in two volumes due to its original length.

A portion of the press release states the following:

Twilight: The Graphic Novel contains selected text from Meyer's original novel with illustrations by Korean artist Young Kim. A rare fusion of Asian and Western comic techniques is reflected in this black-and-white graphic novel with color interspersed throughout. Meyer consulted throughout the artistic process and had input on every panel.

"I've enjoyed working on this new interpretation of Twilight," said Meyer. "Young has done an incredible job transforming the words that I have written into beautiful images. The characters and settings are very close to what I was imagining while writing the series."

And while most know the story of Twilight by now the Publisher Synopsis simply states:

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret...

Beautifully rendered, this first installment of Twilight: The Graphic Novel is a must-have for any collector's library.

Entertainment Weekly (January 29, 2010) revealed 10 pages including the cover (above) and the page shown left where Edward and Bella are in Biology class. Yes, even vampires have to take Biology! Some of the pages in EW also have color infused.

I think this is very exciting news! For Twilight fans and for young adult vampires in general. This brings the series out to another audience. One that may not have read the books yet and may read these instead. And it may spur their interest to read beyond Twilight. There are other young adult vampire series that have done something similar, such as Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives (Manga) series by Ellen Schreiber. Just as Blood Relatives are nice side stories to the Vampire Kisses, the Twilight Graphic Novel will be visually additive to the storyline and characters that are in the hearts of many Twilight fans already and may find new homes with this new release. And from what I've seen in my EW magazine and the 10 pages it is going to be a beautiful view!

I am excited to be your new young adult vampire reviewer at VampChix and hope you will check back for the next ya title. You can also find me at my blog READ~WRITE~REVAMP or at my Fresno Books Examiner site. Thank you. ~Shauna Kemp


Emme Toaye said...

Wonderfully inspiring blog reviews and I just have to go check out your "Vampire Kisses" section so here's to Champagne wishes and Vampire Kisses! Keep up the great work here.

Shauna Kemp said...

That is encouraging to hear, because I love writing them and hearing from others about them as well. Thank you for the toast, cheers! Until next time. :)