The Vampire Lestat Graphic Novel by Anne Rice
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  • The individual issues and the complete trade paperback fetch a high price on Ebay

    • by Rory

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      Over the past two decades, I’ve become a huge fan of graphic novels but the one book that would forever be precious to me is the first graphic novel I’d bought, namely The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice.

      Published by the now defunct company Innovation, The Vampire Lestat Graphic Novel to me had everything I was looking for in a good novel-to-comic book adaptation – faithfulness to the original, good editing and great art.

      Faye Perozich did a great job of adapting the graphic novel by staying true to Anne Rice’s narration and dialogue. Editing

      by David Campiti allowed for the few rewritten bits to flow fluidly so that the words complemented the images on the pages.

      And then there’s the art. The lavishly painted pages are truly a feast for the eyes, with magnificent pastel colored locales and moody chiaroscuro images of vampires and their victims. One style that I really loved was the drawing and painting of the image directly on black background, so that you don’t know where the image ends and the background begins. I have yet to see this style done in the current ...

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        It is particularly delightful to see the characters rendered visually, so that now you have a face to go along with what you have read in the novel. Kudos should be given to the artists in their attempts to render Lestat himself. Every diehard Anne Rice fan knows that Lestat’s physical appearance was based on actor Rutger Hauer. Even in his youth, Hauer has facial features that are very difficult to set on a comic book page. And yet, these artists have somehow managed to achieve it, albeit with

        obvious difficulties as evidenced by some facial inconsistencies. But this is forgivable if one takes into consideration the quality job done on the entire book itself.

        Presently, I’ve heard that The Vampire Lestat Graphic Novel is considered one of the most sought after collectibles among comic book fans. The individual issues and the complete trade paperback fetch a high price on Ebay. The monetary value of the book aside, I would forever cherish my copy of The Vampire Lestat Graphic Novel, knowing that it would give me great reading pleasure in the years to come.

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