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Confabulating Beastly Hunger Games*

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Beastly by Alex Flinn The other day I mentioned Beastly by Alex Flinn and mistakenly said it was by Suzanne Collins. I would love to read Beastly by Suzanne Collins, but sadly it’s only available in a parallel universe.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins I enjoyed Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (although I only read the first in the series) but her latest The Hunger Games is much darker and thought provoking. I read Beastly and The Hunger Games in quick succession and they morphed into one in my rantings about the Productivity Commission’s report on removal of parallel importation restrictions on books. I said the copy I read was printed in the US. Subsequently I looked more closely at the paperback Beastly and found no mention of where it was printed. I’m pretty sure it’s a US produced book due to the not-so-white paper and a second barcode on the inside front cover, which I don’t think Australian produced books have. Most books state where they were printed, as did the hardback of The Hunger Games I read (printed in the US).

I have a thing for pictures in books (in case you hadn’t noticed) and when a book has no pictures, I have to make do with the cover, thus I’m passionate about cover design. Despite my non-existent design skills, I have an amazing ability to establish just how lacking someone else’s design skills are :P which is what I’m about to do with Beastly and The Hunger Games.

I wasn’t particularly enamoured of the cover designs of either book. They’re both true to their contents but the “futuristic” font of The Hunger Games grated and the rose on Beastly annoyed me. You can’t really see this from the small pic of the cover, but it had some strange texture thing going on, which I obviously didn’t get. The roses in the story are real and the cover rose just looked photocopied. (Spanish cover is way better.) But I don’t hate everything, if you remove the dust jacket of The Hunger Games the golden mocking-jay on the plain binding is stunning.

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Written by ClareSnow

19 July 2009 at 4:33 pm

Australian Graphic Novels

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The Sacrifice by Bruce Mutard I’ve been waiting impatiently for more than a year for a graphic novel called The Sacrifice by Bruce Mutard to be published by Allen & Unwin (although I only knew vague details which were whispered in my ear). It was launched in April. I’m a bit slow and only just found this out from the Bughouse.

The Sacrifice draws compelling parallels between Australia then and now, and explores questions of courage, masculinity, tolerance and national identity that will resonate long after the book is read.

I’m always excited when an Australian graphic novel is published because there’s so few of them.

Perth based Gestalt Publishing started publishing graphic novels last year. Their most recent release, Waldo’s Hawaiian Holiday written by Alex Cox, with art by Chris Bones & Justin Randall, was also launched in May April in Perth and Melbourne. It’s the sequel to the movie Repo Man. Alex Cox had this to say about it:

Ten years after Repo Man, I became interested in the idea of a sequel. Specifically – what had happened to Otto, during his ten-year absence from Earth? And what would he make of the changes which had taken place in his absence? Otto, it would appear, has been held prisoner, in great luxury, on the planet Mars. Now he has returned to Earth, and changed his name – to Waldo

I had meant to blog about the Perth launch and Gestalt Publishing, but things got in the way.

Now I have some reading to do. And you might like to know that both these books are written for adults, although I’m sure there’s teenagers out there who might enjoy them.

Written by ClareSnow

6 June 2008 at 3:05 pm

From comic to movie

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Part of the reason I chose to study graphic novels was their growing popularity. I’m concentrating on teenagers’ reading of them, but they are written and published for all different age groups and their popularity with all age groups is increasing. Movies have been made based on comics for years, but it seems there are more and more these days. Last month on the GNLIB-L email list I read about upcoming movies based on comic books.

Iron Man 1 May
Speed Racer 12 June
The Incredible Hulk 12 June. Hadn’t someone done this recently? But it seems that was too “cerebral” and this not-sequel is more “action-filled” perhaps leave your brain at home :)
Wanted 27 June in US. I don’t know when in Australia, but I saw a trailer at the movies so it must be sometime. When I saw the trailer I thought, more of Angelina Jolie the hitman – blah blah blah.
The Dark Knight 17 July. I saw the trailer for this one too, before Heath Ledger’s demise and not recognising him as the actor. I was impressed with The Joker’s mania. But Gotham City is not meant to be sunny!
Hellboy II: The Golden Army 28 August
Dragonball when the email was sent this was being released in June, but it’s now April 2009, so you’ll have to wait.

The release dates are for Australia. Five are big-budget movies based on comic books and two are anime converted to live action.

Last year the movie 30 Days of Night was released. It’s based on the comic drawn by Perth’s Ben Templesmith, who I found out studied at Curtin. I love his artwork – those gaping red maws are truly nasty. Though of course his art isn’t in the movie. I haven’t seen the movie, but perhaps I’ll have to get a copy and see how long I can last watching it. Horror movies are sometimes a bit much for me – I might just stick to comics.

And if you want to know about more comics adaptations, the Film & TV Adaptations of Comics 2007 edition by Michael Rhode & Manfred Vogel is available online.

Written by ClareSnow

13 March 2008 at 1:39 pm

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