IDW Entertainment is currently releasing a series of comics this year based on Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. As a big Douglas Adams fan, I'm excited to see what they do with the series!
Until I get my hands on a copy, I've compiled a wishlist of other things that I'd like to see adapted into graphic novel form!
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Windup Girl isn't a book I would have picked up for myself as more of a classics kinda girl, but boy am I glad I had to read it for my first-year English class. It's a gorgeous, gorgeous book - its comic would have to be in full colour. I think its vivid imagery - including elephants, fruits and factories in a semi-dystopian future - would make an incredible graphic novel given the right artist.
Russian Fairy Tales
There are plenty of beautiful children's books featuring illustrated Russian fairy tales, but I would love to see some of these folk tales' crazy characters adapted into a fuller, grown-up friendly story. Something like Fables but less terrible (sorry to fans of Fables). Who doesn't love a hut on chicken legs, right?
The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky
As big a fan of Dostoevsky as I am, most of his books would not work well as graphic novels. The ratio of internal dialogue to action would make the task of illustrating Dostoevsky almost insurmountable for a book like Crime and Punishment. The Double is a bit different, and in my opinion more accessible to the casual reader. In this downright creepy short novel, internal neuroses are turned outwards in the form of a doppelganger who starts taking over the life of the protagonist. I would love to see how an artist would handle two identical but different characters.
The Mighty Boosh
With the caveat that these would obviously have to be done by Noel Fielding and Julian Barrett, which will never happen. There are some short comics in The Mighty Book of Boosh that are really well done, if you ever happen to chance across a copy! A bigger collection of those would be awesome.
Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson
I read this book so many times as a kid. It's one of those ones where you can tell it's been loved because the spine is broken, the pages are all dog-eared and the corners are totally worn off. Anyways, it's a really fun story about a couple of kids who get kidnapped and end up living on an island with some really ugly mermaids, a sea monster and so on that would be funny and awesome with more illustrations. Which Witch would make a good graphic novel too.
The novels of Paul Quarrington
I might be in a fairly small fan club in my love for Paul Quarrington's novels. His books are simultaneously hilarious and full of human emotion, and generally revolve around casts of wacky characters. Not wacky like “Oh, that otherwise normal guy has a weird quirk,” either. I'm talking gay strongmen, eccentric gurus, emotionally stunted magicians, former rock stars who write music for whales, and so on. Seriously, someone needs to draw these things.
What books, TV shows, movies and so on would you like to see made into comics?
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HippieVan at 12:00AM, May 22, 2015
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