nancy butler

Jane for Japan

The Secret Identities folks have put up a bunch of things on Ebay for auction to help raise funds for aid relief for  Japan; two Sense and Sensibility pages amongst them, starting at US$20!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180653838302

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180653482539

do make a bid if you’re keen, its for a good cause 🙂

Sense and Sensibility HC Trade

Marvel’s Sense and Sensibility HC Trade has been up on sale for a bit i think, available at Amazon here.

Award-winning writer Nancy Butler, adapter of Marvel’s best-selling adaptation of PRIDE & PREJUDICE, returns to Marvel with another Jane Austen classic: SENSE & SENSIBILITY! Alongside incredible artist Sonny Liew (MY FAITH IN FRANKIE, WONDERLAND), Butler brings to life the world of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, two daughters without parents or means, forced to experience hardship, romance, and heartbreak, all in the hopes of achieving love and lasting happiness.

A couple of reviews of the single issues here and here, and a short one on the trade here.  There were some editorial issues with the singles though, which I think we’ve managed to fix for the trade, so do get a copy today! :p

Wonderlands and Liquid Cities

Sense and sensibility vol 1 listed for Marvel’s May solicits  🙂

http://marvelousnews.com/index.php?itemid=12809

“Marvel’s best-selling adaptation of PRIDE & PREJUDICE, returns to Marvel with another Jane Austen classic: SENSE & SENSIBILITY! Alongside incredible artist Sonny Liew (My Faith in Frankie, Wonderland), Butler brings to life the world of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, two daughters without parents or means, forced to experience hardship, romance, and heartbreak, all in the hopes of achieving love and lasting happiness. 40 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

The French edition of Wonderland is out in March, and last month Delcourt released volume 2 of  “Le Tour du monde en bande dessinée” (A World of Comics) which includes a story I did about Mas Selamat; quite an exciting thing to be included alongside creators like Gipi and the amazing  Carlos Nine! :p

Finally,  a review of Liquid City Vol1  at Popmatters. Vol2 due out in July! 🙂

Jane Austened

Started sketches for the Marvel adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, which will be written by Nancy Butler.  Did some of the covers for the Pride and Prejudice adaptation, but hadn’t really read any of Austen’s books before, and only had a vague awareness of all the movies made from her book…

It seemed like an intriguing challenge though; how to translate a novel into comic form, especially a story that featured no real action scenes, and where so much is just people talking in rooms….

So first thing to do was to read the book itself, followed by watching adaptations like Emma Thompson/ Ang Lee’s 1995 film and Andrew Davies’ more recent BBC production. The Thompson/Lee version was especially entertaining, but raised issues in terms of how true to the novel it was (something covered quite a bit in another book I picked up, “Jane Austen in Hollywood“). One of the thorny issues of adaptations i guess; how much to adapt to modern sensibilities, how reverential to treat the source material.

That’s mostly Nancy’s call though – the main goal on my part would be to try to make the adaptation make sense as a comic – to justify its existence, maybe, through the use of comics language. The Karasik/Mazzuchelli adapation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass might be a touchstone of sorts…

Interpretation aside, there’s the issue of character designs, which is kinda like a casting process, figuring  out how to make the characters look right, how to avoid being too influenced by movie or tv versions… particularily tricky in Sense is Edward Ferrars, who is supposed to be plain looking in the book, but is usually played by attractive actors – difficult I suppose to separate the idea of interior worth and exterior looks when it comes to any visual medium? (Or let’s face it, much of Life Everywhere)

A couple more sketches can be found on the deviantart site here.

In the meanwhile, a lot more research to do; period costumes, architecture… i wonder if the prodcution crews of the movie and tv adaptations kept any of their notes, and if they would lend me some :p