Dracula The Graphic Novel: Original Text Paperback – Feb 14 2012
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' Dracula comes alive! Stunning atmospheric artwork gives the reader a real insight into the characters. The perfect complement for teaching, this rendition retains the feel of the original book in a powerful way that will appeal to students.'
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'These well-produced adaptations work wonderfully as graphic novels, looking and reading like comics that kids will actually enjoy spending time with.'
School Library Journal --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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The classic novel brought to life in full color!
Jonathan Harker s business trip to Transylvania, to advise Count Dracula on the purchase of English property, soon turns into a living nightmare. Locked in Castle Dracula, Harker believes he will never return home to be with his beloved Mina. He heroically escapes, but is quickly dragged back into the Count s evil world, as he becomes involved with Van Helsing s plot to destroy the Prince of Darkness and his un-dead for the benefit of all mankind.
Bram Stoker s classic vampire tale is one of the greatest horror stories ever written. It first appeared in 1897 and rapidly gained momentum with Victorian readers. Its popularity grew through plays, further tales and later with movies, to the extent that the story and characters have become part of our culture. Now, using powerful, dynamic and dramatic artwork by the wonderfully talented Staz Johnson, we bring you an authentic adaptation of Stoker s masterpiece in this full color graphic novel, for a reading experience you will never forget.
" --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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The book is available in two versions: "Original Text", which adheres closely to what is in the novel, and "Quick Text", which is in more modern English for ease of reading. As I figured that reading Dracula in comic format was already easy enough, I chose the Original Text version. Jason Cobley's adaptation maintains the novel's format of 27 chapters, and large sections of narrative and dialog remain unchanged. There is no aura of romanticism here, as has been wrongfully inserted into so many adaptations - this Dracula is an evil manipulator and a true prince of darkness. Some events that have always stood out to me, such as Jonathan Harker's shaving incident, Dracula's crawl down the castle wall, and the log of the Demeter, lacked some of their impact; however, I was happy to find that the supporting characters maintained their individuality, which doesn't often happen.
Artist Staz Johnson has plenty of experience on superhero and science fiction titles, but with DRACULA, he gets a chance to show off his basic artistic chops. While he excels at conveying the terrifying atmosphere of the novel, his period renderings of mundane people, places, and things are beautiful. It's nice to see standard garments that don't inexplicably bulge with underlying muscle, or a train that actually looks like it was referenced. Of course, his Count Dracula is a menacing figure that stays true to Stoker's description, even adding the forehead scar. Johnson's layouts are very structured and stay clear of unnecessary experimentation, which makes it all the more straightforward. The book concludes with a section on Stoker and his creation, plus some behind-the-scenes information on the creation of this graphic novel.
This is the first release from Classical Comics that has truly impressed me visually, as the quality of art has taken a significant step upwards. Hopefully, there's more in store from the same creative team.
I have been an avid fan of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" ever since I read the novel when I was twelve years old. My imagination had already been fired up by watching numerous "Dracula" adaptations on-screen, especially the ones starring Christopher Lee as the formidable and cunning count, bent on corrupting the innocent to satiate his need for fresh blood. Classical Comics' adaptation does justice to Stoker's novel, and comes in two formats: a Quick Text edition which provides a modern English adaptation with illustrations that allows for a fast-paced read, or the Original Text version which provides an authentic experience of the classic novel enhanced with full-color, vibrant illustrations. I enjoyed the Original Text version of this classic novel (as did my student). The illustrations are dark and enticing, drawing the reader into the story, and enabling the reader to visualize the events as narrated by the various main characters such as Jonathan Harker, Mina Murray, Lucy Westenra, Dr. John Seward, Professor Abraham Van Helsing, and more. The combination of text and visuals adds a heightened sense of excitement to one's reading experience and I was engaged throughout, absorbed in the text as much as the visuals. One minor quibble is in the depiction of Professor Van Helsing. I think the illustrator was going for a formidable, stern demeanor in depicting Van Helsing, but instead I found some of the illustrations of the good Professor to be almost demonic-looking, and quite scary, in fact at times I thought I was looking at Dracula instead! I'm sure this wasn't the illustrator's intent, but it was unnerving all the same.
The adaptation here stays faithful to Stoker's source work and portrays the Count as an evil and cunning master manipulator who is bent on corrupting all those who come into contact with him, preying upon the innocent and vulnerable. Renfield's corruption and eventual salvation/demise is aptly captured through compelling visuals here as is poor Lucy's doomed fate. The illustrations capturing Van Helsing and company's pursuit of the Count heighten the suspense and make this even more of a nail-biting read.
I heartily recommend this Classical Comics' adaptation of "Dracula" to fans and those who are seeking a novel reading experience via the graphic novel format. It is stunning, creepy, and engaging all at the same time, and I think I'm going to get a copy for my home library.
This adaptation of the eponymous count’s story, which spawned a thousand imitations and started the ‘vampire industry’, is superbly and evocatively illustrated and the textual adaptation has been skilfully accomplished to render the text accessible while losing very little of the spirit of Stoker’s original.
The book also features a mini-biography of Stoker and a short piece on the evolution of the aforementioned industry and an article that provides an insight into how a graphic novel is created!
All in all, this book represents brilliant value for the price.