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My comic book envy knows no bounds

Posted May 18, 2013 into Comics by John Birmingham

Having enjoyed Red Country so much, and realised it's the most recent in a long line of novels set in the same story world, I went back last week to the start of the First Law series, to The Blade Itself. I did wonder how I'd go reading the two titles in eactly the opposite direction to that intended by Joe Abercrombie, and with half a dozen or more titles missing in between.

Not a problem. In fact, in a wierd way knowing what becomes of Logan, the 'Bloody Nine', made it even more engaging to go back to his creation mythology in Blade. I'll slot one of these books in for BookClub later this year, but first I wanted to indulge in a little pity party for myself because Joe beat me, and beat me well, to having a graphic novel of his series come out.

There's a couple of panels below which will give you some idea of how lush but precisely detailed is the artwork. I've only just read the chapters these scenes are pulled from and they seem like hyper real renderings of my own imagination.

I'm dying imagining how some of Caitlin or Miguel's scenes in the Disappearance books would look on the page in this format.

If you're interested in sussing out the rest of First Law in comic book form I have happy news. It's free over at FirstLawComic.com. Just point your mouse at the archive. It is an ongoing project, so only the first couple of editions are up, but new pages go live every week.

From the site:

The books have sold over 2 million copies and are published in 26 languages, now Blind Ferret bring you a comprehensive, full colour graphic novel of The First Law adapted by Chuck Dixon and edited by Rich Young, with art by Andie Tong, Colors by Pete Pantazis, Letters and Design by Bill Tortolini, and with input and oversight at every stage from Joe Abercrombie. It will be available, free to anyone with an internet connection, here at www.firstlawcomic.com, with new pages released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Entire 22 pg issues are available from ComiXology, with guided view and bonus content. Finally, every four issues will be combined in printed collections with further bonus material.

JB is envy.

13 Responses to ‘My comic book envy knows no bounds’

Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted May 18, 2013

Maybe you can get the same guy who did the Felafel graphic novel adaptation to take a stab at the Disappearance.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

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John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted May 18, 2013
I have a couple of people in mind. But each artist has their own very particular style, and I have a very particular style I want. Unfortunately Joe's already locked up that artist.

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damian is gonna tell you...

Posted May 18, 2013

You could take on an intern from the bit of Southbank Griffith that used to be Seven Hills. Didn't you always want to sculpt a neophyte artist in your image?

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted May 18, 2013

I could, but that would be grotesquely exploitative. Which would be wrong. I suppose.

damian puts forth...

Posted May 18, 2013

Maybe, but only if you don't offer royalties, and portugese custard tarts

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Blarkon asserts...

Posted May 18, 2013

Transmetropolitan. When will you read Transmetropolitan? Barnes and I have been on you about that forever.

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Spanner mumbles...

Posted May 18, 2013

I've bought all of King's Dark Tower graphic novel's. Some are retellings of the novels and some fit extra stories into the timelines. They do put the graphic into the story, of my does the blood splatter.

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Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 18, 2013

Indeed Transmetrololitan is good, perhaps if ComiXology,offer it as a free comix day intro.

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Blarkon puts forth...

Posted May 18, 2013

Transmet issue 1 is 99 cents on Comixology (each of the other 60 issues is 2 dollars)

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted May 18, 2013

Too rich for Birmo's blood

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 19, 2013

I can't wait to read this.

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ShaneAlpha would have you know...

Posted May 19, 2013

Tsk, Tsk, I'm sorry JB but just because you have a preconcieved idea about the visual style you want dosen't necessarily mean that it's the only style to tell that story. There are many good artists here in sunny BrisVegas, why don't you put the word around and ask for 2 page submissions of a scene for the book? You might find a different style that grabs you by the balls and squeezes.

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