Graphic novel adaptations are not new, comic books based on classic literature could be found as early as the 1940’s and 50’s. Lately, however, there’s been a new crop of adaptations in graphic novel format that deserve some attention. While an adaptation of a book can never take the place of the original, it has value as a companion piece to the original, offering a fresh perspective on a well-established tale. This is particularly true of graphic novel adaptations, where illustrations and a change in pace can breathe new life into an older book. Even when a book isn’t all that old, a graphic novel interpretation allows us to see the story from a different angle.
We have a whole bunch of graphic novel adaptations on our shelves, for all ages. Here are some of our favorites.
The Handmaid’s Tale, original story by Margaret Atwood ; art & adaptation by Renée Nault.
Animal Farm, original story by George Orwell ; adapted and illustrated by Odyr.
The Great Gatsby, original story by F. Scott Fitzgerald ; illustrated by Aya Morton ; text adapted by Fred Fordham
City of Glass, original story by Paul Auster ; adaptation by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli
American Gods 1: Shadows, story and words by Neil Gaiman ; art by Scott Hampton
A Game of Thrones, original story by George R.R. Martin ; adapted by Daniel Abraham ; art by Tommy Patterson
FOR TEENS (and adults, too!):
The Hobbit, original story by J.R.R. Tolkien ; adapted by Charles Dixon with Sean Deming : illustrated by David Wenzel
To Kill a Mockingbird, original story by Harper Lee ; adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham
Jane (based on Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë), written by Aline Brosh McKenna ; illustrated by Ramón K. Pérez
Poe : Stories and Poems, original content by Edgar Allan Poe ; adapted by Gareth Hinds
A Wrinkle in Time, original story by Madeleine L’Engle ; adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson
The Giver, original story by Lois Lowry ; adapted by P. Craig Russell ; illustrated by P. Craig Russell, Galen Showman, Scott Hampton
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson ; artwork by Emily Carroll
FOR MIDDLE GRADE READERS:
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy (based on Little Women by Louisa May Alcott) ; adapted by Rey Terciero ; pencils by Bre Indigo
Anne Frank’s Diary ; adapted by Ari Folman ; illustrations by David Polonsky
The Graveyard Book, original story by Neil Gaiman ; adapted by: P. Craig Russell ; illustrated by: Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Tony Harris, Scott Hampton, Galen Showman, Jill Thompson, Stephen B. Scott
Anne of Green Gables, original story by L. M. Montgomery ; adapted by Mariah Marsden & Brenna Thummler
The Secret Garden on 81st Street (based on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett) ; adapted by Ivy Noelle Weir ; illustrated by Amber Padilla
The Witches, original story by Roald Dahl ; adapted and illustrated by Pénélope Bagieu
Oz : the manga, original story by L. Frank Baum ; adapted by David Hutchison