Saturday, August 06, 2005
Pride and Prejudice: The Comic Book, Chapter One
So, for those of you who know me, you may know that I am completely obsessed with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Many years ago, I was in a major 18th and 19th century English literature phase. Eric kept mocking the books I was reading although he didn't know anything about them, perceiving them as chick lit, which may or may not be an accurate assessment of the genre. Regardless, the mocking got to me, and I determined that, one way or another, Eric would read Pride and Prejudice.
Anyway... eventually I decided that I would make a comic book adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. This may not seem like the best choice for a comic book, and I would have to agree in some respects. For one thing, it's 61 chapters and 400-some pages long. After I started this project, I felt that I probably should have chosen a book that was not only shorter, but more suited to the comic book format (i.e., more action, and less sitting around in drawing rooms discussing one's views on the accomplished woman). I do, however, enjoy the idea of taking a really girly book like Pride and Prejudice and putting it in a format that is often more associated with the masculine domain, the comic book.
Unfortunately, working on the comic is rather a low priority since it's something I'm doing for my own entertainment, and not something I am creating for sale or to enhance my portfolio. Consequently, it's taken at least five years to get where I am now, and I'm only about a quarter of the way through the novel.