Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
Over the past several months, the FBC Staff and I have had the immense pleasure to bring you the coolest comic book news from Sea Lion Books, a comic book publishing company that specializes in the adaptation of international, New York Times, and USA bestselling novels into graphic novels. Sea Lion Books has an extraordinary catalog of authors and titles, including Richelle Mead’s Storm Born series (see our reviews of Issues #1 and #2), Aron Warner’s Pariah series (see our reviews of Issue #1 and Issue #2), and Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush graphic novel (stay tuned for my interview – coming soon!).
In what may be its most exciting news to date, Sea Lion Books has acquired the graphic novel rights to Anne Rice’s critically acclaimed novel, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. As fans of Rice’s internationally bestselling vampire novels, we are excited to see all that is to come from the new graphic novel adaptation, due in stores in April of 2012.
You can read the full press release about Rice joining the Sea Lion family, as well as more information about Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, below.
International Bestselling Author Anne Rice’s novel,
Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, to become Graphic Novel.
International bestselling author Anne Rice’s critically acclaimed novel, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, receives a graphic spin as newly established publishing house, Sea Lion Books, acquires the worldwide rights to this graphic novel publication. The novel will be adapted by the author Anne Rice and comic creator Anne Elizabeth and will feature artwork by Siya Oum. This graphic novel is scheduled for release in time for Easter 2012.
“Christ the Lord: the Road to Cana, I consider one of my personal favorites,” said Rice. “The writing of it took less time than the research because I feel driven to recreate authenticity in the narrative. The characters must see what people saw in first century Palestine because I want my readers to see the same. Any artistic effort short of that fails not only for me but also for the actual figures I endeavored to recreate in my novel. Today this work is being reinterpreted through the marvelous medium of graphic novels. The visual imagery will give my characters a new dimension that cannot be captured in words alone. Sea Lion Books will translate The Road to Cana into a format that will do as I have done: Recreate first century Palestine with the women and men who changed the course of human history. The characters you know will be there — Jesus, Mary, Joseph — in the rich colors and beautiful forms that only artists can draw. This is going to be a thrilling adventure for my characters, for me, and I think for you readers and viewers as well.”
The book is the second within a series dramatizing the life of Jesus Christ. Based on the four Gospels, current New Testament research, and studies of Jewish culture, Rice created and described the early stage in Jesus’ life before his baptism in the Jordan and the miracle at Cana. Faced with a winter of no rain, endless dust, and talk of trouble in Judea, Jesus must confront his destiny. The book’s power derives from the profound feeling Rice brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the presence of Jesus Christ.
“Working on such a spiritually beautiful book is a remarkable experience! Not only is it an opportunity to work with brilliant storyteller Anne Rice and talented artist Siya Oum, but it is a chance to explore my own faith,” said adapter Anne Elizabeth, whose graphic novel The Pendulum is also being released by Sea Lion Books.
Derek Ruiz, Vice President and Publisher of Sea Lion Books, said, “It’s an honor to be working with Anne Rice, one of my all time favorite authors. We at Sea Lion Books are excited to introduce the Christ the Lord series to the Graphic Novel Market. Anne Rice and the Christ the Lord series are great additions to the lineup we have been building at Sea Lion Books. With each new announcement we continue to show that we want to bring quality stories to the visual medium we love.”
The full-color Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana graphic novel edition, ISBN: 978-0-9836131-4-5, will be available April 2012 and will sell for $24.99. For more information, please visit http://sealionbooks.com/
Sea Lion Books is available worldwide from Diamond Comics Distributors and Diamond Book Distributors. Diamond is the leading distributor of graphic novels and pop-culture products in the world.
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About Anne Rice:
One of America’s most read and celebrated authors, Anne Rice is known for weaving the visible and supernatural worlds together in epic stories that both entertain and challenge readers. Her books are rich tapestries of history, belief, philosophy, religion, and compelling characters that examine and extend our physical world beyond the limits we perceive. Anne lives and works in California. Anne’s life experiences and intellectual inquisitiveness provide her with constant inspiration for her work. You can visit Anne Rice on the Internet at: http://www.annerice.com
About Sea Lion Books:
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Sea Lion Books LLC is a newly established publishing house which specializes in all formats—hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market and in urban fantasy and young adult genres. Sea Lion Books LLC recent roster of authors include: International Bestselling author, Paulo Coelho, New York Times Bestselling authors, Richelle Mead, Richard A. Knaak and F. Paul Wilson, Becca Fitzpatrick, plus more to be announced in the upcoming months.