On Wednesday, August 24, 2011, IDW’s adaptation of Anne Rice’s “Servant of the Bones” went on sale.
Anyone who follows her work, knows this is not Ms. Rice’s first foray into the graphic novel medium. Previously, “The Vampire Lestat”, “The Mummy”, “Tale of the Body Thief” and “Interview with the Vampire” have all been adapted into graphic novel form.
And, since any type of comic book is, at it’s core, a collaborative effort, we decided to reach out to, Mariah Huehner, editor and co-author of “Servant of the Bones” and find out what it’s like to work with such an iconic author, as Ms. Rice.
Here’s what she had to say:
1) This isn’t Ms. Rice’s first foray into the comic book world; Why do you think her novels make for good comics?
MH: I think Anne Rice is known for her richly detailed worlds, distinct characters, and lush descriptions. Her work is very visual, very sensual, full of mythology and subtext. Comics can take all that visual prose and translate it into graphic storytelling that’s compelling and arresting. It’s a challenge, but in the best possible way.
2) Why did IDW want to do this novel over some of her other ones?
MH: Well, we’re honestly happy just getting to work with Anne. Although she’s probably best known for her vampires, Servant of the Bones is just as fully realized a world. The biblical background is very fascinating, and the character of Azriel is compelling and sympathetic. To me, the story is a fascinating look at religion, spirituality, life/death, and fanaticism…and whether redemptive love can heal deep evil.
3) Do you think you guys might want to adapt some of her other novels, and which ones?
MH: I would personally love to adapt anything Anne would be into. Vampires, witches, ghosts…her work kind of runs the gamut of horror. Each one is unique and full of incredible possibilities for a comic.
4) What was it like working with Ms. Rice?
MH: I was really nervous at first, but she immediately put me at ease. She’s been incredibly generous with her time. She’s been wonderfully encouraging of the changes we’ve had to make while adapting the work, answering questions and always being incredibly accessible even with her busy schedule. And then I got to meet her at SDCC, which was fantastic. We go to chat about the book and she just couldn’t have been lovelier. She’s incredibly happy with the art by Renae De Liz, and if you’ve seen the preview you’ll know why. I don’t think anyone could bring it life like Renae has. So, it’s been an incredibly collaborative experience, which shows in the work, since the most important thing to us is keeping the “feel” of the novel while making the comic something visually stunning to look at.
Currently, Ms. Rice is awaiting a publication date for her newest novel, “The Wolf Gift”, which brings the most famous and prolific vampire author in the world, into the new territory of werewolves.
In a recent interview with the Examiner, Ms Rice spoke about “The Wolf Gift”, “Right now I would like to say that I loved writing the book, loved working with a new supernatural hero, my Man Wolf, Reuben Golding, and loved working with a new cosmology and origin story for werewolves”.
Also on the horizon for Anne Rice fans and fanatics is the up-coming graphic novel adaptation of “Interview with the Vampire” by Yen Press, which tells the familiar story of our favorite vampires from the point of view of the youngest, Claudia, the child vampire.
On a daily basis, Anne Rice can be found on her Facebook page, talking with her “People of the Page”, where she encourages and initiatives discussions on various “hot-button” topics, such as, clergy abuse, moral discrimination and the state of the publishing industry.
We don’t know how she gets it all done, but we’re glad she does.
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