Art: Don Kramer
Colors: Daniele Rudoni
Letters: Jacob Bascle
Series: CEMETERY GIRL TRILOGY (Graphic Novel Series)
Plot Type: Urban Fantasy (UF)
Ratings: Violence—4; Sensuality—1; Humor—1
Publisher and Titles: Berkley
The Pretender (1/2014)
GRAPHIC NOVEL 1: The Pretenders
|Calexa chooses her name.|
|Calexa watches a spirit rise from its grave.|
Taken together, the art and the color clearly communicate all aspects of the story and invariably evoke the appropriate tone and emotion. Click HERE and scroll down a bit for an up-close view of the artwork in the trailer for The Pretenders.
The artwork is there for a reason—to add depth and delineation. The two symbol systems—words and images—work in concert to pull the reader into the story. As a reader, you might skim through the book quickly the first time just to get the story line, but then you'd go back and take a closer look at the art—the facial expressions, the shadows, the special effects. All of these give you insight into the characters and plot, and all would have had to have been scripted at great length in a regular print novel. Remember those boring info dumps of exposition that we all complain about in print novels? Well, guess what...no info dumps here—just a seamless intertwining of words and images that set the scene, fill in the details, and keep the story moving.
As for the expense: Keep in mind that you're getting a well-bound hardback book printed in full color on paper of extremely high quality. It's not the same as buying a pulp-paper, mass-market paperback with a binding that splits the first time you read it.