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June 20, 2009


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Ohhhh, this looks very interesting, I've seen similar things done with William Shakespeare's plays. I hope they'll do more! Dickens+kids=great.

Oh, and with that, Gina, I'd like to introduce you to the Charles Dickens action figure:
He's not a doll. He's an action figure.

We create two versions of each book that we adapt into the graphic novel format: 'Original Text' which is as close to the original Dickens novel as we can get (but obviously some minor abridgement may be necessary) and 'Quick Text' which has reduced dialogue for a fast paced read. They are full-colour throughout, set in the correct time period, have extra educational material at the back of the books and we think they are a great way to get younger readers interested in classic literature.

'A Christmas Carol' was first as we wanted to get that in the shops before Christmas '08 and 'Great Expectations' followed in March this year. There are no other Dickens titles in progress at the moment as we're snowed under with Shakespeare!

Which Dickens title would you like to see next as a graphic novel?

Sample artwork pages can be viewed here:

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I would absolutely *love* to see David Copperfield. There's a lot of variety in that particular Dickens novel, and I think there's some potential exciting scenes with the "Tempest" as well as good visual characters like Uriah Heep that would make great illustrations. The Pickwick Papers may also be a nice choice.

As I said before, this is a very nice idea!

Ms. Wheeler, thank you so much for dropping by and soliciting our opinions! That's very gracious of you.

I think "Great Expectations" was an excellent choice because of the strong characters and plot and the opportunities for striking visuals. I can see "Oliver Twist" and "A Tale of Two Cities" being good choices on similar grounds . . . but then there's some pretty brutal violence in both. Not so great for the younger readers, perhaps. "Bleak House," maybe? The miniseries demonstrated that one could get could pretty creative with the fog and the big gloomy houses and the little gloomy attics and so forth.

Nibs has made a good case for "David Copperfield" as well, I think.

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