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The Art of Fantasy and Magic


Artemis Fowl, the Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer.I recently heard the audio e-book version of the first entry in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. As I was browsing through the catalog for more Fowl books, I was surprised to see a graphic novel version of the series’ second book, Artemis Fowl: The Artic Incident. Naturally, the first book has also been made into a graphic novel.

That got me thinking. What other books have been adapted into graphic novels?

I knew of one, Jim Butcher’s Welcome to the Jungle (pencils by Ardian Syaf), which features his popular Chicago private investigator and wizard, Harry Dresden.

A catalog search for “graphic novels” turned up some interesting finds:

A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1
If the printed version of George R. R. Martin’s tales of warring houses and its sprawling cast of characters is too much for you or you don’t get the Game of Thrones TV series on HBO, try this more visual-friendly adaptation.

A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2
The GoT graphic novels were adapted by Daniel Abraham with artwork by Tommy Patterson, colors by Ivan Nunes and lettering by Marshall Dillon.

Beautiful Creatures: The Manga
Beautiful Creatures was recently released as a live-action film. Check out the manga adapted by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, with lettering by Abigail Blackman, and see how it compares.

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1
The first in a series of graphic novels by Young Kim. A great find for those of us who thought Edward would be perfect for the world of anime and manga.

Even if you’re a Twi-hard, you might want to check out this parody of all the Twilight books contained in one graphic novel, adapted by Maia Kinney-Petrucha and Stefan Petrucha with artwork by Rick Parker.

Harry Potty and the Deathly Boring
Another graphic novel parody of a best-selling series, this time focusing on J.K. Rowling’s books. Adapted by Stefan Petrucha with art by Rick Parker.


Author Bio:

Jessica Chung is an MLIS student and an intern for San Mateo County Library. She is a little disappointed that there does not seem to be a serious graphic novel adaptation of the Harry Potter books.


There are also Percy Jackson

There are also Percy Jackson and Red Pyramid graphic novel adaptations! And the Uglies, if I remember off the top of my head.... And for fans of Harry Potter, there are quite a lot of doujinshi (fan comics) in manga-style, but those are usually parodies or relationship based "what if" scenarios. A manga-adaptation of HP would be amazing!