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Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale, Improper Books, 2013

Another fine graphic novel. Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale. A kind of Art Nouveau steampunk Dickensian cautionary tale.

I must admit for many years I gave up on what were then known simply as comic books [before the genre got all ‘arty’ literature styly]. I mean how many Super Hero tales can you read before getting bored with the same ol’ same ol’? ZAP POW KERCHANG [super heroes as largely an adolescent desire to see scantily clad ladies] I was very surprised at the weekend in Islington library to see at least 50 Batman graphic novels! At least he is arguably one of the more interesting characters; due to the dark psyche and not possessing superpowers?

The real change it seems to me over the last 10 years is not only the adaptation of many literary fictions into graphic form [everything from Shakespeare to T.S. Elliot ] but also narratives which are closer to traditional TV/movie fare ie psychological dramas/romances/thrillers etc. In this respect one must argue that far eastern offerings have been miles ahead for many more years?

With a fluid field nowadays between disciplines [the film of the book, the soundtrack of the film, the book of the game etc] one wonders what might NOT make it as a graphic novel? Catcher in the Rye? Taxi driver? The Rite of Spring?


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