A few months back I excitedly reported that Anne Rice’s influential vampire novel, Interview with the Vampire, is being adapted into a graphic novel. What made this news so fantastic is that while the graphic novel will tell the story we fans know and love, it’s going to be told from Claudia’s point of view instead of Louis’. Ever since I heard of Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story I have been dying for more information, and at long last I’ve got two things – a release date and a cover!
” A richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their insistence upon treating her like a little girl, even though she has lived as long as any mortal man…and her lust to kill is certainly no less than theirs…”
Here is the cover for Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story:
Illustrated by newcomer Ashley Marie Witter, Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story will be published as a single volume November 20, 2012. Yes, it’s a long wait, but after hearing Anne Rice’s praise for the upcoming graphic novel, it’s totally worth it.
“I am looking at the drawings, they have such wonderful detail in the costumes, and in my work costumes are almost like a character,” said Rice on the project. “They are part of the work, and they got that. What I look for in a movie or a book like this is the essence—baroque detail, sensuality, luxurious hair, faces that are intriguing and deep—and they got it here.”
Yen Press senior editor JuYoun Lee added, “On Interview with the Vampire there were lots and lots of brainstorming and conversations at the beginning because we wanted to make sure we were understanding Claudia as much as possible. For the artist, especially if they are new, the core has to be that they understand the characters.”
And again, here is the sneak peek of Ashley Marie Witter’s Claudia:
I can’t wait for this graphic novel! Claudia’s Story sounds and looks absolutely amazing! I am excited to read Claudia’s point of view and to see Witter’s stunning artwork.
You can pre-order Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story HERE on Amazon.
What do you think of this upcoming graphic novel? Are you looking forward to reading Claudia’s side of the story? What are your thoughts on the artwork so far?