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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Really?

Huh, Anita Blake as best adaptation? (Via Blog@.)

I mean...really?

Anita Blake?

I'm just saying, the scant issues I've read, well, admittedly, I've never been fond of the source material. But I really really don't like the art either (Exhibit A.) I've never seen characters look so visibly devoid of actual thought.

I also thought the narration choices didn't really flow well and often felt choppy or incongruous.

Then again, to be fair, I guess the success of the adaptation really depends on how well it reaches the fans of the original source material, and every Anita Blake fan I know seems to really like it.

(In said company, I bite my tongue. No sense being a killjoy, yeah? :-))

Still, I'm kind of sad that "the Babysitters Club" didn't get it. The ones I've read were really cute and well-done. I guess it's not quite the same sort of target audience though... Too bad.

8 Comments:

  • At October 24, 2007 10:47 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    The closest that I've come to Anita Blake, has been reading Chris Sim's reviews, and frankly that is as close as I WANT to get.

    It does seem to be hilarious in a completely unconcious sort of way.

     
  • At October 24, 2007 1:58 PM, Anonymous Mela said…

    Still, I'm kind of sad that "the Babysitters Club" didn't get it. The ones I've read were really cute and well-done.

    Probably because Babysitters Club doesn't have the same 'kewl' cache as a horror series. I'm with you - Anita Blake's art alone puts me off (there's something very remniscient of Michael Turner's style, and that's not to my taste), and it sounds so-bad-it's-hilarious. Whereas TBC has nice art and cuts the superfluous crap out of the source material and is, in my view, a bit of an improvement. Graphix got shafted.

     
  • At October 24, 2007 9:54 PM, Blogger Mickle said…

    wtf?

    Babysitter's Club is awesome and well, you know of at least one Anita Blake fan that hates the comic. Among other things, the comics struck me as a guy's view of what women find sexy.

     
  • At October 24, 2007 10:45 PM, Anonymous Dan Coyle said…

    TBH, I almost bought the first collection for the insane cheese factor. But I thought better of it.

    On the other hand, Ron Lim's art looks to improve it 1000%.

     
  • At October 24, 2007 10:51 PM, Blogger Nenena said…

    Hmmm... I agree that that TBC is made of awesome and win, but I can see why it wouldn't be considered in the same competitive category as Anita Blake. However, what about The Dark Tower? I didn't even particularly enjoy The Dark Tower comics (in fact, I'm planning on selling mine), but they were at least *better* than the Anita Blake comics.

     
  • At October 25, 2007 6:35 PM, Blogger Scott (The Mad Thinker) Anderson said…

    I loved ...OK, really liked the books, at least the first 6 or so, but the art in the comics scared me off. Both too cartoony and Turner-ish for me. I also suspected that the romance/sexy elements would look silly when they were actually seen too. I suspect that there is something about the over the top gothic romance stuff that works better in the imagination.

     
  • At October 29, 2007 2:49 AM, Blogger Mickle said…

    "I agree that that TBC is made of awesome and win, but I can see why it wouldn't be considered in the same competitive category as Anita Blake."

    Why not?

    "I suspect that there is something about the over the top gothic romance stuff that works better in the imagination."

    Obviously. But a really good artist (backed by an equally good writer) can manage to still leave the rights parts to the imagination. The question is whether or not such geniuses would deign to work on an Anita Blake adaptation.

     
  • At October 29, 2007 5:21 AM, Blogger Nenena said…

    Mickle - The Comics Corner seems to be focused exclusively on genre titles aimed at an adult audience, so I can understand why they would overlook TBC as a candidate for "best adaptation." I said I would understand why, not that I would necessarily agree with the omission. ;)

     

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