Newfound Hound

24Jul10

Hound of the Baskervilles remains my favourite Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes story, so I was interested to read a recent graphic novel adaptation from UK publisher Self Made Hero, which is adapting various classic books.

A part of me was a little tempted to scoff at easier translations of classic works, but they’re simply adaptations, and unlike film adaptations, they provide a link — a bridge between an increasingly visual culture and the love of reading. I can see some young adults reading these when they normally might not touch books at all, and from what I’ve seen the publisher is faithful to the original stories and dialogue. Ian Culbard has taken on the four Holmes novels by Doyle,and he has a striking style that somehow works with the content quite well. And just an afterthought, is it a new trend for publishers to have names that almost sound like bands?

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