New Joe Abercrombie interview

Tom Merritt interviews Joe Abercrombie on his website. The talk about The First Law graphic novel, and here's a little taste:

One of the great things about reading is the ability to visualize your favorite characters. How do you feel about nailing down the descriptions of the characters on the comic page? Have they ended up the way you pictured them in your head, and did you have input on that for the graphic novel?

Someone was foolish enough to offer me total editorial control, but I’ve tried to take a reassuringly firm yet lovingly gentle touch with it. I think when you work with an artist you need to give them the freedom to draw it the way they see it, to let them interpret the work the way they want to. And as a writer you don’t always have entirely vivid pictures of every character and location. So some designs were perfect right off. Others were surprising, but fitted. Others needed some tinkering with. But generally, Andie Tong, the artist, has an amazing eye for costume and location design, and I’ve really been able to say yes, yes, yes to a lot of things and let him produce his vision of the books, given extra verve and variety by Pete Pantazis’ colours. So there’ll certainly be some things that keen readers of the trilogy will see differently, but as a whole it’s an adaptation that I’m very pleased with and hugely proud of.

Follow this link to read the full interview.

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