My first graphic novel,
In addition to the normally
The graphic novel is much
After the character sketches
Before writing the script I
At this point some examples
“1. We open with a ¾ page
SATORI: THIS IS MY WILL
In the final ¼ of the page a
I numbered the pages but just
“4. The man is on his knees.
LILITH: SUCK MY COCK!
CAP: HE PLEADS WITH HER TO
The script took about two
And that is pretty much it.
You can download a free copy of the accompanying webcomic “Sex Skulls and Sorcery” here.
On 16th April Carmilla Voiez was named HFA’s Horror Author of the Year, 2013, for her novel, Starblood.
Carmilla Voiez was born in Bristol in the 1970’s. She grew up in a suburb of the city, but has since travelled and is now residing in North East Scotland. Starblood is her first novel to be published. However, she is currently working on the sequel and has plans to complete the story as a trilogy. As well as writing Carmilla also designs and sells Gothic clothing.
Her fiction explores themes such as sexuality, imagination and magick. It gives the reader an insight into the hidden worlds of her gothic characters, their loves, ambitions and often complicated sex lives.
Nurtured on a diet of horror and gothic music her work has a darkness and violence of its own. Urban lives and supernatural worlds collide within the novels’ pages. Whether you fall in love with or despise her characters, you are guaranteed a thrilling and emotional journey.
Why did you decide to release a graphic novel version of Starblood?
Again and again I’ve been told that Starblood is an incredibly visual book and readers would love to see it as a movie. I haven’t had anyone grab the movie rights YET, but it got me thinking about how else to bring the story to life. I’ve always loved graphic novels and when I met Anna, an incredibly talented artist who shared my vision, well the rest is history.
Are there any significant differences between the novel and the graphic novel?
Yes. The graphic novel focuses on three characters: Lilith, Satori and Star, whereas the novel focused on Freya as well. Anna saw some of the characters differently, in particular Star, who in the novel and my head had black ringlets. I loved her drawings so much I decided not to ask her to change Star back, but it did mean some of the dialogue had to change. In the graphic novel Star is referred to as the girl with the big eyes, whereas in the novel it’s the girl with the curls.
Do you and Anna plan to work together again?
Absolutely. We’ve already committed to making graphic novel adaptations of Psychonaut and Black Sun.
Did you learn anything new about the story when you saw it in graphic novel form?
I realised just how much sex and mutilation I had written. It’s a very adult graphic novel. I also realised that I had unwittingly written a few caricatures as background characters and vowed to avoid doing that again. Of course in comic art everything is magnified, but it was an eye-opener.
How long did it take to make the graphic novel from start to finish?
If you include the time it took to write the original story, then about three years. The script and the art was produced during the same period with preliminary sketches, discussion and changes to both. Then Anna worked on the final images and a few minor changes were made during that process. It took about a year of Anna and I working together, to produce the finished book.
Whose book is it?
It’s definitely our book. With her art, Anna has added as much to the story as I have with the words and original plot line. One couldn’t exist without the other.
Do you think releasing this book will change your life?
I love my life, but it can always be made easier by a steady income. Now a film deal, that would rock. Or a Starblood TV series. A girl can dream.
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