The next title in the looooong line of books-printed-in-traditional-prose-becoming-graphic-novels-to-suck-some-extra-money-out-of-the-fans appears to be The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson. I guess since Larsson has passed away and cannot write new novels, it has been decided that turning his Millenium series novels into every type of media possible is the best way to oversaturate the brand. Unless you’re living under a rock, you should at least be aware that there is a movie (there are actually 2 versions I’m aware of) floating around out there, plus there is an app devoted to the book. And, now there will be a graphic novel.
The adaptation is being handled by Denise Mina, an award-winning crime novelist, and illustrations will be dine by the hands of Andrea Mutti and Leonardo Manco. The release date for Book 1 is November 13, 2012, but I cannot for the life of me find any info on Book 2’s release date.
While my first thought upon hearing about this book was, “Oh great! Who doesn’t want to see rape and violence in a comic book?” Denise Mina was asked about some of the scenes I was referring to in a recent interview, and it looks like we won’t see as much of the graphic violence as I had assumed.
Q: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has more than a few scenes of graphic violence, especially toward women. Has it been difficult writing these types of scenes for the graphic page as opposed to the printed one?
A: I think it’s easier actually. I tried to use panels that show the attack from the woman’s point of view and use the visual language or graphic scenes—the bum shots, the twisted face into camera, the full body shots—only during the attack on the male character. It was a way of disorientating the reader and making them uncomfortable because visuals of sex are so familiar [...] that they often appear in visuals of sexual attacks. From the victim’s point of view there’s nothing sexual about that sort of thing.
This interview was in the review section for the book on Amazon, but I think it’s from Publisher’s Weekly originally.
Below are a couple of pages from Book 1.
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You’ve read the books and seen the Swedish and American movies, but you just can’t get enough of Syeig Larsson’ s Lisbeth Salander? Well, iPhone users can download the app, “Chasing Salander.”
Available for $6.99 (though it is on sale until the end of today for $.99), “Chasing Salander” contains a new story in the Millennium Trilogy that is in the voice of a hit man with ties to “The Section.” You hunt for Lizbeth by visiting 14 sites within the app. At each site you listen to a 2-3 minute story told by Shanti Roney while you view a photograph of the actual location you are “visiting.” Facts about the locations and the Millennium Trilogy are also revealed.
View more screen caps after the jump.