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Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story Hardcover – November 20, 2012
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About the Author
Ashley Marie Witter was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and she went to the Madison Area Technical College, where she was a student of Mark A. Nelson (Aliens, Dark Horse Comics) and earned her associates degree in Animation and Conceptual Development. After experimenting a bit with web comics like Reign of Adeodatus and Scorch, she later contributed to a comics anthology called The Eternal Sad (Gothology). Building a name for herself in the Madison art scene through gallery shows and working on commissions to pay the bills, Ashley was just saying to herself, "I need a real job!" when she received an e-mail from Yen Press the following day.
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She has worked on Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story, The Wolf Gift: The Graphic Novel, Twilight: The Graphic Novel Vol.2 (inking assistant), New Moon: The Graphic Novel Vol. 1 (inking assistant), Gothology: The Eternal Sad, Gothology: Misery Loves Company, Bloodthirsty: One Nation Under Water, Scorch (webcomic), and Squarriors.
Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend it to Rice fans who do enjoy comics (Anyone else remember the 'Vampire Lestat' comic from Daerick Gross & Faye Perozich?), but I also think it might serve as a good introduction to the series for friends or family who may be intrigued.
No, it's not. When I first heard about this book some time ago, I don't think it said it was a graphic novel, and I thought it was a new book by Anne Rice. Instead, a talented artist has adapted a part of Interview With The Vampire to graphic novel form. Some reviewers are put off by this. If you would like to review Claudia's story from her perspective, and enjoy looking at a lot of nicely penned drawings to illustrate it, with cartoon balloons for dialog, you might like it.
The story is something like the middle third of Interview With The Vampire, focusing on Claudia, a little girl who Lestat (an older vampire in a young man's form) turned into a vampire. It is a tragic story; a great deal of Claudia's problem is that her body remains in the form of a little girl, yet her mind grows up, and her plight makes her increasingly angry.
I suspect that if you have not read Interview with the Vampire but pick up this graphic novel, you will totally understand the story and find it complete, but will be left with a lot of questions. Reading the original novel will answer most of them and add a lot to the experience.
I don't have a copy of the original novel handy, so I don't know just how much of the dialog came from the original story. I suspect that a lot of the words in this graphic novel, possibly most or all of them, were written by the artist. In that sense only, you could say this is not an Anne Rice book. On the other hand, the story is true to the original book, with some enhancements for revealing Claudia's perspective (since the original was from Louis' perspective).Read more ›
I love that the storyline stays true to the novel, even taking exact lines and actions from it. I would have liked to see a little bit more that indicates that it's actually from Claudia's point of view - this doesn't really supply anything new and different than what we get in the original novel, which takes place in Louis's point of view. I rather expected to see some experiences that Claudia underwent on her own that went unbeknownst to Louis in the source material, but there were none. I'm also not sure that someone who has not read Interview with the Vampire would really be able to follow everything that's going on. Still, for a seasoned Anne Rice fan, this graphic novel is a fantastic addition to the bookshelf. I borrowed the copy I read, but I fully intend to add this to my personal library now.
I was supplied with this copy by publisher but as always on the basis that my opinion is honestly held and not influenced by whether the book was free or paid for. Integrity of reviewers is important to me, and false reviews do no favours to authors or readers.
This is my first ever graphic novel so I wasn't sure what to expect. I've reviewed how to do the artwork for graphic novels as part of my arts book reviews but never actually seen a complete book so its was something I was looking forward to. I've never read any of the Anne Rice novels either - I'd love to (like may others I've a thrall for vampire novels) but only some are on kindle and I now only buy kindle books as I love reading this way rather than traditional novels. Of course a graphic novel needs to be in traditional format I think - this one is in hardback and I feel that's good as one would want to preserve the beautiful images it holds.
On to the book itself - well I don't know why people want graphic novels but if its for the beautiful illustrations then this one is just right. The storyline is covered in other reviews and the preview so I'll focus on this aspect mainly. The paper is a heavy glossy type and feels good to the hand. The images are in a beautiful monotone of sepia and cream mainly, with of course, highlights of rich, dark, Alizarin red for the blood. This means is really stands out and lends a touch of drama suitable to the storyline. I felt for poor Claudia in that she was condemned to remain a child when turned by Lestat even though mentally she became over time an adult.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I expected at all. I thought it would be another awsome story in the series focusing on Claudia.Published 3 days ago by Robby Crews
This was a disappointment for me. A comic book. I'm sure the artist is talented and it took a long time to produce, but it left me feeling rather like it was a waste of money.Published 19 days ago by Treasure65
Great Insight on Claudia's her voice in Interview with a Vampire with Claudia's Story.Published 1 month ago by Avril T
Keeps to Anne's book IWTV. Was sweet Claudia's story coincides with Louis in the book. Makes you wonder if Lestat isn't the liar.Published 1 month ago by dorothy
Amazing illustrations and I loved seen the story from Claudia's point of view.Published 1 month ago by Nancy Cruzado
For timid writers of the new generation not yet inducted into the dark gift of the Vampire Chronicles, this graphic novel may be the best introduction. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rico D. Del Rosario
Wonderful illustrations and great addition to an already great series.Published 3 months ago by KnightBlue
Beautiful artwork! Follows the storyline of the book, not the movie.Published 3 months ago by Skye A.B.