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Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story Hardcover – November 20, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press; First Edition edition (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316176362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316176361
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Witter's art is delicate, with a baroque manga feel... Louis and Lestat's lovely faces come to life, collars are fluffed with detailed antique lace, and many bites are bitten. Most effectively drawn is young Claudia, flashing from innocent to monstrous by the panel."—io9.com

About the Author

One of America's most read and celebrated authors, Anne Rice is known for weaving together the visible and supernatural worlds in epic stories that both entertain and challenge readers. Anne's life experiences and intellectual inquisitiveness provide her with constant inspiration for her work. She has written over thirty novels and one autobiography. Her books are rich tapestries of history, belief, philosophy, religion, and compelling characters that examine and extend our physical world beyond the limits we perceive. She lives and works in California.

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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Ashley Marie Witter was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She graduated from Madison Area Technical College with a degree in Animation and Conceptual Development. She now lives in Chicagoland working as a professional artist/illustrator.

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.

Customer Reviews

The art was beautiful.
Angelica
Here I do have a criticism as I found the text a little too small and also very faint to be able to read it easily.
Jeannie Zelos
If you are a fan of the Vampire Chronicles and enjoy graphic novels, you will enjoy this book.
Anjanette L. Leonard

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By V.T. on November 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ashley Marie Witter gives a stunningly beautiful monochromatic retelling of Anne Rice's classic "Interview with the Vampire" - and from Claudia's point of view. The parchment-toned sepia paper makes it feel almost like a lost tome, and the striking occasional use of color (notably, a rather vivid crimson) gives a bit of spice to it. I love her character design for Lestat, it's less as Rice envisioned in the 70's/'80s (Rutger Hauer) and more 90's movie-style (Tom Cruise)- but there's also the flare of the artist and her own interpretations and personal art influences. Louis is distinct, and the faces he makes - Witter gets a lot of emotion out of him, and that smug look Lestat gets - it's fangirl heaven. Claudia is as charming as she is in the book, if not more so - there's something of transcendence as the novel progresses, she goes from the dead-eyed dying child to growing fully into herself and then some. Oh and the costumes - amazing attention to detail. It's awesome to see an artist skip over screentone (especially if they're a manga-style artist) and just do everything with proper shading and intricate hand drawn details.

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.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mark Colan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A NEW ANNE RICE BOOK?

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

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).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MMaru on November 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a really beautiful adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, as told from the point-of-view of the immortal child, Claudia. The artwork is positively stunning - very beautifully drawn and colored, relying heavily on a sepia sort of tone that helps the vivid blood and fire really stand out. I'm very impressed by the art alone. The expressions and the sheer beauty of it would endear this book to me even if nothing else did.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hammermen on November 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This adaptation is simply gorgeous. The illustrations are rich and each panel is more beautiful then the last. I really enjoyed the monochromatic theme and the crimson splashed in like an exclamation point. Claudia has her own voice and gives a story that I know well a new richness. I am looking forward to seeing more work from this artist.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie Zelos on December 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story. Anne Rice.

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.
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