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Wednesday, February 11

PRIDE & PREJUDICE Now Available from Marvel Comics

Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice is a comic book! Now available for a limited time, you can purchase all five (5) issues of Marvel’s comic adaptation online and shipped right to your door!

Here's the scoop from Marvel:

Marvel is proud to announce two-time Rita Award-Winner Nancy Butler and fan-favorite Hugo Petras faithful adaptation of the whimsical tale of Lizzy Bennet and her loveable-if-eccentric family, as they navigate through tricky British social circles. All orders must be placed by March 9th, 2009.

Faithfully adapted from the adored Jane Austen classic the whimsical tale of Lizzy Bennet and her loveable-if-eccentric family, as they navigate through tricky British social circles. Will Lizzy's father manage to marry off her five daughters, despite his wife's incessant nagging? And will Lizzy's beautiful sister Jane marry the handsome, wealthy Mr. Bingley, or will his brooding friend Mr. Darcy stand between their happiness?

A note from the writer/adapter Nancy Butler:


This is one of Marvel's first attempts to woo a mostly female readership, and if all goes well, you might be looking forward to more romance-driven Marvel Illustrated books. The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Sheik, Jane Eyre, The Curse of Capistrano (Zorro) and Phantom of the Opera have all been discussed as possibilities. And, of course, other books in the Austen canon, as well. So if you'd like to see more romantic classics done as illustrated comics, please give Pride and Prejudice a try.

It sounds like fun. Hey, doesn’t the Lizzy Bennet on the cover look like a certain actress? We have our opinion, but want to hear yours. Here’s one hint. She was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal her in 2005.

Cheers, Laurel Ann, Austenprose

16 comments:

Vic said...

It's not a new concept, that's for sure, though the girlie angle is. Classics Illustrated was huge in the middle of the last century, like these covers show: http://www.tkinter.smig.net/ClassicsIllustrated/index.htm

BubbaCoop said...

I'm guessing you're thinking Keira Knightly.

Personally, I'd rather see (and be more likely to buy) the whole book in one volume as a graphic novel like these, instead of comic books.
http://www.graphicclassics.com/

Ruth said...

Oh, how fun! Thanks for the heads up!

Blarney Girl said...

I'm definitely getting a set of these.

As for the cover looking like Keira, in the face maybe, but not in the hips. Unless you count the dresses she wore in The Duchess! :)

Nancy Butler said...

Bubbacoop, you'll be happy to know that all five issues of Pride and Prejudice will be collected into both hard- and soft-cover editions aimed at bookstores and libraries. It's a great way for those who don't frequent comics shops to get copies of the Marvel Classics. Librarians like that they expose kids to classics they wouldn't normally touch with a ten-foot pole.

Lynn said...

How fun...if it gets kids and adults exposed to classics, I'm all for it ! Maybe the snob in me has softened at last...

wendy clouson said...

Now that Classics Illustrated are back, I'll be getting those too. I agree, whole book together please. Maybe they will do that next?

BubbaCoop said...
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BubbaCoop said...

Excellent, I look forward to the hardcover edition.

I haven't seen this mentioned on the blog (but I'm a new reader)

http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/02/09/hollywood-studios-bidding-for-pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies/

Warning: The cover is a little disturbing.

Katie said...

this is too exciting! so they're going to be re-releasing these in hardback form and selling them in bookstores for sure? because i don't want to miss reading these, but I would also rather have them all together...

I think it would be awesome if they did all of austen's novels!

crzylady said...

Thank you thank you thank you for that post... I'd been wondering what to get myself for my bday and you solved the problem!

Adriana Zardini said...

Thanks Laurel for this information!
Can I translate it into portuguese?
Actually I have a blog about Jane in portuguese!
thanks,

ADriana Zardini
www.janeaustenclub.blogspot.com

Dody Jane said...

I loved Classics comics - I couldn't take my eyes off of Joan of Arc being burned at the stake...

Anonymous said...

I see that Marvel is offering all 5 issues of Pride & Prejudice as a subscription.

http://subscriptions.marvel.com/combo/Pride_and_Prejudice

erica said...
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Anonymous said...

If you live in the Greensboro, NC area or Piedmont Triad area, please stop by ACME Comics (2150 Lawndale Dr.)

You may also call or email for availablity (336-574-2263 or acmelwn@bellsouth.net ).

Best of luck Ms. Butler!