Making The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo a Graphic Novel
British crime writer Denise Mina – known internationally for her work – has in recent years moved into comics and graphic novels and is currently engaged on writing the graphic novel adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s international bestselling “Millennium” trilogy – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. She talks about the art of adaptation and working with graphic artists with illustrations from this work.
This is part of the 2012 University of Bristol Autumn Art Lecture series – run in association with Bristol Festival of Ideas – which look at the art of the book, from the physical beauty that books can convey in the illuminated manuscript, the natural history publication and the work of William Morris, through the commercial beauty of Penguin covers, to graphic novels and how artists work with books today. For details of all events click here.
Crime writer Denise Mina is inextricably linked with the mean streets of Glasgow where she was born, and where each of her nine novels is set. They include the award-winning Garnethill trilogy, and a subsequent series centred on the 1980s journalist Paddy Meehan and her negotiations with the less than enlightened Glasgow of that era: working-class, macho and sectarian. Denise’s first Paddy Meehan novel, The Field of Blood, has recently become a BBC television drama. Her comics include Hellblazer: Empathy is the Enemy, Hellblazer: The Red Right Hand and A Sickness in the Family about spree killing and property prices. Her new project is writing the graphic novel adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
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