My brother-in-law wrote a screenplay a couple of years ago, and despite winning some awards and garnering some interest from producers, it never actually sold.  He really wanted his story to find an audience, because although it is a sci-fi actioner, it is also about the serious issue of patenting genes.

It’s called Genome and I have already posted a positive review on Amazon so I won’t repeat myself.  I’m no graphic novel aficionado, although I have seen a number of them in my line of work, and read some back in college (The crow, Gregory, and V for Vendetta stand out — all pretty cutting edge for 1991!).

Genome is definitely entertaining.  The art is a bit on the amateur side and I think the story telling suffers a little from being a very literal translation from screen play to graphic novel (each panel represents a shot from the screenplay), but I’m as impressed as hell that he managed to write the screenplay in the first place, and doubly impressed that he gave direction to an artist to get this thing done over the course of a year — learning to use the image editing software, coloring and adding lettering, and directing the artwork, etc., despite having zero experience with the medium.

The formatting is unusual for a graphic novel too — since it was designed to be an eBook, each ‘page’ is just one, two, or three panels.  The art is more manga than comic book, with a dash of what I’d call German expressionism — I really find it easier to understand this graphic novel in terms of film than in comics terms.  It’s mostly black and white, with a dash of color on some panels, which is also pretty unusual.  I don’t think you could do that in print without incurring costs equal to full-color, but as a fan of b&w illustration anyway it really works for me.

If you’re looking for something different to read on your Kindle or compatible eReader, give it a look. You can get it here at Amazon (although if he listens to me, it will also be available in other formats for download or print on demand).

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