Coming January 2017: Octavia E. Butler’s bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, Kindred, in graphic novel format!
More than 35 years after its release, Kindred continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.
Butler’s most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.
Held up as an essential work in feminist, science-fiction, and fantasy genres, and a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement, there are over 500,000 copies of Kindred in print. The intersectionality of race, history, and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, both in the classroom and in the public sphere.
Frightening, compelling, and richly imagined, Kindred offers an unflinching look at our complicated social history, transformed by the graphic novel format into a visually stunning work for a new generation of readers.
“A worthy and powerful supplement to a classic.”—New York Times Book Review
“A good introduction not only to Butler’s body of work but also to the potential of the graphic-novel form.”—Entertainment Weekly (grade: A)
“It’s hard to imagine how you could improve upon Kindred, but if this graphic novel doesn’t exactly improve on Butler, it certainly complements her work, bringing out elements that you could miss in a mere reading, and bringing emotions to the fore that are submerged on Butler’s original pages. This is an outstanding adaptation of a brilliant novel, and there’s nothing more you could possibly ask for.”—Boing Boing
“Duffy’s words, coupled with Jennings’ brutally jagged, disorientating, gothic, and impactful art allows their adaptation to be two things: A graphic adaptation of a beloved novel, and an amplification of said novel. Reading them together illuminates Butler’s work from angles I never thought possible.”—NerdsOfColor.org