Book Preview: Ayn Rand’s ANTHEM – The Graphic Novel (with Video)

Just saw this cool item in Publisher’s Weekly.  A graphic novel version of Ayn Rand’s novel ANTHEM is hitting Amazon and bookstores on February 1st, 2011.

If you are not familiar with the original novella by Rand, here is a blurb from the publisher New American Library/Penguin:

The controversial classic work of one individual’s will versus the subjugation of society-now available as a compelling graphic novel.

In all that was left of humanity there was only one man who dared to think, seek, and love. He, Equality 7-2521, would place his life in jeopardy. For his knowledge was regarded as a treacherous blasphemy. He had rediscovered the lost and holy word…”I”.

I like the story for a number of reasons.  The book warns of the dangers of collectivism and of punishing those who use their minds.  The conceit of only using the third person to regard the characters (We/Our) works and really drives the point home.  It is a very approachable book for intermediate readers, and is a great intro to dystopian sci-fi and strongly themed literature.  The graphic novel format will open Rand up to many new readers.

The graphic novel adaptation is being written by comic book veteran Charles Santino, and illustrated by Joe Staton.

Mindposts will soon have a review of the book and more about how it came to life.  Check back for more.

Meanwhile, check out the preview book trailer video below for a sneak peek at Anthem: The Graphic Novel.

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