Monday, November 15, 2010

When Worlds Collide

We love it when worlds collide and we especially love it when the comic and opera worlds collide.

A quick trip to Santa Barbara this weekend brought us to Metro Comic Saturday morning. We had popped in to pick up X'ed Out by Charles Burns but spent a good hour browsing the store when we discovered P. Craig Russel's Opera Adaptions Vol. 3. Having never heard of Mr. Russell but totally fans of opera (duh) and comics we jumped up and down like a, well, like a kid in a comic book store.

After googling Mr. Russell we were amazed to find that late last week, just days before we discovered the book on the out-of-print shelf in the comic book store, his adaption of Salome (one of the operas included in volume 3) had been re-released as a digital comic. And to celebrate this release, Mr. Russell had done some wonderful promotional segments.

And so, here is where you can watch Mr. Russell talk about adapting Salome to comic form.

Here are the original thumbnail sketches to the Salome comic.

Here is an 8-page preview to the remastered digital version of the Salome comic.

And finally, some notes on adapting Salome which is a fascinating read.

And while we're on the topic of Salome, we might as well sneak in that it opens our 2012 season, but more on that when the time is right.

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