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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart talk Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel in new USA Today article
3:47PM EST | comments (21) |

A few weeks ago Clockwork Angels: The Novel author Kevin J. Anderson announced plans via his blog for a graphic novel version of the book he co-wrote with Neil Peart. USA Today ran an article in today's edition containing some more details about the graphic novel including a sample of artist Nick Robles' character designs for the novel's young protagonist Owen Hardy, and some comments from both Anderson and Peart. The comic will be released as a six-issue Boom! Studios miniseries beginning next March. Here's what Anderson had to say:

... "It's just a beautifully painted world in the music that I tried to capture in the novel and now tried to turn into a different direction," says Anderson, who's working with artist newcomer Nick Robles. "Who knows, we might have ice follies someday or a Broadway musical." ...

And Peart adds the following when discussing the villains of the novel - The Anarchist and The Watchmaker:

... "Neither is your typical comic-book evil sociopath, but rather 'extremists' for order and for freedom. Good things taken too far - like good intentions, that excess paves many roads to damnation," the musician says. "As characters, they personify mystery, power and dark fascination, but they also have human weaknesses, like fear, pride and envy." ...

You can read the entire article online here (thanks RushFanForever).

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#21 - Posted 12/13/13 @7:27AM by jupeguyowensound [contact]

Owen looks like a dork.
#20 - Posted 12/13/13 @6:28AM by freewilly [contact]

I think I understand what Neil is saying and I don't want to sound explicitly smart but I don't think fear is necessarily a human weakness, it can be but it can be a very useful and realistic sense of warning ("they also have human weaknesses, like fear, pride and envy.")
#19 - Posted 12/12/13 @3:31PM by limelighter [contact]

there is an article about the CA comic book in today's toronto star.
#18 - Posted 12/12/13 @3:28PM by briebeaz [contact]

This is so tacky and unnecessary. The album was great, the tour was even better, but seriously: QUIT WHILE YOU'RE AHEAD, FELLAS.
#17 - Posted 12/12/13 @3:26PM by joerock213 [contact]

And at what point do they release the Test For Echo tour DVD? 2112 in it's entirety!!!!!!
#16 - Posted 12/12/13 @1:59PM by jupeguyowensound [contact]

#13- Agreed. I listened to the audio book, and I thought it sounded like Neil was reading it as if it was geared towards younger kids.
#15 - Posted 12/12/13 @12:28PM by snowdog20 [contact]

...or the pop-up book. He kind of looks like a cross between Lou Diamond-Phillips and Teddy Atlas.
#14 - Posted 12/12/13 @11:20AM by marty from clayton [contact]

I'll wait for the Owen Hardy Muppet TV Special.
#13 - Posted 12/12/13 @11:01AM by CraigJ [contact]

I read the book and I liked the story, but for some reason it felt to me like it was written for elementary school level readers. I'm not asking for Tolstoy, but a little more in depth character development and a more sophisticated writing style would be welcome. Also, the references to Rush could be a lot more subtle.

Might check this out or not. Depends on the price.
#12 - Posted 12/12/13 @11:01AM by Runkerry

Yawn, yawn, yawn! If the novel of CA is as difficult to get into as Terra Incognita, best avoided.

This is really scraping the barrel. Stick to the music boys. This other stuff if so peripheral/removed from Rush.

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