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Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel [Paperback]

Andrew Donkin , Eoin Colfer
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4 Oct 2007 Artemis Fowl

A stunning graphic-novel adaptation of the megaselling Artemis Fowl.

This adaptation of his genre-busting, award-winning novel Artemis Fowl has been a labour of love for lifelong graphic novel fan Eoin Colfer, and Andrew Donkin. Art by Giovanni Rigano and colour by Paolo Lamanna.

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a brilliant criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories. These fairies are armed and they're dangerous. Artemis thinks he's got them just where he wants them, but then they stop playing by the rules . . .

Reads like the fastest, punchiest comic strip you've ever come across - Daily Telegraph

Artemis is a brilliant creation - Anthony Horowitz

Fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek, with some laugh-out-loud jokes. Smart and page-turning - The Sunday Times

Eoin Colfer is the bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Airman and The Legend of . . . books. His brilliant new series, WARP, is out now. Eoin lives with his family in Ireland.

Andrew Donkin is an enormously experienced graphic novelist and the author of over forty books for adults and children, including Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight for DC Comics.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141322969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141322964
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 15 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Donkin is the author is over fifty books for children and adults. These include fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels.

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Praise for Artemis Fowl:

'Artemis is a brilliant creation' - Antony Horowitz

'Reads like the fastest, punchiest comic strip you've ever come across' - Daily Telegraph

'Wickedly brilliant' - Independent

'Fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek, with some laugh-out-loud jokes. Smart and page-turning' - Sunday Times

'A huge hit' - Guardian

About the Author

Eoin Colfer was born and raised in Wexford in the south-east of Ireland. He began writing plays at an early age and, as an adult, continued to write. Artemis Fowl, his first book featuring the brilliant young anti-hero, was an immediate international bestseller and won several prestigious awards.

Andrew Donkin is an enormously experienced graphic novelist and the author of over forty books for adults and children, including Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight for DC Comics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Hit. 17 Oct 2007
By Softy
Inspired by Oein Colfer's highly entertaining talk at Bath Literary Festival, I bought this book for my sons, one severely dyslexic aged 13 and the other a prolific reader aged 10. Result....... punch up over who got to read it first.
I suppose this means it's a hit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Artemis 15 Oct 2007
I'd been a fan of Eoin Colfer's Artemis novels since page one of the first book. I'm also an avid fan of graphic novels. The concept of airing the first "Artemis" novel in graphic form seems like a natural. Yet, the challenge of making this project work must have been daunting.

Credit where credit's due to Colfer for working so diligently with someone who understands the medium. The collaboration of Colfer and comics veteran Andrew Donkin makes this a truly original experience.

Way too many comic adaptations tend to be cut-and-paste cash ins. You only need to give yourself a few pages to see that's not the case here. I'm delighted (and surprised) to say this is a lovingly rendered tome, respectful of the source but inventively opened up by Artist Giovanni Rigano's breathtaking visuals. Rigano makes full use of every expertly conceived panel.

Colfer's imagination, gift for story-telling and humour serve as the foundation for what I truly enjoyed as a motion picture experience bound into this book's 110 pages... and all in glorious technicolor.

The only thing missing was popcorn. Fast-paced and funny, it gives a new take on a story the fans will embrace and tap a new audience for the "Artemis" series. I only hope the whole series gets this treatment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Artemis fans 1 Oct 2007
By Richard Murphy VINE VOICE
I was very cynical when I found out that a graphic novel version of the first book was being produced. Too many other authors have been happy to allow their ideas to be exploited in poorly produced spin-off formats produced by publishers who just want to extract more cash from fans.

Artemis fans, this is the real thing. Eoin Colfer has collaborated with Andrew Donkin to produce a gem of a graphic novel. Every page is a work of art. The spirit of the original story is captured, and the graphic format is used to great effect.

Every reader of the novels will have their own mental picture of the characters and some are not as I imagined, but I really enjoyed seeing what they came up with for each.

The only problem is that it looks like it took so much effort, he won't have the time to do the other novels (come on EC - you can do it!).

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Gold Dust 1 Nov 2007
I imagine that there were a few Artemis fans who groaned inwardly at the prospect of a graphic novel adaptation of Eoin Colfer's imaginative, engaging and hugely successful books. No wonder, as in the wrong hands, fondly imagined scenes can be ruined and the whole magic of the original tainted.

Lucky for them then, this is a really superb retelling of the early adventures of boy genius and criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. Colfer's witty novel has been made flesh by some very tight, smart editing and well-crafted storytelling by Colfer and co-scripter Andrew Donkin. Remarkably, the care and disciplined attention to pace and page layouts compare favourably even with the industry Gold Standard of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' `Watchmen' series, which speaks volumes for the whole team involved.

Of course, if your script is of a high standard, any reasonable art should function pretty well, but the art of Giovanni Rigano is a revelation. I'm unfamiliar with his prior work, but based on this evidence he's a very talented guy and is an inspired choice for this project (and hopefully for future instalments). His very elegant, almost spidery line style makes the Manga-inspired character designs far more textured than the bulk of the work it's derived from. It's a great combination of Asian and European graphic styles and some of the backgrounds are mind-bogglingly detailed.

Icing on this particular cake: the colouring. Paolo Lamanna's sophisticated palette and very careful use of colour effects really enhance the artwork and make the whole piece look like a book that should cost twice as much as it does. Hyperion really have to be congratulated for publishing a book of such high standard rather than going for a cheap knock-it-out cash-in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not Emis, it's Art !! 12 Nov 2007
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Having borrowed the first Artemis Fowl novel (from a friend who implored me to read it), I'd never actually owned a copy. It didn't seem right to adore a book so much and not actually own one, so I faithfully visited to set this to rights. When I saw that a graphic novel had been just been released for AF1 there really was no decision to make; it was as good as mine.

And what a terrific job Colfer and Co have made of this electrifying story by putting it into a comic strip format. The original novel was extremely fast paced and had an action film feel to it, yet the graphic novel has taken this premise and run with, very quickly!

The visuals suit the story perfectly; sharp, modern, funky and perceptive. The varying size and the scope of these images really help to capture the drama of the narrative. Especially impressive is the use of light and dark and the way these two polar opposites are paralleled (good vs. evil / surface vs. subterranean).

On the negative side, the story does lose some of its depth (unfortunately, this is to be expected). The characters are not so vivid and realised in picturesque format and if I were reading this as a first time Fowl voyeur, I would not have such an appreciation for the amazing inventions of Colfer. Nor would I be as desperate to pursue a sequel.

Yet the differences between the written story and the comic ironically are the reasons why this HAS to be purchased by Fowl fanatics, or simply by anyone who enjoys terrific fast-paced fiction. Seeing Haven City and Holly Short for the first time was first class, and my first look at the Neutrino 2000.... well, it was riddled with jealously - why can't I have one?

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful as all Artermis Fowl stories
Wonderful as all Artermis Fowl stories. The graphic novel is a quick way to get through the story, but is no replacement for the "real thing".
Published 25 days ago by Liene Z Kalnins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Excellent products. Glad it is avialable to buy.
I love the instancy of delivery too.
Made a lot of difference to the little children at the home. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr. W. M. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I've started (and failed) to read the actual novel several times but I finished this one in one sitting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Non-stop Reader
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My eight year old really wanted to get this book after reading the whole series. he received it as a present and loved it.
Published 7 months ago by Wilhem
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic
The book had a great great adventure which kept me turning the pages,I couldn't put the book down! Jake age10
Published 11 months ago by Astrid Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift
Bought this book as a Christmas gift for my son in law,he seemed really pleased with it but as I have not read it I cant comment on it further.
Published 20 months ago by Jiggin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read, even better than I thought it would be
Just finished this and had to write how much I enjoyed it. I read the original book maybe 15 years ago, and to be honest I remember thinking it was good, but not great. Read more
Published on 12 April 2012 by RedHotBelgian
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! what a conversion!
Superb. The story translates VERY well, and the guile and craft is maintained expertly.

Read it, whether you've read the original book or not. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2008 by Baladen
5.0 out of 5 stars Manga Most Fowl
Like the His Dark Material trilogy the Artemis Fowl books are a guilty pleasure among adults who enjoy a rollicking good fantasy adventure with young Fowl II and Butler making a... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2007 by S. Wood
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