They say there is a fine art to adapting a novel from the written form. It gets to be much more difficult when it’s the works of Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE. Of course, we know him as one of the more noted fiction authors, P.G. Wodehouse. And we know of his more known works and phrases from that book: Right Ho, Jeeves!
In a move that slightly shocked the comics world, Vox Day continued on his quest to screw with the industry by getting a heavy hitter. And as you can see he didn’t settle for one on this story. He went and got two. But the main one that’s causing the most pain for Sitterson’s Storekillers (TM, Timothy Lin) is Charles “Chuck” Dixon. In fact, I’ll list Chuck’s credentials.
- Savage Sword of Conan
- Alien Legion
- The Hobbit adapatation
- The Punisher
- The Punisher War Journal
And that’s just a few of many of his works. Chuck is still kicking at 63, and he is still wanted by the big two. This is much to the chagrin of never will be writers like Magdalene Vissagio and Aubrey Sitterson. When Dixon brought his talents to Vox Day and Arkhaven Comics. Everyone has paid attention. The social justice warriors, especially, by ramping up personal and libelous attacks against the veteran. That’s a topic for another post or podcast.
This is what’s relevant. Arkhaven has the talents of an award winning writer (Inkpot, 2014). Chuck Dixon has split up the book into 27 page pieces to absorb for the average writer. And Gary Kwapisz is going for the old school drawings of a 1940s graphic novel. Which if you’ve read Wodehouse’s material, its the appropriate method for this book.
Dixon has adapted the story excellently. And why not? This is a day at the office for Chuck. The story flows nicely. The art is camp, which is perfect for this story. And let’s face it, if you don’t find yourself reading this book in the voice of someone from Absolutely Fabulous or Downton Abbey… I can’t help you there.
The story at large doesn’t reinvent the wheel for the books. The main characters are all there in their absurd glory. Characters such as: Bertie Wooster, Jeeves, Aunt Dahlia, Augustus Fink-Nottle, and Madeline Bassett. This first edition covers the absurd first chapter: A Binge at Brinkley.
The story starts off with Aunt Dahlia trying to contract her flighty and somewhat obnoxiously likable nephew into doing work for her. This occurs, naturally, after Bertie has come home from a night of partying. The entire tale goes back and forth as he suckers Augustus into doing the work for him. This only works for a while, of course.
The entire tale takes place at Aunt Dahlia’s mansion. Where Bertie plays matchmaker while trying to avoid getting caught in one of his Aunt’s many schemes to make him responsible. And of course, Jeeves is right there to keep him in line.
If you love Wodehouse, give this book a shot. It’s $2.99 on Amazon, and go to their Castalia House website to see when the print versions are coming. It’s a fun read that you’ll have to brush up on your British to. However, Chuck and Gary make it entertaining. And a note: It’s only available in the US at the moment until the Wodehouse family signs off on exclusivity for Arkhaven to adapt the books.
This book is not bad. Give them a few shekels.