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Straight for the art | Templesmith’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Art by Ben Templesmith

Art by Ben Templesmith

Ben Templesmith unveils some pages he created for an unsuccessful bid to adapt Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (BOOM! Studios’ approach — a 24-issue series using the original text of the science-fiction classic — apparently was preferred by Dick’s heirs.)

“My take was always going to be a little different,” Templesmith writes, “definitely not wanting to use every single word of prose but getting all the dialogue and descriptions as right as I could. Translations between mediums, I’m sure you’d all agree, should be about playing to the strengths of the new one, not just trying to force a square peg in a round hole, etc.”

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Ah, I so would have bought that! Haven’t been too impressed with the art on the one currently.

“Translations between mediums, I’m sure you’d all agree, should be about playing to the strengths of the new one, not just trying to force a square peg in a round hole, etc.”

I agree with this. Having read part of the Boom! comic version, I found it *horribly* clumsy, due to all the text left in that told us what the illustrations were showing us. Especially the “he said/she said”s kind, which made me wince every time.

A better example of a book adapted in a not altogether dissimilar way is Steve Niles’ adaptation of Matheson’s “I Am Legend”, which did a much better job at getting the balance right with how much original text to leave in, as I recall.

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