Chamberlain was approached by the book publisher HarperCollins to illustrate an a graphic novel version of Beowulf written by Stefan Petrucha. "I thought this adaptation was really good," Chamberlain says. The oldest epic tale in the English language, penned around 700 A.D. by an anonymous author, tells the story of the hero Beowulf who battles to free the Danes from the clutches of the monster Grendel.
"I really liked the idea that the publishers were targeting young readers," Chamberlain says. "Everything I've done so far has been geared for adults. But this story's not dumbed down at all. I still think adults will dig it."
Chamberlain's version couldn't have come at a better time. On Friday, The Robert Zemeckis film Beowulf premieres nationwide, starring Ray Winstone, Crispin Glover and Angelina Jolie, with a script co-written by Neil Gaiman, noted author of The Sandman comic.
While the film version is already being touted for its digital motion capture approach to the story, Chamberlain approached his subject in a more modest manner. "I wanted to try to simplify my style in my storytelling," he says. It took him four months to illustrate the 96-pages. "I wanted to focus on the core ' the storytelling and the pacing ' and not so much on the rendering."
Beowulf retails for $8.99 and is recommended for ages 8-12. It's available locally at Acadiana Comics, And Books Too, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million. For more information, visit www.kodychamberlain.com.
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
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