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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wodehouse

Here's something I've been working on over the last couple of weeks. I've always wanted to do a P. G. Wodehouse graphic novel adaptation, and the only way I know of of making that happen is to actually do a few pages and see whether I can get anyone interested in publishing some more. So that's what I did.

The rights issues are a bit confusing: this particular story is in public domain in the USA, but (apparently) not in the UK, so I'm not sure if a book is even a possibility. Nevertheless, I've adapted it as a comic (originally published in 1916 in the Saturday Evening Post under the title "Leave It to Jeeves") to show what I could do with it if given the opportunity. Regardless of its eventual destination, I hope you enjoy it.
















68 comments:

  1. I'm making sparkly eyes at this - it's soooo good! Just that title lettering alone. I hope something comes of this.

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  2. Any thoughts to kickstarting it like Rick Geary does? And then later placing it w/ a publisher? I'll back it if you do!

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    1. The copyright situation is a bit of a minefield but I'm talking to a publisher who's working on that. Ever hopeful.

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  3. That's a winner. I would happily buy it as a comic The bonus is seeing the Baby Blobbs strip. Very well done!

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  4. Any chance you can do the public domain ones through kickstarter? I'd support that with some $$.

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    1. They're only public domain in the USA, and I'm in the UK, I'm afraid. Bit complicated.

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  5. Simply great. But given my digital illiteracy, I would need some guidance as to how to enlarge the strip so I can read it through and through without straining my eyes too much. One needs to savour something like this without further delay. Pip pip.

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    1. They enlarge if you click on the images - but I'm hoping print will eventually be an option.

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  6. I don't know if I've ever wanted a comic more than I want a Roger Langridge Jeeves and Wooster. This is fantastic-- I would blissfully read a thousand pages of this.

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    1. Very high praise coming from you - thank you!

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  7. One of my favourite artists adapting one of my favorite authors!This is absolutely fantastic!You've excelled yourself Mr Lagridge.
    What needs to be done for a full graphic novel of these?

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    1. The current copyright holder needs to be wooed and cajoled into letting it happen. I'm in contact with parties who are working on this.

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  8. Wonderful stuff! :) top of page 11 especially good and loved the retro strip. Aaaah those were the days. A full page of cartoon in the paper!

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  9. This is fantastic, I was just thinking the other day tht somebody should adapt Jeeves and Wooster for comics, and not only has my wish instantly come true, but you've got it absolutely spot on! Thank you for sharing this :)

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  10. Bloody BRILLIANT. Wish I had the dosh to commission the lot.

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    1. I'd happily do more for a very reasonable sum if I could ensure they'd be published at some point. That's the hurdle, alas!

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  11. That was hilarious! Hope you get the opportunity to do more.

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  12. This was terrific! I genuinely laughed aloud many times! I've read some of the books and particularly love the television series adaptations that featured Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. Hope this leads to more!

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  13. If this story is, indeed, public domain in the US, then visit an intellectual property lawyer (legalzoom.com can make doing this easy and economical) then self publish in the US. Seriously, this is magnificant!

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  14. My actual name is Bill Vallely, and I'm currently doing the legal stuff to create my own (American) publishing company, Necessary, to publish MY graphic novel "Tips To Fight Dry Eye ... That Work!" As long as I did the heavy lifting to establish a company, I'm publishing a friend's book "Tips to protect your small business computer ... on a shoestring." If there are no wise traditional publishers, perhaps we could talk? My email is eyetoonist@gmail.com

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    1. I literally only found this unmoderated comment today and it's exactly a year after you wrote it, so my apologies for that. I'm currently talking to a publisher who are working on the copyright stuff but I will definitely keep your kind offer in mind if that doesn't pan out, thank you.

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  15. This is great. Would certainly buy. Have you considered funding through UNBOUND?

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    1. Sure have. Copyright issues need to be resolved first, though.

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  16. Wow. A perfect blending of the Lord of British wit and your wonderful art.

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  17. Smashing! Your work is always an inspiration to me. I would happily buy a Jeeves and Wooster series, graphic novel or what have you! I hope I get the opportunity one day!

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  18. lengoldstein6/18/2018 3:54 am

    Excellent translation from words to pictures. Jeeves' expression oozes quiet dignity, Corky's baby portrait couldn't be more hellish, and the Baby Blobbs cartoons are redolent of the cartoon humor of that time. I was happy to see references to old favorites like Ignatz's brick and Spark Plug's patched horse blanket. My one quibble is that in changing Wodehouse's phrase from "his main income came from his rich uncle" to "his principle source of income..." you misspelled the adjective, which should be "principal" (though "as a matter of principle" is perfectly correct--go figure). Good luck with this project!

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    1. Yes, there are a couple of flubs that crept in (which I've since corrected but haven't updated here). I appreciate your eagle eyes!

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  19. Well done!

    As a Wodehouse fan, I must compliment you. Very good, and loyal to the original

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  20. Roger, as a huge fan of both you and Wodehouse, this is wonderful. I'd love to see a full Wodehouse book adapted by you! Well done!

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  21. This is perfect in every way.

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  22. LOVE THIS! I just read this story two weeks ago (bizarre coincidence) and thought it'd make a great comic what with the comic-themed resolution! Nice stuff, Mr. Langridge!

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    1. Thanks! The Sunday Page opportunity was what made me settle on adapting this one - I thought it was perfect for the medium.

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  23. Fantastic!! Would love to see this in print, as a life-long Wodehouse fan.

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  24. Great job! I liked the shout-out to Krazy Kat too...

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  25. Thank you, that is most diverting.

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  26. Damn, this is so charming. I really hope somebody agrees to publish a book of these!

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    1. Plans are in motion (or wheels are afoot, one of those).

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  27. This is terrific! Thanks for sharing it.

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  28. I love PG Wodehouse, and enjoyed your adaptation immensely. I don't know who his UK publisher currently is, but you should pass this along to someone at Overlook Press in the US. I'd love to see you try some of his other characters--I can just imagine you doing an Empress of Blandings story!

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    1. I'd love to do that too. I can imagine a rougher, more organic sort of style for the countryside.

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  29. I have no idea about the commercial possibilities, but you have done a jolly good job with the visual. Well done!

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  30. This is awesome! I've been thinking recently that Wodehouse would work well as a comic. Your take on this is perfect. Thanks for sharing. I hope you get to do more.

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  31. I am a fan of PG Wodehouse and this is absolutely wonderful! Made my day :) Great job and wish you the very best for the future!

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