Sea Lion Books to adapt Anne Rice's <i>Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana</i>

Anne Rice is overseeing a number of comic adaptations of her work these days: Yen Press is adapting Interview with the Vampire into a graphic novel, and putting a twist on it by changing the narrator, and IDW is doing a six-issue adaptation of Servant of the Bones. Now Sea Lion Books, helmed by David Dabel, has picked up the rights to a very different Anne Rice novel, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. No vampires here; the book is the second in a series Rice did telling the story of the life of Christ, and she says she researched it extensively to ensure that it would be accurate. The graphic novel is being adapted by Anne Elizabeth, who wrote Pendulum for Sea Lion, and illustrated by Siya Oum.

Sea Lion has a modest catalog of YA titles, including a graphic novel adaptation of Paolo Coelho's The Alchemist, and they are publishing Richelle Mead's Storm Born as single-issue comics, apparently. (I can only find one issue on their website.) I know that vampires were a big part of the mix when they launched, so this particular choice from Anne Rice's repertoire seems a bit odd, but it will be interesting to see what they do with it.

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