Last week, Abrams Books finally released the highly anticipated graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic novel, Kindred. Created by our friends John Jennings and Damian Duffy — collectively known as J2D2, the book has already shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover graphic novels! To celebrate this momentous occasion, revisit my conversation with them recorded last summer during San Diego Comic-Con. The conversation is also available via podcast from Soundcloud (embedded below). Please remember to subscribe to Hard NOC Life on YouTube or iTunes and leave us a rating and review so folks can find us there! And don’t forget to get your own copy of Kindred.
We talk about the honor and challenges behind adapting Octavia Butler’s story and why it’s important for new audiences to engage with her work and why it’s taken so long to have Butler’s work adapted. They also discuss the long tradition of black speculative fiction and Afrofuturism and their place in mainstream literary spaces. John also talks about his recent Eisner win!