When you hear the title Jane, it might not immediately occur to you that the work in question could be referring to Jane Eyre, particularly when you’re dealing with an original graphic novel. A fresh adaptation would be exciting, but an original interpretation updated to modern life, even better. The creative team behind this original graphic novel to be published by the Archaia imprint of Boom! Studios is pretty exciting, too.
The writer behind The Devil Wears Prada and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Aline Brosh McKenna, will be scripting this tale, and Eisner Award winner Ramón K. Pérez (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand) will be illustrating it.
The book’s plot is described thus by Archaia:
Growing up in a small fishing town, Jane dreamed of going to art school and escaping to New York City. When that dream becomes a reality, however, it’s not long before she feels intimidated by her new home and the talent of her peers. Needing money, she gets a comfortable job as a nanny for a young girl, Adele, but her security soon upended when she falls for the girl’s father, Rochester, a somber man with charm, wealth, and a dark secret that could consume them all.
Aline Brosh McKenna says:
I am so excited for people to read our new take on this classic story. Our Jane is a modern girl working through some very contemporary problems but she retains Jane Eyre’s signature moral goodness and clarity. We moved the story in exciting new directions while maintaining the mystery, romance, and yearning that has kept this story vital for years. Working with Ramón is a dream come true, I am such a fan, and I’m excited for the world to see how he has taken words and story and transformed them into visual magic in a way only he can.
Ramón K. Pérez adds:
Jane is an exciting experience since it allows us to bring our interpretation of the beloved classic Jane Eyre to a whole new audience and will give longtime fans of the original Brontë sisters’ novel the opportunity to experience it visualized in an entirely new and innovative way.
This is definitely a volume to look out for and examine the ways in which classic works of literature can inspire new storytelling experiences for creators and for readers. Jane is set to arrive in Fall of 2017.