Sunday, December 20, 2009

My Trendy Contemporary Luster

This is dangerously close to counting as another life goal achieved: The New York Times ran a brief, positive mention of The Gift of the Magi, today.

Lately though, genteel poverty and bank runs aren’t so quaintly distant. Joel Priddy’s eye-catching adaptation of O. Henry’s classic Christmas tale, “The Gift of the Magi” (about a cash-strapped young husband and wife who sacrifice to buy each other decent gifts), feels positively up-to-the-minute. And that’s not only because it is a trendy graphic novelization, but also because its drawings evoke the contemporary luster of two-stops-past-Bedford hipster paupers.

It doesn't quite count for life-goal-purposes because it's not in The Book Review. I used to spend a lot of time illustrating other people's reviews there, so it features specifically in my authorial ambitions. But still, pretty danged happy-making. Thanks to Corey at Burke's Books for bringing this to my attention!


Shobo said...

Congrats Joel, and a Merry Christmas to you as well!

StephHW said...

wahoo, congrats! This is awesome :)

Pulpatooner said...

Thanks, Steph and Shobo!

Lauren Rae Holtermann said...

Whoa! FTW, Joel!