I.N.J. Culbard, the artist known for a range of books including Brass Sun over at 2000AD and Wild’s End over at BOOM!, has announced that he’ll next be adapting Robert W. Chambers’ short story collection ‘The King in Yellow’ at SelfMadeHero. That was a long sentence with a lot of bits in it, wasn’t it? Yeesh.
Due for release next May, this will take the form of a 144-page graphic novel, with Culbard adapting all ten – I think – of the stories from the original anthology. The King in Yellow is one of those books which gets referenced a lot by artsy people, and was one of the things that kept popping up during True Detective’s first season. The first four stories are all loosely connected to one another through reference and influence, before turning into a series of ambiguous and supernatural pieces.
It’s a canny choice for Culbard, this one. I wouldn’t have expected it, but it’s a characteristically unusual adaptation from a publisher who are starting to become quite well known for unusually adapting things.