Russell did a lot of attention-getting work for Marvel, including Doctor Strange Annual #1 (1976) and a lengthy run on Killraven (1974–1976), before branching out as an independent artist. He returned to Elric several times, first with While the Gods Laugh (Epic, 1981), and Elric of Melniboné (1982–84), a limited series scripted by Roy Thomas from Pacific Comics.
He brought the character to First Comics with Elric: Weird of the White Wolf, and in 1993-95 he worked directly with scripter Michael Moorcock on Elric: Stormbringer (Dark Horse Comics). He also worked with my friend Mark Shainblum on The Chronicles of Corum, an ongoing series from First Comics, in the late 80s.
Russell’s first collaborations with Neil Gaiman were the famous “Ramadan” issue of Sandman (issue #50, 1992), which helped inspire Howard Andrew Jones to create Dabir & Asim, and a story in the Sandman graphic novel Endless Nights. That led to Russell’s first graphic adaptation for Gaiman, his novel Coraline (2008).
Now he’s produced his most ambitious collaboration with Gaiman yet: a two-volume graphic adaptation of The Graveyard Book, the tale of a boy who’s raised by ghosts in a graveyard. The first volume, just released, contains Chapter One through the Interlude, while the upcoming Volume Two contains Chapter Six through to the end.
Here’s the book description.
It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.
There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy — an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack —- who has already killed Bod’s family.
Each chapter in this adaptation by P. Craig Russell is illustrated b a different luminary from the comic book world, showcasing a variety of styles from a breadth of talent. Together, they bring Neil Gaiman’s award-winning, nationally bestselling novel The Graveyard Book to new live in this gorgeously illustrated two-volume graphic novel adaptation.
The artists contributing to Volume One are:
P. Craig Russell
Stephen B. Scott
Volume Two, on sale September 30, showcases:
P. Craig Russell
The colorist for Volume One is Lovern Kindzierski, who brings a fine sense of cohesiveness to the whole project.
Here’s a few page samples from the first volume:
The Graveyard Book, Volume One was published by Harper Books on July 29, 2014. It is 188 pages, priced at $19.99 in hardcover and $12.99 for the digital edition.