Updated: Jun 20
Hi HALE Addicts!
Don’t you just love it when your favorite series comes out with its own graphic novel? Like Twilight, A Game of Thrones, and Percy Jackson? I sure do! As a visual learner who grasps more when studying it with my eyes, reading graphic novels, or watching a movie based on a book lets you experience the story in a new light; showcasing events you might have overlooked before.
Graphic Novels and comic books in general are just one of many things that makes my heart soar! Manga, Anime, you name it. I’m into it. As for the things that I've currently enjoyed, I just finished watching Blood of Zeus on Netflix, and loved it! Gore and guts included, though it took a few episodes for me to get used to it. I also just finished Toby Cliff's enchanting Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, and am now an obsessed fan of Mr. Cliff!
As an author who also happens to be an artist, you could imagine the urge for me to fulfill my grandest dream. Writing books is one thing, creating a graphic novel for them is another thing entirely. Being only 24, I did not think I would take on such a project until I finished the Hale series, and I especially did. not think I would do it on my own.
It was at this moment of my life that a great opportunity opened for me, allowing me to dare this attempt while managing my numerous doubts. After all, each artist has their own style that I was still developing, and every scene can be drawn from infinite perspectives. How could I possibly create a graphic novel with no training on the subject? Not to mention, it was very (emphasis on very) hard for me to draw the same characters over and over, in different positions. With great frustration, I researched and practiced.
I knew that my realistic, detailed style wouldn’t pan out for the small panels you see in comics and graphic novels. I needed to adapt and I forced myself to. Finally, I conquered one character at a time with a consistent style, developed a look and feel for the novel, and worked from there. Now I am proudly showing off these first pages to Hale: The Rise of the Griffins (the Graphic Novel), drawn solely by me, J.K. Noble. I can’t believe I accomplished so much and I am very proud of how far I’ve come. What do you think of it? Want to read more? Check it out in my shop! Coming soon to stores near you!
JK Noble | Author | Artist | Philanthropist
Published author of the new YA Fantasy Series, HALE.
Creator of the LMB franchise and the Encourage Literacy Foundation.