Blam! Whoom! R-rumble!
While U’s “United 93” has received attention for its hot-button subject matter, the comicbook world is ramping up its own take on the subject of 9/11.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux is publishing a comicbook adaptation of the government’s “9/11 Report” in September, timed to the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
The publisher chose to bow its new line of non-fiction “novel graphics” with the provocative project. But it isn’t ready to talk about how it will market it.
“There’s a great deal of interest in the air, and we are working on how the book is going to be covered,” a rep said last week in the wake of Tribeca’s emotional preem of “United 93.”
Originated by Richie Rich creator Sid Jacobson and vet artist Ernie Colon, “The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation” tracks all four flights in the terrorist attacks, using parallel timelines to tell the unfolding story. Sample pages depict chilling events — and potentially controversial caricatures of the hijackers — along with traditional comicbook sound effects like “Blam!” upon Flight 77’s impact on the Pentagon.
The booming graphic novel sector has tackled tricky topics before. Art Spiegelman, who won a Pulitzer for his “Maus” graphic novel about the Holocaust, weighed in on 9/11 with “In the Shadow of No Towers” two years ago. And Roaring Brook Press is issuing “Deogratias,” a graphic novel about the Rwanda genocide, under its First Second imprint.