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Igor Karash
Edmund White's A Boy's Own Story Graphic Novel
Medium: Digital

A Boy’s Own Story is an autobiographical novel by Edmund White that was published in 1982. The work quickly became iconic for its compassionate, frank, and revelatory treatment of the challenges gay youth faced while growing up during 1950s and 1960s until the Stonewall Revolution of 1969. The graphic novel is an adaptation of the original work by writers Brian Alessandro and Michael Carroll. The illustration work consists of a book concept design, cover art, and 260 pages filled with digitally painted frames visually actualizing Alessandro and Carroll’s script. The book required a rigorous effort in capturing the aesthetic and atmosphere of the American Midwest of the 1950s, New York of the 1960s and 1970s, and Paris of late 1980s. My solution was to give the narrative all the theatricality and sophistication that made White’s 1982 novel so memorable, and from the early stages of the project I have made decision to apply some of my ‘book illustration’ approaches to graphic novel genre.

Client: Top Shelf Productions / Closure Creative
Art Director: Igor Karash

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