Artist Joe Staton and author Charles Santino worked together to create the graphic novel adaptation of Anthem, the classic tale by Ayn Rand. In a *Web Exclusive Review* RT Reviewer Dawn Crowne says, “This graphic novel is a wonderful tribute to one of the most popular American novelists of modern time.” Crowne was particularly impressed with the way that the art of Anthem: The Graphic Novel reflected the story’s true sentiment that the future is a bleak one. Now Stanton takes us inside the pages of the project in this artist interview:
When creating Anthem: The Graphic Novel, how closely did you stay Rand’s original storyline?
Charles Santino and I were entirely faithful to book and respectful of Ms. Rand’s work. We really focused on the characterization of the two protagonists. I am especially proud of our work on Gaea [aka Liberty 5-3000]. She is such a strong character and we were really able to bring her out.
Where you at all intimidated adapting a work by such a popular author?
As an artist, you always feel pressure to make things look right. I mean, if you work on Scooby-Doo or Archie, you have to do it just right because everyone knows what they look like and how they act. Rand’s readers are just as strict. But I'd rather face an Ayn fan than a Star Trek fan!
The society in Anthem is made up of two very distinct groups – the workers living in collectives and the Council of Scholars who make the laws. How did you visually differentiate these two groups?