Jun 19th 2012 By: Andy Khouri
Based on the novel by Seth Graeme-Smith, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
is one of the summer's more curious releases, imagining an amusingly outrageous scenario whereby the legendary American president was actually a skilled slayer of the undead. The film is produced by Tim Burton and directed by Timur Bekmambetov
, both of whom have obvious connections to the comic book world via their adaptations of the Batman comics and Wanted
, respectively. In support of Abraham Lincoln
, Bekmambetov has teamed with Aspen Comics to release a book quite unlike anything we can remember seeing
While it's typical for a film's storyboards -- the simple, comic-book-style drawings that map out a movie's shots -- to be reproduced along with script pages in those handsome "Art of the Movie" books, the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
team have gone the extra step to reconfigure the storyboard images by artist Indar Dzhendubaev into an actual comic book
. It's a pretty cool idea, and we've got loads of images to demonstrate the results.
Bekmambetov considers the comic, officially called Director's Cut: The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
, to be his director's cut of the film. Interestingly, the narrative is constructed in such a way that the graphic novel retells the movie's story from the point of view of its villain, played by Rufus Sewell in the film.
Director's Cut: The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
is on sale now
in bookstores and will be available in finer comics shops later this week.