Monday, June 24, 2013

Green Knight Comes to Graphic Novels

A Green Knight isn't only one that's a newbie at the table. No, the character first appeared in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in the 14th century. Not only that, but the character also appears to have made an impression on J.R.R. Tolkien, who translated an edition of the story before writing his better known works. Now, writer Chris Hunting is bringing the character to comics. He'll be joined by artist John-Paul Howard, a relative newcomer on the comic book scene.

Bunting explains: "The Green Knight is pure comic book fare. He is a powerful giant green knight, and seems barking mad. He makes the ideal foil for the Green Man. Does any association remain with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table? You will have to keep reading to find out. Expect a visually stunning Green Knight, yet one that is respectful to how he was originally intended. A character that clearly inspired J. R. R. Tolkien deserves nothing less."

The Green Man comic book, featuring the Green Knight, is available now from www. mohawkmedia.co.uk/ecocomic. Full press release below.
GREEN KNIGHT 'INSPIRATION TO J.R.R. TOLKIEN' COMES TO GRAPHIC NOVELS

Eco Comics has announced that it is bringing the legendary Green Knight to its range of comic books and graphic novels.

The Green Knight first appeared in the famous 14th-century medieval Arthurian tale, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In it, he confronted King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

He is also notable as he appears to have been highly influential on J.R.R. Tolkien, who translated an edition of the fantasy story before going on to write The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The character will make his comic book debut in the series featuring the publisher's other legendary green character, the leafy-headed Green Man.

Writer Chris Bunting explains: "The Green Knight is pure comic book fare. He is a powerful giant green knight, and seems barking mad. He makes the ideal foil for the Green Man.

"Does any association remain with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table? You will have to keep reading to find out.

"Expect a visually stunning Green Knight, yet one that is respectful to how he was originally intended. A character that clearly inspired J. R. R. Tolkien deserves nothing less."

The character will join other famous faces at the award-winning 'green' publisher, including, among others: Dracula, Robin Hood, Green Man, Dick Turpin, Englishman, and Mr. T.

Eco Comics sees the Green Knight as a perfect fit to this roster, especially as many scholars consider Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as the world's first eco-poem. He will go on to play a prominent role in the publisher's plans.

Exclusive Green Knight preview art is available on the publisher's blog blog.mohawkmedia.co.uk, and the character's own dedicated Facebook page facebook.com/official.GreenKnight

The Green Man comic book, featuring the Green Knight, is available now from www. mohawkmedia.co.uk/ecocomics

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