You may know that The Mark of Athena comes out October 2, but that also marks the publication date for The Red Pyramid graphic novel! Ever wonder how a graphic novel is put together? The folks at Disney were kind enough to send some images that show the different stages.

First a script is developed, taking the book and condensing it like a screenplay. Since a graphic novel is much shorter than a regular novel, the adaption team has to figure out how to relay the story in words and pictures without losing anything!

Once that's done, they make a layout of each page, roughly sketching out what each panel will show and say.

Here's the layout for page 16 of The Red Pyramid:

After that, the artist does a pencil version of the artwork, which refines the look of each panel:

Then color is added to the art:

And finally, the text is lettered, making a complete page:

Pretty cool, huh? And just wait until you see the entire graphic novel. It looks spectacular. I'll another page with you next week, from layout to finished product, so stay tuned!

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Published on September 07, 2012 07:12 • 1,244 views
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Sage (the Dalek) Sadie has really long legs in this one...

message 2: by Katy (new)

Katy That looks so cool!

message 3: by Lexie (new)

Lexie That sounds so cool!

message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah McAtee awesome!!!!

message 5: by Reena (new)

Reena Dixit Awesome
I hope i get to read it soon

keeping it simple wow that looks sick! (in a good way)

message 7: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Coolness!

message 8: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Awesomeness!

message 9: by Becca (new)

Becca Awesome XD

message 10: by Elise (new)

Elise Wat a graphic novel!!!
is there one on the percy jackson series

message 11: by Zino (new)

Zino Elise wrote: "Wat a graphic novel!!!
is there one on the percy jackson series"

Yup, there are two graphic novels in the Percy Jackson series
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters :)

message 12: by Montana (new)

Montana Phan Wow! That's cool how they do that!

message 13: by Lexie (new)

Lexie Sage wrote: "Sadie has really long legs in this one..."


message 14: by Wasabi (new)

Wasabi I love graphic novels!

message 15: by Lily (new)

Lily so excited

message 16: by David (new)

David Anderson cant wait

message 17: by Laurice (new)

Laurice Pillagara OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

message 18: by Laurice (new)

Laurice Pillagara OMG Rick, you're so amazing!! I love all your series. Omg. Sometimes I feel like you're Percy Jackson and you're just telling their story thru your and their point of view. Omg, am I going crazy yet?! I love you and your books and the characters you create even Bes. <3

message 19: by Valentina (new)

Valentina Yeah! Cant wait! Though, Sadie looks older then whats shes suppose to be.

message 20: by Lily (new)

Lily true

message 21: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Izzy said: 'Yeah! Cant wait! Though, Sadie looks older then whats shes suppose to be.'
She does seem older.

message 22: by Aminah G (new)

Aminah G Awesome!

message 23: by Halima (new)

Halima Abdi yayyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

message 24: by _whitegirlValerie (last edited Sep 11, 2012 03:55PM) (new)

_whitegirlValerie That's cool. But I'm SO excited for The Mark of Athena!! I pretty much wait for the next book of that series to come out all year. (does that make sense idk lol)

message 25: by Aamir (new)

Aamir K. Rick Riordan is the best!!!!!!

message 26: by Scrooge (new)

Scrooge Mcduck Hurrah!

Percyjacksonrox!!! whoa, cool!

message 28: by Kim (new)

Kim Machi WOW!! This would be amazing to use in schools (I am a teacher in a high needs deistrict). I often use comics and graphic novels in teaching due to the high interest level it has for my kiddos! I will have to start saving my pennies so I can buy a set for my class!

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