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Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  5,740 ratings  ·  1,034 reviews
I lost an arm on my last trip home.

Home is a new house with a loving husband in 1970s California that suddenly transformed in to the frightening world of the antebellum South.

Dana, a young black writer, can't explain how she is transported across time and space to a plantation in Maryland. But she does quickly understand why: to deal with the troubles of Rufus, a conflic
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Harry N. Abrams
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Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kindred is the tale of a black woman who is repeatedly transported from her 1970s apartment to antebellum Maryland. The main reason I requested the adaptation was so that I would finally force myself to read the full-length novel. I'm so glad I did because it ended up being one of my favorites last year! Kindred makes such a great candidate for a graphic novel because there's much dialogue and historical fiction seems to work especially well in the format. John Jennings and Damian Duffy they did ...more
Mariah Roze
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been wanting to read Octavia E. Butler's Kindred book forever! Well, I finally did... kind of! I read the graphic novel form. One of my friends posted a photo of them reading this on Instagram and I was shocked to see there was a graphic novel version. Thankfully the school that I teach at has an amazing graphic novel section and they had this book.

This book lead to the exploration of violence and the loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and how it has had a lasting im
Dave Schaafsma
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just reviewed Octavia Butler's 1979 novel that I read in 1980,

the first science fiction book I had read that deal with the issues of race and ethnicity. And slavery, as she depicts an African-American writer, Dana, in 1973 transported back to the nineteenth century South in order to intervene in the life of her progenitor, her great great grandfather, Rufus, who--could it be otherwise?--raped his slave, Alice, who would then become Dana's great great gr
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I came late to Octavia Butler’s work and am making up for lost time. A friend in college suggested Parable of the Sower to me. I read that, really liked it… and then didn’t read any more of her work until recently. I was nervous going into this adaptation of Kindred— how on earth could the art do justice to the complexity (and violence) of the original? Reader, it did. The art is beautiful and captures the horror of slavery, Dana’s struggle, and the weird compression of time. At the same time, i ...more
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I did not read the book, this graphic novel was adapted from first. I can't speak to any differences or similarities to the original novel. I can speak to the horror show of slavery, eloquently described with nuance throughout these pages. Slavery is apart of American History that most American's would rather forget. But this graphic novel makes you face the ugliness without kid gloves. I had to take breaks while reading because human beings being system
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this ages ago in the regular book format. I saw this graphic copy at the library and picked it up. Has very vivid pictures and was interesting to read in this context.
Brian Burmeister
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Crowned the “grand dame of science fiction” by Essence, Octavia Butler was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed science fiction writers of the 20th century. Her career spanned over a dozen novels and, among her many awards and honors, Butler was the first science fiction writer to win a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, before being cut short. In 2006, she tragically passed away at the age of fifty-eight.

Thirty-eight years after its original publication, Butler’s best-sel
3.5/5 stars!

Kindred is a book I've been wanting to read for a while, but my hectic schedule, (read: my inability to stop requesting books from Net Galley), hasn't allowed me the time to squeeze it in. When I saw this graphic novel adaptation available on, (where else?), Net Galley, I had to have it. Luckily, they approved me and here we are.

I enjoyed the heck out of this story-as much as a story partly about slavery can be enjoyed. Dana, (a young black woman), through some unknown mechanism, ge
Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it

Octavia E. Butler's Kindred is a weird blend of biography, science-fiction, and historical fiction.

Los Angeles, 1976. Dana and Kevin, black and white, wife and husband, begin teleporting/time traveling to the year 1819. The story mostly follows Dana's time on Maryland's Weylin Plantation, spent in the company of the owner's son Rufus and the other slaves.

As a time piece it's incredibly brutal and accurate, but to be honest it doesn't seem to say anything new. American slavery was an evil socia
Having just read the novel of this book, seeing it in graphic formation was just wonderful.

The comic rendition was drawn in a way that I feel keeps the feeling of the novel. It is shorter, but I feel it keeps true to the story nonetheless.

I like the color scheme and the lines, there's a picture and on page 174 (of the Kindle version) where you see Dana transported between time and I felt like that was exactly how I pictured it in my mind.

But of course since this is the graphic novel adaption
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
It's hard to rate this without comparing it to Kindred, the novel. The source material is amazing. I enjoyed this adaptation, but it felt like in some ways like it was hitting bullet points.
Carol Flores
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book is hard to rate because racism, bigotry and slavery are topics that are not easy to read. One would think that we’ve changed things, that we’ve made better decisions, but truth be told, we’re in the same place as in the 60s.

Kindred is sort of a time-travel story that has this woman who can go back in time, whenever this white guy is in danger. At first, when he’s just a kid, she helps him because he’s only a helpless kid that repeats what he listens and sees, but eventually, when she
Kindred is one of my favorite books and it made a lasting impact on me when I read it last year. Reading the graphic novel version was a slightly different experience that I will try to explain. The first difference is that the story doesn't seem as personal as the actual book. The first person narration was much more complex in the novel, with no surprise, but I feel the graphic novel missed out on some possible great moments of introspection by Dana. Yes, all of the important scenes are in the ...more
Dov Zeller
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Octavia Butler is something of a hero among several of my friends and I've been told many times over the years to read her. I've tried before without much success. The prose just doesn't pull me in. This winter I finally got a little deeper into two Butler novels, Fledgling and Kindred. Fledgling I listened to about half of and then for the rest read a synopsis. Kindred I listened to a few chapters of and then read this graphic adaptation, and I'm grateful to finally have a little more of a conn ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good books make you cry. Great books make you think. Fantastic books stay with you long after you read them, and haunt you with their story. This book, this book has all those factors. If the story is this good in graphic novel form, it makes me feels I should run right out and read the original.

I thought, when I got it, I would flip through a few pages, and then go back to work. Well, 200 something pages later, I had not gone back to work.

Very moving story of a young, black woman from 1976, goi
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I got a free uncorrected proof at ALA. If you've read Kindred, you know that Octavia Butler's novel is not for the faint of heart. In interviews she mentions that she wrote the book to help modern people emotionally understand slavery but that she toned down the horrific realities of slavery. Reading the graphic novel is gutwrenching in a different way as you view Butler's storytelling unfold panel by panel. ...more
I had heard a lot about Octavia Butler and I knew how much of a pioneer she is in the field of fantasy/sci-fi for black authors. But I’m also not much into reading classics and never thought I would be diving into her work. But, we chose Kindred as the March BOTM for our Stars and Sorcery book club and I decided to pick up the graphic novel adaptation. I don’t know exactly what I’m supposed to feel after reading this but I know I’m better off for having had this experience and the insight into t ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
#RWLChallenge: A graphic novel with a POC

I like the storyline and am actually even more interested in reading the complete story. There are a lot of themes and I would love to see how they are fleshed out.
Ivy Reisner
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I hate giving this story in any form less than five stars. It's one of the masterworks of speculative fiction, and one of the greatest novels of all time. I highly recommend the original.

The artwork cost it a star. It's just bad. There are these weird excess lines as if the face were drawn, then fixed, then the original line was just kind of left there. There are key points in the book (such as how she lost her arm -- no spoiler, that's mentioned in the first line) that are just unclear because
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 stars

I’ve not read Kindred, but I want to get more into graphic novels again, so I couldn’t pass this up at ALA. I struggled a bit with Parable of the Sower, the one Butler novel I read, but the graphic novel format worked really well.

Reading an advance graphic novel is interesting. Take this review with a whole lot of salt, because the final graphic novel’s going to be in color, but the ARC is black and white and much of it isn’t close to final art. Towards the end, some panels are even jus
Elizabeth A
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphix, 2017
I have only read one book by the author to date, and really disliked it. That book, in case you are wondering, is Dawn. It's not that I don't like sci-fi/fantasy, it's that when I read a book I expect to either learn something, or be entertained, so don't get me started on my issues with tentacles in Dawn. That experience did not encourage me to read any more of her books, and it's a shame as so many people think she's one of the sci-fi greats.

When I saw this graphic novel adaptation of one of h
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I haven't read Kindred and perhaps one should before reading this graphic novel. I feel that parts are missing that would have helped make this story smoother.
The graphics were okay. The faces seemed a bit course at times.
All in all, an interesting enough story but it had jumps in it that made the story seem disjointed.
Rachel Mans McKenny
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Incredible version of this text. Instead of infantilizing Butler's work, this graphic novel elevates it. The images are stark and moody and the message still resonates. Some panels were chilling. A good partner with the original, but definitely not a substitute for it.
Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Harper Miller
2.5 stars. Kindred is my favorite book. It's royalty in the badass book hierarchy. I'd been anticipating this graphic novel for a long while, and I suppose my expectations were a bit too high. I wasn't thrilled with the illustration and some of the choices made by the editors. I wanted so much more from this but was left feeling unfulfilled. Super bummed. ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This graphic novel just did not do it for me. As most reviewers state, the artwork takes away from the story. It is truly distracting and not attractive at all. The graphic, in total, does not do Butler's book justice
as it does not present the depth or urgency of the times.
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read the original novel but this was very powerful. The art work let it down.
An almost perfect graphic adaptation of a truly amazing novel!
Prince William Public Libraries
As a huge fan of Octavia Butler I picked up this graphic novel adaptation having never read the original text. After finishing “Kindred”, it’s definitely worth it to revisit the source material if you’re curious or just a completionist. However, this graphic novel has enough depth in its story to leave the casual reader completely satisfied. It’s unsettling, in a good way, making the reader question their own opinions towards slavery and why this graphic novel is particularly relevant today.

At first.. I was reluctant because I didn't like the colors of the illustrations. I decided to give it a chance and at first it looked just to "yellow and cabin like". Over all it was a great read even in graphic novel and it was nice seeing it come to life in pictures. I still hope they make it into a movie. ...more
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Damian Duffy is a cartoonist, scholar, writer, curator, lecturer, teacher, and Glyph Comics Award-winning graphic novelist. He holds a MS and PhD in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His many publications include academic essays (in comics form) on new media & learning and art books about underrepresentation in comics culture.

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