Keyword: The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia graphic novel unveiled

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The eagerly-awaited graphic novel version of the famous crime story The Black Dahlia by American author James Ellroy is hitting the bookstore shelves this week in France. The journey from initial project to the publication of Le Dahlia noir, which has been followed by Mediapart, has been a long and at times complex one. But as Dominique Bry says, the outcome has been worth it. Here Mediapart readers are treated to a sneak preview of the graphic novel's first chapter.

A graphic account of the riddle of The Black Dahlia

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When James Ellroy published his celebrated crime novel The Black Dahlia in 1987, based on the true story of the unsolved 1947 murder in Los Angeles of Elizabeth Ann Short, it established him as one of the leading neo-noire authors, selling millions of copies worldwide. Now Ellroy has agreed to a major project by French publishers to turn it into a graphic novel, with artwork by Paris-based US illustrator Miles Hyman and text by French ‘BD’ writer Matz. Mediapart has gained exclusive access to follow the complex making of this unusual work, from its initial conception all the way through to its publication in 2013. In this first report, with video, Hyman takes Dominique Bry through the early steps and sketches (pictured) of the project, for which the first, essential challenge was to convince Ellroy that it should happen.