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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Ian Edginton
Ian Culbard

If it were I who was to be forever young and the picture that was to grow old! ...I would give my soul for that!

This graphic novel rejuvenates Oscar Wilde’s classic The Picture of Dorian Gray, the story of a man who, exhilarated by his friends’ praise of his youth and beauty, asks to be able to retain them eternally. When he discovers that his wish has been granted and that the portrait painted by his friend Basil will age instead of him, Dorian’s naivety turns into narcissism and a feeling of invulnerability. Influenced by the decadent aristocrat Lord Henry, he soon embarks upon a career of selfish hedonism, breaking several lives on the way. But while Dorian thinks himself unaccountable for his sins, the portrait shows him the true darkness of his soul. Ultimately, Dorian will find out that although you can ignore your conscience for a while, it always catches up with you... In this dark tale, the master of provocation Oscar Wilde gives a modern turn to the Gothic genre, fusing the Faustian theme with moral ambiguity and dandy attitude.

As well as an artist, Ian Culbard is a writer, having been published by Dark Horse Comics in their New Recruits anthology in 2006, beating thousands of other submissions to claim his place, and has appeared in the Judge Dredd Megazine. He is also an acclaimed animation director with considerable experience in directing commercials, developing projects for television and producing and directing short films. This is Culbard’s first full-length graphic novel.

Ian Edginton is one of Britain's best known writers, who has had a tremendous impact on the world of comics. He believes that the key to his success is based on good collaborations with other artists from the industry; most famously D’Israeli (Scarlet Traces, Leviathan, Stickleback) and Steve Yeowell (The Red Seas). He recently adapted Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders In the Rue Morgue (illustrated by D’Israeli) for SelfMadeHero’s graphic anthology Nevermore. In 2007 his graphic novel Scarlet Traces: The Great Game was nominated for Best Limited Series and Best Writer at the prestigious Eisner Awards.


Self Made Hero, paperback, 128 pages, published October 2008



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