Lyndon White’s concertina books were something of a revelation when the first one hit my door and since then each one he has created has managed to become a much needed injection of uniqueness in my list of indie favourites.
Having already covered classics like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Dante’s Inferno, Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu and more recently War of the Worlds from H.G. Wells, he has turned his focus onto another classic with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Now Lyndon’s work already holds a hefty weight in my mind with the level of detail and use of colour but his concertina books have really managed to carve a niche of their own as he leans into the artwork and distills these much loved tales into a series of single page images that capture the complete story.
That sounds like a hard task in itself, especially when it’s another much-loved book and story alot of us already know but his ability to bring together images that capture the mood of those literary pages is a tried & tested process that’s already delivered…..so he makes it look easy. This proves to be another success on that front and while it may be a world away from a paneled comic book there’s still enough in those images to convey the progression of a story.
The appeal of something like a concertina book, particularly one without any text, could become a release with limited appeal but with the quality & context of each image being so well planned and finely tuned, there’s no denying that this can have a wider appeal. Lyndon has already proved that to be the case given the success of the previous stories he has chosen to depict and being a fan, it’s safe to say that as long as he continues to produce them, it’s pretty much guaranteed that the ‘Lyndon White’ section of my indie comic collection will keep on growing.
You can catch-up on Lyndon’s work over on his website and keep up to date with everything he is working on through Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You can also get hold of Frankenstein and his other concertina book releases through the campaign link below:
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Concertina Book Kickstarter