The journey to the book

This blog tells the story of Graphic Dead Man Walking. How the germ of an idea sprouted into a work of graphic non-fiction, an adaptation of Sister Helen Prejean’s classic Dead Man Walking.

It’s full of tidbits on the arts of writing, drawing and adaptation.

Historic Meeting

Historic Meeting

[Note: This series begins with older posts originally published on Facebook. I’ve included them in this collection to provide a fuller history. I’ll add the original date of the post to each of these older ones.] Originally published February 18th, 2019 Helen (Sister Helen Prejean) and I got together at the local Barnes & Noble on Vets for a...

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Immersing in graphic novels

Immersing in graphic novels

Welcome to everyone who has just subscribed to this newsletter. First, a little bit about me. My name is Rose Vines. I’m an expat Aussie, a writer, techie, and human rights worker. I’ve lived in New Orleans since the mid-90s, worked with Sister Helen Prejean since 2002, and have been her online “voice” for much of that time. I am the scriptwriter...

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Discovering Catherine

Discovering Catherine

As Sr. Helen Prejean and I immersed ourselves in the world of graphic books, we were not only learning, we were also searching. Searching for an illustrator for Graphic Dead Man Walking (GDMW). We contemplated approaching Nate Powell, who had illustrated Congressman John Lewis’s March trilogy, and we discussed the work of many other artists. We...

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Why a graphic Dead Man Walking?

Why a graphic Dead Man Walking?

Since Sister Helen Prejean’s Dead Man Walking was published in 1993, it has been transformed into an Academy Award-winning film, a play, and a hugely popular opera. What were our reasons for adding to this list of adaptations? The following excerpt from the book proposal we submitted to Random House in 2019 gives our reasoning. Why a graphic...

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