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The Secret of Kells Has Online Adaptation
October 8, 2010

The Secret of Kells came out on DVD this week, and I’m looking forward to seeing it as soon as Ed loans me his copy.

In the meantime, to promote the movie’s release on video, an online graphic novel version of the movie has been released through ComiXology, making it available on computer, iPad, and iPhone. This digital comic was written and drawn by Tomm Moore, the film’s director. It’s $4.99 for 110 pages, and you can see sample pages online. In addition,

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A free 22-page preview app features “Prequel 1: Brendan,” telling the origins of the main character, Brendan, and his rescue from barbarian attacks as a young child. In addition to the prequel story, the free preview app features additional sample pages from the full graphic novel, a link to download the film on iTunes, and four extended video clips from the movie.

The film is described as follows, with the trailer. (Update 11/13/10:) Unfortunately, although there are some gorgeous images in it, there is also a horribly racist caricature design for one of the brothers, so I can’t recommend seeing it. Now that I’ve watched the movie, I just don’t understand why something made today would contain such a throwback image.

Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes, in this sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. Young Brendan (Evan McGuire) lives under the care of his uncle Abbot Cellach (Brendan Gleeson), in a remote medieval outpost under siege from raiding barbarians. One day a celebrated master illuminator (Mick Lally) arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest, where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling (Christen Mooney), a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan’s determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil? The motion picture is a France/Belgium/Ireland co-production.

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