Shardcast: White Sand Vol. 1


We're back, and this week we're reading White Sand Volume 1, the graphic novel, in anticipation for Volume 2 which comes out February 20th. We discuss everything that happened, our feelings on the transition to a graphic novel and its quality, analysis of the magic (as you no doubt expect), and what we expect after the three volumes of the graphic novel are finished. 

Let's talk about spoilers. There will be discussion of the unpublished, White Sand prose version, but we don't talk about big plot points and we stay focused on Volume 1's stuff. But the prose version colors our impression of Taldain, and it's important we talk about how and why that is.

Today we have Eric (Chaos), Ian (WeiryWriter), and David (Windrunner). Next week we will have a Very Special Episode, so stay tuned. 

 

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Child of Hodor

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Style-wise I found it a poor choice to have all the characters in the first chunk of the book wear all white uniforms while they are in a desert where the sand is all white.

I know it is practical to wear white in the desert, but it doesn't look great visually. It also made it hard to figure out who was who as we are being introduced to the characters in this first part. 

The visuals in other locations were better and there are neat details like the face in the clouds looking down. I'm interested to learn more about this setting, but this didn't grab hold of me. 

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A lot of the issues you mentioned about worldbuilding and characterization are why I haven't read the prose yet. I've seen so many comments of people complaining about things the prose did better that I decided to wait until after all three graphic novels before reading it so I wouldn't have any expectations. 

I was one of the people who was really excited for volume 2, and the hype has definitely gone down each time they moved the date.  I won't believe it's coming out this month until I've actually bout it from Amazon. 

I kind of have a soft spot for the graphic novel since it's what really got me into Coppermind editing  

Does this mean we're getting a video podcast next week? 

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17 hours ago, Child of Hodor said:

Style-wise I found it a poor choice to have all the characters in the first chunk of the book wear all white uniforms while they are in a desert where the sand is all white.

I know it is practical to wear white in the desert, but it doesn't look great visually. It also made it hard to figure out who was who as we are being introduced to the characters in this first part. 

The visuals in other locations were better and there are neat details like the face in the clouds looking down. I'm interested to learn more about this setting, but this didn't grab hold of me. 

I think that's a consequence of Brandon having them wear white in the prose and not changing it for the graphic novel. Them wearing the same outfit was not a good choice.

14 hours ago, thegatorgirl00 said:

A lot of the issues you mentioned about worldbuilding and characterization are why I haven't read the prose yet. I've seen so many comments of people complaining about things the prose did better that I decided to wait until after all three graphic novels before reading it so I wouldn't have any expectations. 

I was one of the people who was really excited for volume 2, and the hype has definitely gone down each time they moved the date.  I won't believe it's coming out this month until I've actually bout it from Amazon. 

I kind of have a soft spot for the graphic novel since it's what really got me into Coppermind editing  

Does this mean we're getting a video podcast next week? 

Yeah, those date moves really kill the hype. No it won't be a video podcast next week. I still need to learn how to video edit.

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I wasn't planning to buy the graphic novels until I could get all three. Is there a chance they won't do the 3rd one if they don't sell enough of the 2nd one?

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First, I have to say that graphic novels are not very interesting to me. The two that I have read and enjoyed (though would never say I love) were Sandman and Preacher. Still, I felt I had to read this because it is Cosmere. So I kind of forced myself to check it out of the library and I'll probably do the same with Vol 2. My hope is that Brandon will not again put out a Cosmere story in this format. If one follows a novel, then fine. I'll ignore it because the novel is what I care about. The richness of Brandon's characters and the amazing dialogue, especially in Oathbringer (which I think is his best work) just can't be done in a graphic novel. 

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