White Sand: Volume 1 was released today on GraphicAudio!
White Sand was one of Brandon Sanderson's earliest novels, which he later rewrote around the time Elantris was published. It was never released, however, as other projects took precedence, and Brandon was never quite satisfied with the story. This changed when Brandon announced that he would be working with Dynamite Entertainment to produce a series of graphic novels based on his book. Brandon collaborated with Rik Hoskin to adapt a script based on his novel, and the first volume of three was published in 2016.
In an interview earlier this year, Rik Hoskin revealed he was working with GraphicAudio to adapt Brandon's novel yet again! Rik has prior experience with GraphicAudio, which produces audiobooks that include a full cast of actors, sound effects, and cinematic music. GraphicAudio has adapted nearly all of Sanderson's Cosmere works to date, though the odd development of White Sand makes this one somewhat unique. In the interview, Rik had this to say about his methods for developing this new rendition of the story:
Graphic Audio will be releasing a three-volume, full cast audio adaptation of the graphic novels, which I’m currently in the process of scripting. For this, I’m using my scripts but also going back once more to the original manuscript for a sense of the world, and also to reinstate some parts which we had to cut from the graphic novels for reasons of space.
I’ve worked with Graphic Audio before, and known them for about a decade now. They adapted a lot of my work when I was writing under the pen-name James Axler on the Deathlands and Outlanders books. A few years ago, they started producing new Deathlands books exclusively for audio, and I’ve been involved in those along with an amazing producer called Rick Rohan.
Graphic Audio has a long-standing relationship with Brandon’s books, they’ve adapted most of them now into full cast audio plays, so when they found out there was an original graphic novel series, they wanted in.
-Rik Hosken (source)
While GraphicAudio occasionally has to abridge the content in Brandon's novels, it looks like we'll see the reverse happen in this case. While this new iteration is, at its core, an adaptation of the graphic novels, the script also pulls directly from the prose source material, and even includes scenes that had to be cut from the graphic novels.
Check out the book's page on GraphicAudio's website for a trailer as well as a 4-minute sample of some exciting action set towards the end of volume 1, chapter 1!
With the prose novel available via Brandon's newsletter, this means we'll have three very different takes on the same story. Are you excited to see this new rendition of White Sand? Let us know what you think in the comments.