Parable of the Sower:  A Graphic Novel Adaptation: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Hardcover)

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By Octavia E. Butler, Damian Duffy (Adapted by), John Jennings (Illustrator)
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This book is not like any other piece of dystopian literature that I’ve ever read. It takes the threat of global warming to a whole new level in a society in California where forest fires run rampant and water is a luxury most people can’t afford. In this chaos, Lauren Olamina grows up in a gated community that people only leave to go to work or to hunt – they are always heavily armed. When the community goes up in flames, Lauren must fight for survival in an unforgiving world outside. What made this story stand out to me were the underlying themes of race, faith, love, and morality. I highly recommend!

— Abby Walker

About the Author


Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006) was a renowned African-American author who was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. Since her death, sales of her books have increased enormously as the issues she addressed in her Afro-Futuristic, feminist novels and short fiction have only become more relevant.


Damian Duffy, author of Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, is a cartoonist, scholar, writer, and teacher. He holds a MS and PhD in library and information sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, where he is on faculty.


John Jennings, illustrator of Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, is a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California at Riverside.

Praise For…


“…the graphic novel is faithful to Butler, yet still fresh in its world building.”

— USA Today

“…alarmingly prescient and relevant…This accessible adaptation is poised to introduce Butler’s dystopian tale to a new generation of readers.”

— Publishers Weekly

“…Jennings’ work in the book is beyond stunning…”

— The Beat

“The Parable of the Sower graphic novel… is as faithful an adaptation as you can get. Not only does it hit all the plot points, it perfectly portrays Butler’s balancing act in regard to how far society has fallen apart.”

— Kirkus

Duffy and Jennings have done justice to Butler’s work, losing none of the story’s richness and adding an exciting visual element that makes the reading experience even more visceral and engrossing.”

— Forward Reviews, STARRED review

“John Jennings’s work succeeds as sequential storytelling and approaches the level of iconography regularly.”

— The Believer

“Jennings and Duffy are some of the most skilled and hardest working comics creators doing the work to radically transform and diversify the comics scene.”

— Comicosity

“Jennings has captured [Butler’s] words with visual imagery in such an afrofuturistic, horror-esque way that the images jump off the page with every turn.”

— Flickering Myth
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419731334
ISBN-10: 1419731335
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: January 28th, 2020
Pages: 272