When Is A Graphic Novel Not A Graphic Novel? When It's A Stolen Cover

The King In Yellow is a collection of short stories by Robert Chambers, published in the 19th century, available in the public domain and popularised by the recent TV show True Detective. Its influence on HP Lovecraft's work also has seen it appear prominently in the Alan Moore/Jacen Burrows comic Providence.

As a result, it has been republished by a number of folk, including those who use Amazon's CreateSpace. Such as right here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 12.04.19That's a familiar cover though. And who is the cover credited Culbard? Why that's comic creator INJ Culbard, who adapted The King In Yellow into a graphic novel from publisher Self Made Hero, available here.Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 12.10.30That's right, folks, the Create Space folk just stole the Self Made Hero cover for their reprint of the original short stories in prose. Here's what they look like side by side.

tumblr_inline_npqe0hx0Li1r7cnvv_540tumblr_inline_npqe4yzpM21r7cnvv_540tumblr_inline_npqgvhfd2F1r7cnvv_540tumblr_inline_npqg1lutNh1r7cnvv_540Peanut lawyer jelly time! Peanut lawyer jelly time! Culbard's name is even cited on the stolen cover. Sometimes there are just no words…

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