Jon Buller on THE FOG MOUND


by Zack Smith

The line between books and graphic novels has grown narrower in the last few years. Novelists have started scripting comics, comic writers have started doing prose novels, novels have been adapted into comics, and comics have been adapted into novels.

But one medium that’s emerging is a combination of the two – the prose novel with sequential comic sections, such as J. M. Dematteis and Mike Ploog’s Abadazad. One that’s received a great deal of critical acclaim is Simon and Schuster’s The Fog Mound by the husband-and-wife team of Susan Schade and Jon Buller. Alternating prose chapters with comics-format chapters, its format helps bring to life a colorful yet atmospheric world of talking animals.

Published by Zack

Zack Smith is a writer and journalist. He has written for such web sites and publications as, the Independent Weekly of Durham NC, Triangle Business Journal, Comic Book Resources and the Lynchburg News and Advance. He has a Master's in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and a degree in English with minors in Film Studies and Creative Writing from NC State University. He also writes children's books.

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