Neil Gaiman's 'Chivalry' Getting Graphic Novel Adaptation

Chivalry Graphic Novel
Dark Horse/Colleen Doran
The Eisner-winning team of Gaiman and Colleen Doran will collaborate on the project from Dark Horse.

Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran are feeling chivalrous. The superstar fantasy writer is teaming with acclaimed artist Doran for Chivalry, a graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman's short story of the same name.

Chivalry is a humorous story that tells of an elderly British widow who unknowingly buys the Holy Grail from a second-hand shop. This purchase sets her off on an epic adventure when she begins receiving visits from an ancient knight who lures her with ancient relics in hope for winning the cup.

“I’ve wanted to do an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's ‘Chivalry’ ever since he sent a draft of the story to me at about 1 AM via fax machine decades ago," Colleen Doran said in a statement. "It is one of Neil’s loveliest, most charming stories, and I cried with happiness when I learned I would get to do the adaptation. I wear my art on my sleeve throughout, bringing Golden Age illustration styles and Illuminated Manuscript studies to the work. It’s a Holy Grail project for me. I sincerely hope it brings joy to people.”

Gaiman and Doran previously won an Eisner for SnowGlassApples, their adaptation of Gaiman's 1994 short story.

"Colleen Doran set the world of comics abuzz (and then cleaned up come awards season) for her adaptation of Snow, Glass, Apples," said Gaiman. "Now she's created a whole new style to tell the story of Mrs. Whitaker and the Holy Grail, and I'm thrilled with every page she sends me. I can't wait until the world sees what she's done."

Dark Horse will publish Chivalry on Sept. 8.