As I was pre-ordering a copy Absolute Sandman, Vol.2 by Neil Gaiman on Amazon.com, I ran across a list of popular pre-orders and lo and behold Christine Feehan and Berkley are going manga with Ms. Feehan’s popular Carpathian series with Dark Hunter hitting the bookshelves come October. Is this an adaptation or original work? I don’t know. Feehan will be in good company. Laurell K. Hamilton has already stepped into the arena of graphic novels with her Anita Blake series thereby tapping into a new audience of readers. I haven’t read the adapted version of the graphic novel (with no current plans to do so) and the artwork leaves much to be desired. Part of me was shrieking in protest at the artistic vision of Jean-Claude on paper.
Also, look for Stephen King to oversee the adaptation of his critically acclaimed and wildly popular Dark Tower series in the graphic novel format. Will this be a new trend for popular bestselling authors? Adding their authorial efforts to the recent graphic novel pandemic? According to Publishers Weekly, graphic novels sales reached 330 million in 2006. Don’t tell me you’re still not a fan yet? I own so many manga titles for various series that I find myself only keeping up with about half of them.
Highlighted titles and by no means a completed list:
- Bestselling novelist Peter Straub and actor/screenwriter Michael Easton signed with Vertigo to write The Green Woman, a psychological horror story. No release date at this time.
- The Gunslinger (Marvel Comics) by Stephen King is already available at Amazon.com and collects issues #1-7. I own the first book in the series.
- Alisa Kwitney, former editor at DC Comics slash contemporary novelist, is set to release her very first graphic novel with a Minx title in 2008, Token, about a “nice Jewish girl who gets busted for shoplifting” and finds love along the way. It’s set to release next summer.
- Singer/songwriter Neil Young is set to pen his first graphic novel based on his album, Greendale. No release date has been announced
In closing, I will leave you with Time Magazine’s All-Time Graphic Novels, a top 10 list of some of the best graphic novels available today. I own two of the titles listed: Blankets (2003) by Craig Thompson and The Dark Knight Returns (1986) by Frank Miller.