Stories are told through and translated into different media all the time. Books become movies. Television series become books. Movies are turned into TV shows. Now, Amazon will be making money off of books being turned into graphic novels and comics.
According to the L.A. Times, Amazon is launching a new comics imprint under its publishing umbrella. Called Jet City Comics, the imprint will publish graphic novels by George R. R. Maritn (Game of Thrones), Neal Stephenson (Foreworld), and Hugh Howey (Wool). According to its press release, Jet City Comics will publish already-published novels in a graphic novel format. That makes sense, particularly for the Foreworld series, which was originally published by another Amazon imprint, 47North.
Jet City Comics will now be the tenth imprint under the Amazon umbrella.
What do you guys think of the whole idea of turning novels into graphic novels?
Lots of news lately in the world of graphic novels! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will soon be available in the form of a graphic novel.
Like the series, it seems there will be three graphic novels, so there are plans for DC Entertainment to eventually release The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest as graphic novels. EW reported the news back in April, but now they’ve got a sneak peak at some of the awesome illustrations. Take a look here.
DC Entertainment is set to release The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo graphic novel on November 13.
Imagine re-reading your favorite childhood novel as an adult but doing so in picture form. For instance, imagine Harry Potter as a graphic novel 30 years from now (Wait, actually that’s an amazing idea and someone with talent should start sketching NOW). That’s what illustrator Hope Larson did with her favorite novel growing up, Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time.
According to Huffington Post, Larson had given up illustration altogether; that is, until she was approached to illustrate her favorite novel as a child and turn it into a graphic novel. That’s exactly what she did. L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time is now available as a roughly 400-page graphic novel.
Larson told Huffington Post she had some concerns about putting the novel together.
What if I couldn’t do the book justice? What about the people-the people on the Internet-who throw up their hands and moan about their ruined childhoods whenever anyone adapts anything? Neither of those thoughts was as frightening as the possibility that someone else, someone who didn’t love the book as much as I did, would take the job and make a mess of things. I agreed to do it.
Personally, I think it’s kind of a great idea. What books/classics would you like to see turned into graphic novels — besides my already awesome Harry Potter suggestion?
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Rapper 50 Cent is already a New York Times bestseller with his book, The 50th Law. But now he’s looking to capitalize on his writing success by penning a comic book (which will be co-written by Robert Greene).
According to this article by XXL News, the comic will be based on his bestselling book. The 50th Law (co-written by Robert Greene) is a how-to for achieving success. SmarterComics will publish it next year in print and e-book versions. As Lauren Carter explains, the publishing company “combines the educational power of textbooks with the visual appeal and entertainment value of comic books.”
I hadn’t known that 50 Cent had a book, but now I’m curious to read it. I’m also wondering how a self-help book will become a comic book. After all, aren’t most comics fantasies?
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