It shouldn't have come as such a surprise to me that Mike Mignola is a Pinocchio fan, but I confess the pervasive, wholesome influence of the marvelous Disney animated feature has clouded my awareness of the dark, supernatural weirdness of the original story, the kind of spooky stuff that has inspired the celebrated Hellboy creator since he was a little boy. It was indeed at a young age that Mignola and his brother Scott discovered the twisted parable about a puppet who wishes to be real, and although both brothers have described their fondness for Pinocchio as an obsession, it's only now that they've channeled it into a brand new work directly inspired by Carlo Collodi's original story. Written by Scott Mignola with a cover and plate illustrations by Mike, Pinocchio's Forgotten Land is a new novel billed as a sequel to the original 1883 classic that finds the real boy a real grown-up man, confronting themes like greed and guilt as he seeks his fortune while looking out for his aging father Geppetto. But as the Mignola brothers told ComicsAlliance, the book retains the outrageous fairy tale spirit of the original.
It's a collision of pop culture icons as Wil Wheaton narrates the Ben Templesmith-illustrated book trailer for prolific comics writer Warren Ellis' new prose novel, Gun Machine. All we need to round things out is an appearance by Felicia Day and some level of
With the 20th anniversary of his much-loved indie series Strangers in Paradise coming up next year, Terry Moore announced at San Diego Comic-Con that he'll be returning to Francine and Katchoo for the first time in five years with an all-new prose novel starring the characters."I'm approaching 60 and I don't want to be 65 with a monthl
Vertigo's graphic novel adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, originally announced in October, now has an official creative team and approximate release date. Coming in November 2012, the considerable crime comic qualified Denise Mina (A Sickness in the Family, Hellblazer), Leonardo Manco (The Executor, D
Lego has announced plans to release new building sets based on the Warner Bros. cinematic adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, plus WB's two upcoming films based on The Hobbit in 2012. That's right, short of w
If you missed the release of author Alan Goldsher's zombie-themed The Beatles parody, Paul is Undead, this past summer you've still got plenty of time to check out his horror-tinged, satirical prose. But what's more? None other than Incredible Change-Bots and Funny Mishappen Boy creator Jeffrey Brown
Judging a book by its cover is never totally fair, but I'll fully admit to my preference for killer images wrapped around my reading material. What can I say? Comics have conditioned me as such. Penguin Books seems to completely understand this kind of mindset, commissioning comics-inspired covers to numerous classics, making at least a few, in my humble forced-to-read-them-in-college opinion, exponentially more awesome
Fans have already learned how to draw comics the Marvel way thanks to, well, "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way." Now, aspiring comic book artists can get another valuable perspective on how to create fresh characters and franchises for the paneled page from none other than Stan Lee