We all love comics (at least those of here at ComicsAlliance), but as a medium/industry comic books can't hold a candle to Young Adult Literature, which has become a juggernaut in the two decades since Harry Potter came on the scene. Young adult books are beloved not just by the young readers they're aimed at, but by a great many adults. Marvel has been putting out young adult novels like Margaret Stohl's Black Widow books for a couple years now. But The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World is something special. It brings Doreen Green, aka Squirrel Girl, aka the breakout young-reader-friendly star of Marvel Comics of the past few years, to prose for the first time, under the shared pen of Shannon Hale and Dean Hale.
David Petersen found great acclaim in comics as the creator of Mouse Guard, a series about intelligent mice living in a medieval society. His latest project is neither a comic nor his own creation, but it's obviously a labor of love directed toward one of Mouse Guard's obvious influences. Petersen has spent three years creating beautiful illustrations for The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame's 1908 novel about anthropomorphic animals living in the English countryside, and now IDW is publishing a hardback edition of the novel with Petersen's illustrations.
Neil Gaiman has announced on his blog that Harper Collins is releasing new paperback editions of his novels featuring retro-style covers painted by legendary artist Robert E. McGinnis. The first of these is American Gods, which is already available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Lois Lane hasn't been able to rate an ongoing series in DC Comics' The New 52, but the character is taking on a starring role in a different medium: young adult novels.
Next January, publisher Switch Press will release Lois Lane: Fallout, which will feature a young Lois starting her life in Metropolis after her military family moves there. Gwenda Bond, the author of the upcoming Girl on a Wire and The Woken Gods, and clearly a huge Lois Lane fan, has confirmed that she's writing the novel.
Though it might seem a bit strange from today's perspective, tie-in novels used to be a huge part of genre movie merchandising – they gave fans a way to take home the experience of their favorite films in the days before the home video explosion, and provided studios with an additional method of promoting their projects in bookstores, department stores, and on newsstands.
And like everything associated with Tim Burton's Batman film, Craig Shaw Gardner's novelization was a sales phenomenon, spending much of 1989 near the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Gardner's book expanded on many of the film's plot lines and character arcs, and gave readers some insight into earlier drafts of the film's screenplay with a number of passages based on sequences that had been reworked or cut entirely from the final movie (in fact, it made substantially more sense than the finished film, as Gardner was able to craft his story without being bound by a strict two hours of screen time.)
As part of our 25th anniversary coverage of Batman '89, ComicsAlliance spoke to Gardner about the challenges he faced and the fond memories he has of adapting Tim Burton's blockbuster for prose.
Darwyn Cooke just can't get enough of Richard Stark's Parker.
The writer/artist has already adapted four (five, if you consider that one adaptation, The Outfit, is a combination of two) of the novels author Donald Westlake wrote under the name Richard Stark. Now, Cooke is teaming up with IDW to illustrate new, deluxe editions of those novels starting in June with the first in the series, The Hunter. Attendees at the Toronto Comics and Art Festival next week will have the opportunity to grab The Hunter a bit early, in the form of a super-fancy limited edition.
Ever since the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy hit -- heck, ever since the movie was announced -- the public has been clamoring for more Rocket Raccoon and Groot, the alien warriors who just happen to be a tiny furry cartoon animal and a talking, walking tree, respectively. Now, it seems that excitement over the two characters has hit a fever pitch, with an all-new prose novel by Dan Abnett called Rocket Raccoon and Groot Steal The Galaxy! set to hit bookshelves in July.
One more time, that's a prose novel about Rocket Raccoon and Groot, set to capitalize on the presumed success of the upcoming major, big-budget Guardians of the Galaxy feature film. This is the world we live in now.
A mondo medley of both new and already high profile manga series are about to be available digitally for free by way of Japanese publisher Kadokawa. Launching on PC and mobile devices via an app on March 22, Kadokawa's new ComicWalker service will come stocked with scads of titles in Japanese, Chinese and English including Sgt. Frog, Gundam: The Origin and Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Here at ComicsAlliance, we obviously have a vested interest in seeing comics bloggers do well with their various projects. That said, it's a lot easier to get behind stuff when it looks like it's going to be amazing, which is why we're all pretty excited about Kelly Thompson's Storykiller and the roster of incredible artists she's gathered to illustrate the special edition of her new novel.
As you might imagine from the title, Storykiller follows the adventures of a young woman named Tess Battle, who possesses both a giant black battleaxe and the ability to kill fictional characters, and it's set to be illustrated by CA favorites like Ross Campbell, Ming Doyle, Declan Shalvey and more. Check out the video and the full roster below!