With a couple of months left before the HBO series returns and however many years before George R.R. Martin finishes the next novel, the already expansive Song of Ice and Fire universe is getting even bigger. A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel (March 27) will bind the first six issues of the comic book series by writer Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson into one hardcover volume. EW has obtained eight pages from the yet-to-be-released issue #6 of the comic book series (Feb. 29). Click through to read!
Tag: Graphic Novels (31-40 of 54)
Some 25 years ago, David Bowie famously turned to a group of goblins and quizzically stated, “You remind me of the babe … The babe with the power!” If comic publisher Archaia has anything to say about it, we may finally learn what on earth he was talking about.
Over the course of the next 12 months, Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy will have his hands full overseeing a long-rumored graphic novel based on Jim Henson’s classic fantasy film Labyrinth. “We can say it’s a prequel,” he says with understandable excitement. “It’s the story of how Jareth is brought into the Labyrinth for the first time. So, it doesn’t deal with Sarah, it doesn’t deal with Toby or anything like that.”
Fans of the 1986 film will recall that Labyrinth centered around the imaginative and introverted Sarah Williams, as portrayed by Jennifer Connelly in one of her earliest roles. Harboring animosity towards her young half-brother, Toby, Sarah called on Jareth the Goblin King to take her crying sibling far away. He obliged, forcing Sarah to navigate a fantastical maze to retrieve the child, all the while tempting her with his charming personality and revealing pants. Bowie’s portrayal of the ’80s-haired, Spock-eyebrowed Jareth, while laughable to critics at the time, earned him a place in the hearts of fantasy fans everywhere. The film revealed nothing about the King’s origins, however, leaving the door wide open for Archaia to explore the character further. READ FULL STORY
Cabin Fever, the sixth installment (available today) of Jeff Kinney’s massively popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, won’t disappoint fans of Greg Heffley and his misadventures. Like the five volumes that came before, Cabin Fever is a smart, thoroughly enjoyable read densely packed with laugh-out-loud gags for the kids and keen insights for the parents.
I’ll throw up a light spoiler alert for those of you who want to know absolutely nothing about Cabin Fever before you read it yourselves. READ FULL STORY
Comic Book Reviews: Latest issues of 'Batman' and 'Uncanny X-Men'; the outstanding graphic novel 'Daybreak'
Went to the comic book store this weekend, bought a bunch of stuff. Casanova: Avaritia #2 by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Ba was sensationally strange, while Swamp Thing #2 hooked me on the series. What I’ll be reading over the next couple days: Howard Chaykin’s Avengers 1959, the new issue of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Moon Knight, and the hardcover collection of Echoes by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedal. This week’s reviews:
BATMAN #2 (DC Comics; monthly series) Bruce Wayne must survive assassination by an agent from the Court of Owls, an urban myth that shouldn’t exist but apparently does. Or doesn’t. Time will tell. WHAT’S GOOD: Scott Snyder’s characterization of The Dark Knight, which emphasizes the hero’s detective skills and Bruce Wayne’s relationship with Gotham City, “my oldest and truest friend.” READ FULL STORY
On the Books: 'Sookie Stackhouse' author Charlaine Harris to write graphic novel trilogy, Penny Marshall to release memoir through Amazon
++ Charlaine Harris’ extremely popular Sookie Stackhouse series, which inspired HBO’s True Blood, will be coming to an end after book 13 (slated for May 2013). However, she’s already busy writing Cemetery Girl, the first volume in a graphic novel trilogy illustrated by Don Kramer. The upcoming series will follow an amnesiac girl living alone in a graveyard.
++ Amazon, which has been steadily growing its roster of authors, has announced that it will publish Penny Marshall’s memoir My Mother Was Nuts in Fall 2012. Amazon’s offer for the memoir rights, which is said to have been considerable, beat out those of several other traditional publishers. Marshall’s literary agent Dan Strone says that Amazon’s offer also included a much higher royalty on e-books than the 25 percent normally given by publishers.
My attention was caught this morning by a tweet from Neil Gaiman: “Really? Barnes and Noble will no longer sell Sandman or Watchmen?” It turns out to be true: The company was angered by DC Comics’ deal with Amazon to sell 100 graphic novels –including Gaiman’s — exclusively on the Kindle Fire. So it ordered stores to begin stripping the DC books from their shelves. Later today, B&N issued a statement to CNN that said, in part,
“Regardless of the publisher, we will not stock physical books in our stores if we are not offered the available digital format…To sell and promote the physical book in our store showrooms and not have the e-book available for sale would undermine our promise to Barnes & Noble customer to make available any book, anywhere.”
Some Barnes & Noble stores — like the one nearest EW’s office — had completely removed the graphic novels in question by midafternoon. Other branches, like the one not far from my house in upstate New York, appear to not have heard the corporate message.
Has anyone seen this today at a Barnes & Noble? What do you think about it?
On the Books June 2: Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton book optioned for Martin Scorsese, Emma Watson reads 'Chicken Soup,' a new Pearl Jam book, and more
++ Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger’s in-depth chronicle of the late Elizabeth Taylor’s passionate, volatile love affair and two marriages to Richard Burton, has been optioned by Paramount Pictures as a future directing project for Martin Scorsese, Deadline reports. Taylor and Burton met on the set of Cleopatra, setting off a worldwide media frenzy and perhaps the modern day obsession with celebrity couplings. Vanity Fair ran a lengthy excerpt of Furious Love as a cover story last summer. READ FULL STORY
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