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GRAPHIC NOVEL NEWS FOR JULY 25TH: INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, THE STRAIN, TORN, WOMANTHOLOGY, AND ‘CROWDFUNDING’

Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire Being Adapted into a Graphic Novel via Dread Central

Per Publishers Weekly, Yen Press, the graphic novel and manga imprint at Hachette, will adapt Rice’s Interview with the Vampire with the story being told by Claudia, a child who is transformed into a vampire by Louis, the narrator of the original novel. Newcomer Ashley Marie Witter will illustrate the story, which will be published as a single volume in fall 2012.

Interview with the Vampire is the first book in Rice’s 10-volume series The Vampire Chronicles, and Rice said she is “intrigued” by the idea of retelling her story from a different point of view. “I have gone all through The Vampire Chronicles writing from the point of view of different characters so it is completely legitimate to do that,” Rice said. “Lestat [another vampire] tells you a completely different version of events than Louis. Who do you believe?

Interview isn’t the only Rice work undergoing a transformation...Servant of the Bones is becoming a six-issue comic adaptation via IDW Publishing.

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ to be adapted by Dark Horse via Digital Spy

Guillermo del Toro’s novel The Strain is to be adapted as a comic series from Dark Horse.

Stray Bullets writer David Lapham and Butcher Baker, The Righteous Maker artist Mike Huddleston will work on the project under the guidance of the Mexican filmmaker, Variety reports.

“I supervise everything,” said del Toro. “I give my opinion on the art, the covers, the screenplays. [Lapham] is capturing the novel very well.”

Dark Horse’s adaptation of the series will be given a day-and-date digital release and run for 24 issues. The first issue debuts on December 14.

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Andrew Constant transforms the werewolf myth in Torn via Comic Book Resources

[Andrew] Constant teamed with artists Joh James and Nicola Scott to tell a werewolf tale with a bit of a twist, catching the eyes of Greg Rucka, who called it “a wonderfully subtle story from a decidedly deft hand” and Gail Simone, who said “it reads like it’s written on the side of a silver bullet.”

JK: Torn is your debut graphic novel, correct? How did the project come together?

Andrew: Torn is my debut graphic novel. It came about due to my love of the werewolf and my boredom at their current interpretations as seen across a variety of mediums. This is not to say I’m a genius writer (far from it, actually), I just thought that there was room for a different type of story, one which may challenge the reader, rather than play to preconceived notions of what a werewolf story should be.

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Womanthology Project Blows Up on Kickstarter via Publisher’s Weekly

The fact that the American comics industry is dominated by men has led to various forms of controversy and debate, but graphic novelist Renae de Liz has taken a unique way of evening the playing field. After noticing many talented women artists online who weren’t published, and after some prompting from artist Jessica Hickman that an all-female anthology was in order, de Liz took steps in creating Womanthology. What makes this project newsworthy isn’t just the fact that it’s done completely by women, but also that it has gotten such support, both vocally and financially. Within seventeen hours of accepting donations for printing the book, they’d earned $25,000—in a world of numerous Kickstarter projects this one was an unheard of success.

Thompson believes this will help get more women in comics. De Liz, meanwhile, wants to make more books like this one, including ones that have male contributors.

“My biggest goal is to fully fund creator-owned books for as many people as possible to get their work out there,” de Liz said.

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Crowdfunding: When the Publisher Doesn’t Cover the Creator’s Expenses via Publisher’s Weekly

Crowdfunding is emerging as a new force in comics publishing, not only to fund new projects, but to address long-standing creator complaints like lack of promotion and advances—even projects with publishers are now going to sites like Kickstarter to cover additional costs.

Crowdfunding has more ties to music, film and charities, than to publishing in general or comics in specific. The basic idea is an artist/writer/director/creator posts a description of a project and a dollar amount they need to complete the project. Patrons and fans can then pledge money towards the completion of the project. As the amount of money donated increases, those donating will receive perks or premiums including things like a copy of the work, their name in the credits or original art. Some sites hold the pledged money in escrow and only release it to the creators if the target price is met or exceeded. Some sites pay out funds as they are pledged.  Examples of Crowdfunding sites are Kickstarter.com, IndieGoGo.com, RocketHub.com and PledgeMusic.com. In terms of comics, Kickstarter is the primary crowdfunding site, with IndieGoGo also having a handful of mostly smaller projects.

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