‘True Blood’ Creator Next Subject Of ‘Female Force’ Bio Comics

By Rick Marshall at MTV News

It’s a big week for “True Blood” author Charlaine Harris in the comics world, with an announcement earlier this week that her popular Harper Connelly series was receiving a comic book adaptation. Now, we bring you the exclusive news that Harris will be the next subject of Bluewater Productions’ “Female Force” comic book biographies.

Hitting shelves in May, “Female Force: Charlaine Harris” promises to explore the author’s career “from the publication of the lighthearted Aurora Teargarden mysteries to the phenomenon of her vampire-infused Sookie Stackhouse stories.” And unlike previous “Female Force” books, Bluewater reports that Harris took an active role in the development of the comic, discussing her career with the comic’s writer, Kim Sherman (who also authored the publisher’s “Fame: Robert Pattinson” bio).

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Kim Harrison back in limelight with new sci-fi book

by Ursula Watson at The Detroit News

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison first cast her spell over sci-fi and urban fantasy fans with her 2004 book “Dead Witch Walking,” in which supernatural creatures live life out in the open after a plague nearly decimates humanity. Since then, seven books have taken readers on the adventures of a witch named Rachel Morgan, who doesn’t drive, as she hunts down supernatural baddies with her pals Ivy, a top-notch detective and vampire, and Jenks, an oft-irascible, tell-it-like-is pixy who provides a bit of comic relief.

Harrison, a Michigan native, returns to the literary limelight with the eighth book in the series, “Black Magic Sanction” (Eos, $25.99), which hit shelves Tuesday.

When did you become a writer? My husband was on a business trip. I got bored and started writing. I had this idea since high school of a book I wanted to write. I wrote for an hour. Then the next day, I wrote for another hour. When he came home, I read what I had written to him and he loved it. All I needed was that tiny bit of encouragement.

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Prestigious L.A. Times Festival Of Books Honors Graphic Novels

via SciFi Soundtrack

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has added a graphic novel category to their annual list of book prizes. Who are the finalists for the first major American book award to honor the comic medium?

Here are the nominees for the festival’s 2009 Graphic Novel prize:

– Gilbert Hernandez, Luba (A Love and Rockets Book) (Fantagraphics Books)
– Taiyo Matsumoto, GoGo Monster (VIZ Media)
– David Mazzucchelli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)
– Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe (Oni Press)
– Joe Sacco, Footnotes in Gaza (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Co., LLC)

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

from Alex Lencicki at Orbit Books

Check out the preview for Seth Grahame-Smith’s (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

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What do you think of the upcoming Charlaine Harris comic book? Are you going to Read Kim Harrison’s new book?