Friday, July 21, 2006

HarperCollins To Publish Graphic Novels

The public is very familiar with novels that become movies and movies that spawn novels. Tie-ins between books and films date back to 1919 when film pioneer D.W. Griffith first adapted Thomas Burke’s collection of stories, Limehouse Nights, into his production of “Broken Blossoms.” Since that time, the film and publishing industries have developed a symbiotic relationship where each benefits from the success of the other.

Wednesday's New York Times had an article about HarperCollins and Fox Atomic (a division of Fox Filmed Entertainment) teaming up to publish and distribute graphic novels.

The first one, called 28 Days Later: The Aftermath will "bridge the gap between the original 2002 film and its sequel, '28 Weeks Later,' planned for 2007." The original horror film had told the story of a bicycle courier who spent 28 days in a coma after being hit by a car. When he awakes, he finds a deadly virus has swept the world, creating a population of zombies.

Future graphic novels will be based on "Friday the 13th" and "Nightmare on Elm Street."

In related news, Marvel released Halo: The Graphic Novel this week, based on the popular video game.

Also, Wednesday night marked the preview opening for the 37th Comic-con International San Diego. More than 100,000 comics fans are expected to attend the four-day event.

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