Best-selling True Blood author Charlaine Harris joins Dynamite

Charlaine-HarrisVia PR, another best-selling author goes the comics route, Charlaine Harris:
Acclaimed author Charlaine Harris, the writer of the Sookie Stackhouse series, is joining the Dynamite Entertainment family in 2010!  We are proud to announce that the first book of her hit Harper Connelly series, Grave Sight, will be adapted by Dynamite Entertainment in 2010. Her Sookie Stackhouse novels became the basis for one of today’s most successful television shows, the hit HBO series True Blood. Dynamite is extremely proud to present Charlaine Harris’ first comic adaptation!

For the past five years, readers have been thrilled by the Harper Connelly series.  Featuring Harper Connelly, a woman who has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who’s passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she’s providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living-but she’s used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she’s become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it’s always urgent-even if the dead can wait forever.

“I’m thrilled to join such great writers,” says Charlaine Harris. “I’m excited about seeing a different vision of my novels, and I’ve seen enough of the Dynamite Entertainment to know this will be an interesting and entertaining process.”

“Charlaine has thrilled millions of readers with her novels, and millions more with the adaptation of her Sookie Stackhouse series as the TV Show known as True Blood.  We at Dynamite are honored to be the first comics publisher to be granted the right to adapt her novels in to the first ever  comics adaptation. And Charlaine’s kind words on our comics and confidence in our ability to execute will be rewarded with Dynamite’s placing the best talent available on these adaptations!” Stated Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci.

Harper Connelly Book 3 - An Ice Cold Grave

Comments

  1. The GRAVE novels are beyond good — they’re excellent. Literary suspense masterpieces.

  2. Synsidar says:

    It’s a little strange that Dynamite would announce that they’re going to adapt Harris’s books without saying who the people doing the adaptations will be — especially when the books have already been done on TV. Who is the audience going to be?

    SRS

  3. While True Blood has incredible sales, the Harper Connelly books do quite well.

    It looks like adaptations are the current Zeitgeist.
    (Mmmmm… Outlander graphic novel in September…)

  4. Synsidar says:

    Ah. I didn’t know that True Blood had vampires.

    This review of Dead Until Dark, which inspired True Blood, describes some of the differences between the novel series and the TV series.

    SRS

  5. jacob lyon goddard says:

    these are always so embarrassing

    nothing written here as lead me to believe this won’t be any different

  6. Is this an example of Dynamite’s take over of DB Pro and continuation of their relationship with the Dabels (who, if nothing else, seem to have a golden touch when it comes to acquiring literary genre properties) bearing fruit?

  7. Regardless of the quality of the adaptation, literary tie-ins are successful in the bookstore market.

    James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Laurell K. Hamilton, Stephen King, Patricia Briggs, Erin Hunter, Agatha Christie…

    Why are they successful? They allow fans to experience a familiar series in a new way. Some titles tell new stories set in the series, others adapt the original story.

    As for other comments:
    These are not True Blood tie-ins… that’s a different series. I suspect HBO has some say in licensing a TB/SS graphic novel.

    I figure Dynamite will announce the creative team later. First they must make the agreement with the author, publicize that as soon as possible, get buzz brewing on the blogs and boards, then find a creative team of which she approves. On adaptations, the creative team is not that important. Aside from the first Dark Tower series with David and Lee, most are unknown.

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