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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Lev Grossman, author of The Magician King

Aug 9, 2011

Lev Grossman’s world is full of books, whether he’s writing them or reviewing them, and he has a special fondness for comics. Besides being the book critic for Time, he’s published the novels WarpCodexThe Magicians, and the recently released The Magician King. Lev talked to GraphicNovelReporter about his comics-related writing, how he dreams of writing his own comic book, and his septuagenarian mother’s Death Note jewelry.

Interview: Ray Bradbury, author of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Authorized Adaptation

Jul 19, 2011

How do you approach a legendary work like Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and turn it into a graphic novel? Very carefully. That’s exactly what creator Ronald Wimberly (author of the critically acclaimed Sentences) did when he took, with Bradbury’s approval, the classic book and turned it into an exciting new graphic adaptation. We discussed the process with him.

Interview: Robert Venditti, author of The Homeland Directive

Jun 7, 2011

Robert Venditti is a comic book creator most known for his title The Surrogates, which was adapted by Disney into a major motion picture starring Bruce Willis. His comics career began in 2002, when Venditti met Chris Staros from Top Shelf. The meeting clearly went well, for Venditti ended up not only working for the publisher, but also climbing the company ladder. Later, Venditti shared a manuscript with Staros, which resulted in the publication of The Surrogates in 2005. Last year, he created a brand-new, wildly different graphic novel, The Homeland Directive, a look at privacy (or the lack thereof) in the 21st century. Here’s what Venditti had to say about his latest graphic novel.

Interview: Julia Wertz, author of Drinking at the Movies

Aug 31, 2010

Julia Wertz has been very busy lately, jet-setting off to Paris in November to promote the French release of her book Drinking at the Movies and then attending other comic conventions back in New York while working on several upcoming projects. Fortunately, she was able to find the time in the midst of her eventful schedule to answer some questions about her career as a cartoonist.

Author Talk: Suzanne Collins, author of Catching Fire

Sep 1, 2009

Suzanne Collins's latest book, CATCHING FIRE, revisits the dystopian world of Panem and its victorious tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, first introduced in the 2008 bestseller THE HUNGER GAMES. In this updated interview, Collins discusses the various sources --- ranging from Greek mythology to reality television --- that inspired the plot of this futuristic sci-fi trilogy and explains how her father's stories from her childhood helped her with elements of the novel's plot, themes and characters. She also gives readers insight into how she has mapped out plot and character developments for each book, shares what she found most surprising about the feedback she received from fans, and imagines what her own special skill would be if she was ever required to participate in the Games.