Yep, the graphic novel has been in the works for quite a while, and it is still moving forward. That Ghoul Ava is going to become something new. I say “new” in that it will be difficult for many of the readers who have a preconceived notion in their minds to see her through the eyes of my amazing artist, John Donald Carlucci. Rest assured, the books will continue in their current form. The Graphic Novel will be a visual representation of those same adventures through a new set of eyes. I have given Mr. Carlucci free reign to create a visual medium that fits his style, and in that regard, I respect his artistic talent to a huge degree. Just as I would not have people over my shoulder telling me what and how to write, I have shared some of my vision with how I see Ava with him and then told JDC to make her something of his own.
I have nothing but love for my cover artist, Andy Butnariu. And he will continue to be my go-to guy for everything in the realm of the DEAD books. That includes the new series. JDC may be re-covering the That Ghoul Ava books in the near(-ish) future just to keep brand continuity. (Not really a thing for you, the fans and readers…more of a marketing…businessy thing.) That is all just dressing, but the reality is that Ava is going to be building a brand identity. I can’t tell you how exciting this is for me.
So…here is where things become interesting. With That Ghoul Ava in excellent hands, and DEAD: Snapshot–Liberty, South Carolina on another artist’s “to-do” list, I have decided to just dip a toe in the water and see if there is an artist out there who is interested in taking the plunge with me as the artist for DEAD: Snapshot–Portland, Oregon. Here is what I have to offer for that person out there aspiring to be a graphic novel artist. I have the story done. We would plot it out and decide how it breaks up and then I would turn over the artistic reins to you. Naturally I would want to see the progression…but the creative muse of yours would be the one driving that car. We would be equal partners in the graphic novel venture.
So…if this strikes your interest…then I guess we should talk. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Who knows…maybe we will end up at the San Diego Comic Con with a line of people waiting to have YOU sign your amazing creation.