Inside the Lines: Romance author invades comics world, and other stories

  • In the “Damn, they stole my idea” department, New York Times best-selling romance novelist Janet Evanovich and her daugher Alex teamed up with Dark Horse Comics to create a graphic novel called Troublemaker featuring Alex Barnaby, a female racecar mechanic whose vantage point as a raceday spotter leads her into mystery and intrigue. The art is by Joëlle Jones (Dr. Horrible) and volume 1 will be out just days before the annual Nerd Prom in San Diego this July. (Source:
  • American manga artist Amy Reeder (Fool’s Gold) has “graduated” to the big times and will be penciling DC Comics’ upcoming ongoing Batwoman series starting with the second story arc which will see the light of day in early 2011. She’ll be working on scripts by artist/co-writer J.H. Williams III, whose pencils will kick off the series later this year. I’m rather hopeful about this prospect of seeing more female pencilers working on “Big Three” books, and really hope that she (and the book) does well. (Source:
  • After taking heat and a lot of licks for his underperforming directorial debut for The Spirit, comics artist Frank Miller is returning to the medium that made him great and revealed some of the first pieces of art for Xerxes, a 300 prequel story about the leader of ancient Persia who was the antagonist in the numerically-named film/comics series. Scheduled to be published by Dark Horse Comics in 2011, the ouroboros will begin its turn and if director Zach Snyder likes it enough, he said he’ll option it for a live-action adaptation. (Source: The L.A. Times Hero Complex blog)
  • Posted on June 3, 2010 at 08:21 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
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    1. Written by arkonbey
      on 2010-06-03 at 13:09

      I find Frank Miller to be, well, boring these days. To be sure, if all he had written was The Dark Knight Returns, he'd belong to the ages, but I found both the GNs and films of “Sin City” and “300” to be trite and only 'visionary' for a minute and a half.

    2. Written by lethalinterjection
      on 2010-06-03 at 13:16

      Xerxes was my favourite thing about 300. Granted I'm referring to the movie, but I loved the way he was voiced/portrayed.

    3. Written by Brooke
      on 2010-06-05 at 15:36

      Really? I found 300 to be one of those movies I never tire of seeing (and to date there are only about six of those). Loved every minute of it :D Sin City drove me nuts though… turned it off halfway through.

    4. Written by Brooke
      on 2010-06-05 at 16:21

      I didn't like the 300 comic at all, but the movie was one of my favorites of the last ten years. I'm excited about Xerxes if only because there's a chance it'll become a movie :D Though it would be nice if the comic looked good… maybe if Frank didn't illustrate it himself… ahem.

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