The comic world gets inspiration from a lot of different places, depending on who is writing them. There has been a surge of Hollywood writers and filmmakers, novelists, celebrities and musicians contributing to the growth of the comic industry lately. This is great for us because it opens up a whole new world of different types of stories and artwork. If you are anything like me, I really enjoy reading different types of comics, not just the standard superhero stuff.
Stephen King has been writing horror novels since the '70s with his first published novel being "Carrie," released in 1974. He decided to take a step into the comic world with a comic adaptation of "Creepshow" in July 1982. It was published as a tie-in to the movie he created with George Romero and featured the amazing artwork of Bernie Wrightson. He went on to continue with the comic book medium with graphic novels based on the Dark Tower series and "The Stand." Another spooky novel author joined the ranks of comic book creator as well. Dean Koontz collaborated with Chuck Dixon to release a graphic novel series based on his Frankenstein series in 2011.
Those that watch a lot of Netflix will recognize the name "The Umbrella Academy." The series debuted in February and is based on the comic series created by Gerard Way, the singer with the band My Chemical Romance. He started writing Umbrella Academy in 2007 and illustrated the original series. Once it was released as a collected edition, the art was re-drawn by Gabriel Bá. He also co-created another comic series with Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan called "The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys" in 2013.
R.L. Stine is another book author exploring the comic book world with his series of comics based on his popular "Goosebumps" series. The first one was titled "Creepy Creatures" and was released in 2006. There have been about seven related comics released since, leading all the way up to the most recent series this year in 2019.
Fans of the HBO series "True Blood" already know that creator Charlaine Harris started a series of novels based on character Sookie Stackhouse called "The Southern Vampire Mysteries." The novels were such a hit that Alan Ball approached her with an offer for the TV series that premiered in 2008. True Blood also had its own comic book adaptation in 2010. Charlaine then went on to create two more graphic novel series. "Grave Sight" was a three-part series in 2011-2012. "Cemetery Girl" was created with Christopher Golden and was also three parts from 2014-2018.
Finally, JJ Abrams of the Star Wars fame decided that being an award-winning filmmaker wasn’t enough and is currently writing the newest Spider-man mini-series with his son. They created a brand-new super-villain specifically for this series. It’s only 5 issues long, so if you want to meet the new bad guy, don’t delay.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg. My advice? Walk into any bookstore that sells comics and graphic novels, tell the clerk what movies or shows you are into and they will be happy to give you a tour of their world.
Amy Berent and her husband, Jay, are the co-owners of the Pulp 716 comic shops in North Tonawanda and Lockport. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.