Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Janet Evanovich's Next Metro Girl Mystery to be Published as a Graphic Novel

Dark Horse Comics: Janet Evanovich

Comic Book Resources (CBR) is reporting that bestselling mystery author Janet Evanovich will publish the next entry in the Metro Girl series as a comic book. Set in the world of NASCAR, Alexandra "Alex" Barnaby has appeared in two novels: Metro Girl and Motor Mouth. The highly anticipated third installment will appear as a graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics. The Portland-based publisher will break the news of this project at this week's Comic-Con International in San Diego.

CBR writes that Evanovich is passionate about comics, an enthusiastic fan, and excited about the prospect of working within the medium. She's also apparently been planning this move since the first Alex Barnaby mystery appeared in 2004. In an interview with CBR, she says, "I know that I build my audience as a novelist. And I know that comic books are a whole other thing -- the market is smaller, and it's a more difficult sell. So we just thought that putting out a couple of books to my audience was a good way to start. We really are hoping to bring a lot of those people over into the comic book land."

There's much more to the interview than just discussing comic books. When asked why she blends positive characters with bad elements in her books, she replies, "
First of all, it makes your book interesting, it gives you a variety. Something to balance the good with. And it's a part of life, you know? There are bad things happening out there very day. If you are going to construct a story that was all goodness, you'd probably be writing a romance novel. But I do like the mystery, I do like the crime element in it. We all need heroes, and one of the ways to have a hero of course is to have a bad guy. If I have a crime in my book, I can have a hero. Crime really serves a purpose for me to give my hero something to do."

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