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‘The Art of War’ Adapted as a Graphic Novel

Writer Kelly Roman and illustrator Michael DeWeese adapted Sun Tzu‘s The Art of War into a graphic novel. To promote the comic book version of the famous military treatise, Roman and DeWeese had a doctor draw their blood in front of a live audience in New York City.

The blood was then used to stamp sample chapter-giveaways. Comics Alliance reports that clear tape was put on top of the blood for sanitary purposes. The curious can view this video about the event on YouTube.

According to an email sent by Roman, “the book integrates Sun Tzu’s iconic text into a story set 20 years in the future when China is the dominant economy and the financial industry is militarized.” HarperCollins’ Harper Perennial imprint will release the book on July 31st in trade paperback format. Follow this link to read the first three chapters.

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Former Teacher Raising Money for Graphic Novel on Kickstarter

Former high school teacher Vivian Liddell hopes to raise $7,000 on Kickstarter. The funding will help her complete her fictional graphic novel project entitled Dumptruck Baby: The Education of a NYC Teacher.

It will tell the story of a highly-stressed new mother embarking on a career as a New York City public school teacher. Liddell will offer several rewards for supporters including original artwork, hand silkscreened totes, and PDF copies of the finished book. Above, we’ve embedded a video about the graphic novel–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “Students, teachers, and administration alike are all examined within the context of their school, but with a nod to the bigger issues at play, such as public policy and lingering racial segregation. The novel takes a humorous look at serious problems, and unravels some of the complicated factors that come into play when a school labeled as “failing” has so much heart.”

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Santa Fights Dracula in Kickstarter Project

Artist Melissa DeJesus and writer Ed Power hope to raise $9,500 on Kickstarter to finish a graphic novel that pits Santa against Dracula (video introduction embedded above).

The funds would give DeJesus enough time to pencil, ink, letter and color their 175-page comics project. They would also print and ship “a self published, unique, one time, special printing.”

Here’s more about the project: “Santa vs Dracula is full color graphic novel about Count Dracula invading Santa Claus‘s workshop with an army of monsters (Frankenstein’s Monster, Mr. Hyde, Invisible Man, the Wicked Witch of the West, etc.) in order to gain Santa’s ability to enter people’s homes at will. Of course, Santa has his own allies and they aren’t about to give the big-guy up without a fight!”

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Charlaine Harris To End Sookie Stackhouse Series

Paranormal novelist Charlaine Harris will be closing the coffin on her Southern Vampire series. Harris told PopcornBiz that she intends to end Sookie Stackhouse‘s story on book thirteen.

Harris explained: “I think it’ll be total closure. I don’t go back to things once I’ve finished them. That’s kind of what I do. I don’t want to write Sookie after I get stale. Yeah, I’ll miss them, I’m sure, because I have lived with them for quite a long time – 12 years now. And it did take two years to sell the first book. But I think writers like to do different things. At least this writer does.”

With two more books to go and HBO’s True Blood series, fans don’t have to say goodbye to Sookie just yet.

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LeVette Fuller Wins $20,000 Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway

Librarian LeVette Fuller has won the $20,000+ Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway at the 2011 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. Fuller works at the Shreve Memorial Library located in Shreveport, LA.

Here’s more from the press release: “The $20,000+ Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway included nearly 900 hand-selected graphic novels for adults, teens and children as well as fixtures and furniture. The total prize value exceeded $25,000. The grand prize will be of immediate use to the Shreve Memorial Library, which has been wanting to build its graphic novel collection more extensively, according to Fuller.”

More than 1,5000 librarians signed up for the giveaway. Fuller was one of 100 semi-finalists. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) president Kim Patton chose Fuller as the winner yesterday.

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‘Twilight: The Graphic Novel’ Volume 2 to Be Released in the Fall

Yen Press will release the second volume of Twilight: The Graphic Novel in October. 

Both the ebook and hardcover format will sell for $19.99. The publisher has ordered 350,000 copies for the first printing.

Young Kim illustrated both volumes. Volume one featured chapters one through thirteen of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. Comicsbeat.com reported that the first volume sold 66,000 copies during in one week.

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Librarian Eduardo Zepeda Wins $20,000 in Graphic Novels and Prizes

Librarian Eduardo Zepeda (pictured) won $20,000 worth of graphic novels and prizes in the Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway at the Texas Library Association’s (TLA) annual conference.

Zepeda’s library, the Weslaco Public Library, will be endowed with 700 graphic novels, fixtures, and furniture.

Here’s more from the press release: “The Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway was open to Texas public and school librarians. Twenty semifinalists were selected on Thursday evening, and the winning librarian was chosen on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. Central time by Gene Ambaum, librarian and cocreator of the online comic strip Unshelved.”

Britney Spears Stars in Comic Book Biography

Britney Spears will star in her very own biographical comic book. Bluewater Productions will release Fame: Britney Spears in March.

The 32-page issue will explore everything from Spears’ Disney days to her more recent tabloid exploits. Patrick McCray wrote the script and Ricardo Jaime penciled the book.

In the release, publisher Darren G. Davis described the comic: “She was created in the Internet Age to be put on a pedestal, but no one can stand the glaring lights of celebrity that intensely. The title seeks to find the person within.”

How to Turn Your Photos Into a Graphic Novel

Ever wish your life was more like a comic book? With Photoshop, you can turn your photo album into a graphic novel.

Using the YouTube tutorial embedded above, you can use Photoshop to turn your digital photos into black and white images that look like comic book sketches.

What type of stories would you tell with your graphic novel?

‘The Alchemist’ Adapted as Graphic Novel

Paulo Coelho‘s beloved book, The Alchemist, will be released as a graphic novel next week. Derek Ruiz wrote the adaptation and Daniel Sempere drew the artwork.

Coelho commented: “It was an old dream of mine to have The Alchemist as a graphic novel. This version exceeds my expectations and is a beautiful manifestation of what I originally imagined while crafting this story.”

Coelho first published The Alchemist in his native Brazil.  HarperCollins brought the book to the English-language market in 1993. Since then, it has sold more than 40 million copies. (Via Jacket Copy)