USA Today reported yesterday that James Patterson—the creator of Alex Cross who outsells Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown—is venturing into new territory: the graphic novel.


Due first is a five-part graphic series based on Witch & Wizard, Patterson’s YA novel. (“For those who have been waiting for a series as mouthwatering and addictive as Harry Potter, this’ll do it,” said Patterson of the book in a January interview with BookPage.) In June, Patterson’s The Murder of King Tut, a “deft blend of antiquity and whodunit,” will come out as a four-part series. (Both series will be primarily written by coauthors.) We wonder if Patterson will have to re-work the ending of King Tut. According to a report from today's New York Times, the boy pharaoh died from malaria—not murder.

Patterson claims he wants to expand to the graphic novel market so his stories can “reach as many people as possible.” Ted Adams, CEO of IDW Publishing, the company producing the books, wanted to work with the prolific author because he sells a ton of books and he’s a “creative genius.” What do you think, Patterson fans? Will the books translate well to the graphic novel medium?

Also look out for a straight-to-graphic-series from Patterson: Beer Belly and the Fat Boy. (Can’t wait until we get a review copy of that one!)

Related in BookPage: Read an interview with Patterson about Witch & Wizard or a review of The Murder of King Tut.

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