Novels to Comics: Examining the Crossover
The Times of London posted a story last week examining the "celebrity writer" trend in comics, in which established novelists take a turn telling the stories of some of comics best- and, occasionally, least-known characters. The article references the recent forays of novelists Jodi Picoult and Ian Rankin into the worlds of Wonder Woman and Hellblazer, respectively.
According to The Times, writing for the funnybooks can be a rough transition for novelists accustomed to creating a universe around their subjects.
“It was so much harder than I thought,” [Picoult] says. “When I write a novel, I’m used to making up my characters and their backstory. I couldn’t change Wonder Woman’s history, and she’s been around a long time. I did attempt to get her out of that bustier – any woman can tell you that you don’t fight crime without straps – but no cigar."