BIG NEWS: There will be a Spy School graphic novel!

Over the years, many of you have asked me if any of my books will be translated into graphic novels. The answer is: Yes.  The graphic novel version of Spy School is coming.

Simon & Schuster has hired a very talented artist named Anjan Sarkar to illustrate it, while I am adapting the book.

I am pretty sure of what your next question is:

When will the graphic novel come out?

Some time in 2022.

And I am now betting your next question will be:

What??? Why do I have to wait so long???

Because making a graphic novel is A LOT of work.  Especially for Anjan.  We are only in the early stages.  But what I have seen so far is great and very exciting.

I will now answer a few more theoretical questions.

Is the book going to stay true to the original Spy School novel?

Yes.  Although there has been some adaptation to take advantage of the graphic storytelling.

Will other Spy School novels be adapted to graphic novels?

I certainly hope so, although I don’t know that for sure.

What are Ben and all the other characters going to look like?

You’ll have to wait a bit until you get to see them.

I went and looked at Anjan’s site and some of his stuff looks too young.

First of all, that’s a complaint, not a question, but I know I’m going to hear it over and over again.

So, know this: Anjan is very talented.  If you come across some illustrations he has done for younger readers, that does not mean he can only do illustrations like that.

When is the Spy School movie going to come out?  When is it going to cast?  

Yes, I know that these questions have nothing to do about the graphic novel, but I still keep getting asked them.  And the answer is, yet again: I don’t know.  I don’t even know if the movie will be made.  Sooner or later, I will know this, and when I do, I promise you that I will not keep such big news a secret.

320 thoughts on “BIG NEWS: There will be a Spy School graphic novel!

  1. stu

    would u consider it bad if we wrote fan fiction and if u said we could can there be a lot of bens romantic life and saving the world?

  2. Lainey Chamberlain –

    As far as I know, there is already quite a bit of fan fiction out there. I am very flattered by all of it.

  3. Ben –

    The late NBA commissioner has the same name as my friend Davis Stern, and when i was back in college, he and I were both aspiring writers. We made a pact to see who could name the best character after the other some day. President of the United States won.

  4. Catra –

    I rarely read my own books. (Like, I had to re-read Spy School to write the screenplay.)

    But I have several copies of each of my books at home, one for each of my kids and one for me.

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