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.

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

  1. I know I like just a writ a comment, but if anyone knows a website that lets you read books for free PLEASE let me know I have nothing to read and I’m sooooo bored during the quarantine ?

  2. Jane L –

    Sadly, most websites that allow people to read books for free are stealing those books from the authors. (Unless you are using a subscription service, which isn’t exactly free.)

    Most libraries have systems where they allow free ebooks to someone with e-readers.

  3. Yeah for me when I go on my library website and go into my account it lets me get ebooks for free. So I use that and it has a lot of ebooks that I read when I am want to read.

  4. ummm… i practice archery alot thats why i came up with the bow & arrow thing. but my reasoning is bows dont have kickback unlike guns.

  5. Which book is the graphic novel and movie going to be about? Is there a specific book?

  6. Stu-

    Yeah it wouldn’t make sense for Ben to be good with weapons so I get what you’re saying

  7. Erica Hale –

    As this post states, the graphic novel will be about the first Spy School book. And so will the movie.

  8. hi! I have to ask something. Who is that person in the cover of every SS book?
    Stay healthy.

  9. And, (sorry) is SS going to be like a never ending series? Like, it just keeps going and going? I really hope it does!

  10. Erica Hale –

    The person could really change from book to book. That’s why it’s a silhouette.

  11. Hi!
    I have a question–
    In the first book when Erica tells Ben about Joshua, Ben addresses Joshua as the person Erica “might have” had feelings for. In British Invasion, when they are being chased in Orion’s house, he says that they are being chased by Erica’s ex-boyfriend. How close were Josh and Erica? It doesn’t say in the first book.
    Stay safe and Healthy.

  12. Erica Hale –

    Erica’s relationship with Joshua is something that will be revealed more in future books.

  13. Wow mr. Gibbs you can literally make anything into the most interesting thing like I never even really considered that to be something mysterious I always thought they just liked each other but that’s why you are the author

  14. Will it be in SSR? I know it might be classified, but if you could tell me I appreciate it.
    LOVE SS!

  15. Hey Stu, was debating with a few people about this the other day, hoping you can settle the argument.

    The question’s pretty simple: Does Zoe still like like Ben (as in she’d want to date Ben) after the events of Spy School British Invasion?

  16. Stu-

    Sorry if this question bothers you, but is the graphic novel going to be accurate? I mean, I read some books and they made a comic out of it. It was really weird because like half of the things in the comic didn’t mach the book. So would the comic be remotely accurate? And the movie, IF it is made, could you tell the director what the scene is supposed to look like? Because in the Percy Jackson movie, it was NOTHING like the book. I don’t think your fans would like that happening.

  17. SS15 atleast –

    I will have more control over the graphic novel, which is going to stay very close to the first book. As for the movie… It is not my job to tell the director how to do his or her job any more than it is the director’s job to tell me how to write. So far, the script is relatively similar to the first book. We will see what happens.

    Just know this: A BOOK IS NOT A MOVIE. So staying 100% beholden to the book wouldn’t make a great movie.

  18. Hey Stu! I REALLY love your books. I just wanted to ask to wright a lot more books! If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have anything to read.

    Thanks Stu.

  19. Hi!
    In Spy School Goes South, in the beginning when Ben and Zoe question Murray on the key, Zoe’s not mad at Ben. But nothing happens between them and all of a sudden she starts flirting with Mike to make Ben jealous. Why did she do that? Ben didn’t hold Erica’s hand yet, so why was she mad?
    Stay safe and keep writing.

  20. Erica Hale –

    Zoe has told Ben that he needs to make a decision about her and Erica. That means that she is free to flirt with Mike if she wants. Although, it’s really Ben’s interpretation that she is doing this. (Or maybe it’s your interpretation. I haven’t read the book in a while.) Finally, if you are upset with someone, you don’t necessarily act angry towards them 100% of the time, especially if the fate of the world depends upon your actions.

  21. Oh ok because I read that she leaned into Ben to ask him if Murray’s lead was legit, she wasn’t mad at all. Or at least she didn’t sound mad.
    Stay safe.

  22. Hi! So, I’m very excited about the new books coming out, but, do you mind fixing this website? Google says it’s not secure and that kind of makes me nervous that there’s a virus. Thanks!

  23. hello!!! omg, I just figured out about this while I was looking for the spy school series order. I’m soooo glad I found this! byeeeee

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