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.

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

  1. Hannah –

    Spy School Revolution comes out on October 6. Please see my blo or my books page for more details.

  2. I will get sooooo sad if I see Erica is not illustrated how i imagine her and you say in the books.
    I mean i always imagine her as the most beautiful girl:
    she has black long wavy hair(you never said anything about her hair being wavy but anyway),ice blue eyes ,curved body and shes tall.
    ps:I love your books please dont stop writing them.
    pps: is the SPSR the last book?(please say no)

  3. Amelia Grace –

    Just so you know, it will be impossible for the depiction of Erica to reflect the imagination of everyone who has read this series. So just be prepared for the possibility that Erica won’t look exactly as you imagine.

    SSR will not be the last book in the series.

  4. Oh boy oh boy a grapic novel!!!!!! I love this so much. just wow fimally geting to
    see what the caracters look like makes me extatic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. i am so exited for the new spy school book ! My friend recommended these books to me for a school project and now i cant put them down !!!

  6. I don’t know about you guys, but I am counting down the days until spy school Revolution

    Everyone should vote in comments who they think Ben is going to see Erica or Zoe

    Sadly, with the evidence, I think he will Pick Zoe. One because maybe Erica attacks Ben because of jealousy. And in the end of the 7 spy school, Ben falls asleep on Zoe’s shoulder ON Porpuse

  7. Benjamin Ripley –

    Different people consider different words inappropriate. I and all the editors did not think that anyone still cared about the difference between two words that meant ‘butt.’ But apparently, some people still REALLY care. Even though one of those words is widely used in company names and pop culture. So after I realized this, I stopped using those words in my books.

  8. Theminibuffalo-

    I actually think Ben will go for ERICA. I don’t think that Ben will ever give up on her lol, even though his chances are best with Zoe.

  9. Benjamin A Ripley –

    I was thinking about children when I wrote that book. I have children. I honestly don’t see any difference between those two words. I try to teach my children that what is really terrible is to say mean things about other people, or to use racist or sexist language — and I avoid those things in my books.

  10. definitely ERICA!!!! in my opinion she is my favorite character in the book, second is Ben Ripley, if Erica and Ben look different then i imagine im just not going to read it.

    in SSR i think Erica will get mad that ben goes for Zoe, then Erica goes to ben and attacks him. (Idk why i think that lol)

    hey so i have read all your books (and when the muskateer books came out i immediately read them (don’t think no one thought they weren’t by you) you make the best books i think)

    ps: please don’t stop making your books (they are awesome!!!)

  11. Stu,

    i read all your books in like 3 weeks omg so amazing!!!
    idk about you guys but I’ve been counting the days since SSR since my birthday is the day before!!! i am so so so excited for it, and also could you maybe if you are done with the book and printing it release it the day before? i would really appreciate it since i get a barnes and noble card from my uncle every year (October 6 is fine lol just so eager to read it!)
    ps: do you ever read your books after you make them? (i read all your books three times, each time i see more details too!)
    pps: for the movie that your making for the part where he gets shot when Murray hill tries to escape and he hits the icicles and Murray gets knocked out and he shoots a bullet at Ben’s Shoulder, then Zoe and the other spy kids are like “You got shot at!”
    could you make it so Erica gives ben like a band aid?

  12. Agent Ripley –

    Just know this: It is virtually impossible for the artist to draw Erica and Ben the way you imagine them. Because everyone imagines them differently.

  13. Agent Ripley –

    I do not control the book distribution. The bookstores really try not to sell the books early so that all stores are selling the book on the same day.

    I occasionally read my books after I read them. I had to read Spy School again before i wrote the screenplay.

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