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.

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

  1. Hey Stu.
    I have been reading some of the comments, and I want to say a few things/ask questions.
    1)I love the Westing Game.
    2) I got FunJungle: Tyrranosous Wrecks & SSR for Christmas. (already finished FunJungle)
    3) It is SO awesome about the movie & graphic novel
    4) Who is your favorite Westing Game character?
    (Mine=Turtle of course)
    5)Have you read The Hunger Games?
    I love MBA, FunJungle, and SS.
    Your blog posts make me want to read the Last Muskateers series.
    Happy New Year!

  2. Smokescreen –

    Turtle is my favorite character too.

    Yes, I have read the Hunger Games. It’s a great book.

  3. Stu……
    hey im smokescreens twin using her account to talk to u. my favorite book u wrote is Poached. can i have a shout out post?ur definitely one of my favorite authors.

  4. Smokescreen –

    Oh man, it’s been a long time since I read The Hunger Games. I can’t really say that I have a favorite character.

  5. Also, I’ve heard about authors who travel to learn about the places they use in thier books. Do you do this? If so, what is your favorite thing that happened on oneof those trips?

  6. Smokescreen-
    I am Ace First and I think it was smart to use the name Smokescreen. Happy new year!

  7. I have been rereading my comments (to make sure I dont ask you the same question twice) and saw that I (kind of) sounded like a weirdo. ‘I cried when I saw your reply’ sounded kind of weird, right? So, I wanted to justify it. (no offense to those who replied in the same way) I’ve read all of MBA, like I said. I have also read all of/started(for ssr) all the ss books. And then, I’ve read most of the FunJungle books. And of course, I’ve started the CT series. I think that justifys my crying. 🙂

  8. I Am soooooo excited! I know you get asked this question a lot, and I know how you answer it. It would still be sooooooo cool and exciting if you would reply though. Who is your favorite ss charcter? Mine is Erica.

  9. Hi Stu…….
    None of my comments are going thourgh so I thought I could use my twin’s name “Smokescreen.” But, if you could answer my question with Ice Queen it would help us to not be confused. (You don’t have to do that if you don’t want to) Who was the inspiration for Erica?(She is my favorite charcter)

  10. Smokescreen –

    I do like to travel to the places where my books are set. It is much easier to get inspired while being in an actual place than just reading about it. Although sadly, the pandemic prevented any of this from happening last year.

    A lot of scenes from my books were inspired by these trips. Probably the best parts were working out action sequences on major landmarks in Europe with my kids.

  11. Ice Queen –

    I don’t have a favorite character of my own. I work too hard on all of them to say that I like one more than the others.

  12. Smokescreen –

    The inspiration for Erica was that I wanted the best student at school to be a girl, but then had to figure out why she would be so good. I hit upon the idea of having her be from a family of spies and then the rest fell into place.

  13. Smokescreen-
    Are you going to in-person school? I know this is kinda personal. Your Welcome.

  14. It wasnt to hard to think of. I knew I wanted a name that only people who read ss would understand. Now that I think of it, I should have gone with Ice Queen, the name my twin picked.

  15. Ace First-
    No, its perfectly fine.
    I’m going in person. Surprisingly, masks arent required, although I do wear one. My comment directly above is related to your first question.
    Are you going in person?

  16. Ace First-
    Have you read SSR?
    I just read/found out what Croatoan actually means. Wow.

  17. Yeah. In-person school, no. I’m kinda glad though. All I have to do is lay in a comfy chair and read ssr all day. I feel smart for getting two answers in one sentence.

  18. Smokescreen- WAIT WHAT MASKS AREN’T REQUIRED!! LUCKY DUCK/I don’t think that’s safe

  19. Well, my school is small.
    In 6th grade (my grade) there are about……
    27 kids. And thats M/W and T/H together. In my class, there are 11 kids. Me, my twin, and one boy wear masks. In my little sisters grade, there are 4 kids. So yeah, small.

  20. I am very excited to read ssr! But I don’t have it and my library is closed so I can’t get it. But I’m still excited to read it. I also have a question for you: what’s your favorite ss book? Mine personally is sss.

  21. dear stu

    If someone were to write fan fiction for ss would it ofend u or would like some perticular format

  22. Lainey C –

    Lots of people write fan fiction for my books. It’s very flattering. I don’t care what format anyone does it in. To be honest, I can’t really read all of it.

  23. Lainey C –

    I spend a long time plotting out my books before I ever start writing them. So that’s how i figure out how to take all the ideas I have and work them into a coherent story.

  24. i feel like reding the graphic novel will be kinda weird when I see what the characters look like :/

  25. Hi I’m Erica Hale and I’m a huge fan I have all of your books ( including the Spy School which I have read like a million of times. Can you plz give me a shout out

  26. Stu What will the Graphic novel is it a Spy School one because I have read your books so many times Can i plz have a Shout-out

    Yours truly
    Your friends @ SPYDER

  27. Keith Vogel –

    As I explain in this very post, the graphic novel follows the first Spy School novel.

  28. I love your spy school books I have read the whole season and when did you say that the spy school graphic novel is coming out.??

  29. Fire –

    To find upcoming releases, look in the right hand column of every single page of this website.

  30. William –

    I am sure you have done a good job of imagining the characters for yourself.

    Please see my post on Questions I Can’t Answer for the reasons I don’t describe my characters in greater detail.

  31. I really want to know what the “prettiest girl” Ben has ever seen looks like.

    if you don’t know who that is then I guess you’re not a true fan.

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