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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

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

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

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

  14. 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.

  15. dear mr gibbs

    do you have any sort of description of what the next spy school will be like or what happens?

  16. Lainey Chamberlain –

    I have a whole post about SS9 on my blog, as well as infformation about the book on my Books page.

  17. dear mr. gibbs I love ss!!!! I just wanted to say thx so much for all your awesome work keep It up!

  18. I cant wait to see how everyone actually looks like and I am really hyped to see what ben looks like.But I wish we didn’t have to wait so long

  19. Ben Ripley –

    Fo the record, what the characters look like in the graphic novel will be the artist’s vision, not the official version. So if you imagine them to look somewhat different, you won’t be wrong.

  20. hmmm im not so sure if im gonna read tyhe graphic novel also when does the first one come out ?

  21. Mister Misteri=o

    All upcoming releases are listed in the right hand column of every single page of this website.

  22. Hey Stuart my man, my name is Vivienne fisher, and well I’m trans and bi sexual, and ik you can’t say how the plots will work or who new characters, but I was hoping, u rlly don’t have to do it, it would just mean a lot to the LGTBQIA+ community if you made a LGTBQIA character, ik that’s a big big big ask and you rlly don’t have to do it, it would just mean a lot for ppl like me out there (ps I have read ever book and I enjoy reading them over and over again, love your biggest fan Vivienne

  23. Hi Vivienne –

    FYI, I have put LGTBQIA+ characters into some of my books — although, admittedly not SS yet, because I haven’t figured out a way to do it and make it feel like its part of the story, rather than just doing it for the sake of doing it. But I hear you and I am certainly trying to figure out how it can be done.

  24. Classified –

    I do not know when I will have a cover to share. When I do, I will share it.

  25. Isaac Ball –

    Keep in mind, the characters in the graphic novel will only be how the artist envisions them. That does not have to dictate what you believe they look like.

  26. i cant wait for all the new stuff thats coming out spy school is AMAZING and i cant even imagine what the characters will look like

  27. I’m very excited for the new spy school! I’ve read every book, some 2-3 times. I really want to know how Erica looks like! I don’t care how long I have to wait because you are my favorite author, and I like graphic novels too. btw my name is Nina, like Nina Stack from mba!!! Since I live in the DC area, I’ve actually seen the Hope Diamond, where Ben and Erica talk in one of the books. I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!!!!!

  28. john –

    You will be able to see what the artist’s representation of them all is very soon.

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