Spy School Graphic Novel release delayed until Feb 15 due to shipping issues

Hello everyone –

If you have been paying any attention to the news at all lately, then you are well aware that there are plenty of issues with shipping products to this country.  Container ships are waiting weeks to get into the ports.  Disappointingly — but not surprisingly — this has affected the delivery of the Spy School Graphic Novel.  Due to the need for full-color, the books were printed in China.  The ship they were on was supposed to dock in mid-December, but now will not be able to do that until the end of the month, which means that the original on sale date of February 1 is not possible.

So the on sale date has been moved back two weeks, to February 15.


That means that, instead of having a month between the release of the graphic novel and Once Upon A Tim, there will only be two weeks between book releases, which is very rare for an author.

I am sorry for this inconvenience.

327 thoughts on “Spy School Graphic Novel release delayed until Feb 15 due to shipping issues

  1. Ben’s parents did not just disappear.

    Please see my blog post about Questions I Can’t Answer.

  2. cc –

    I have been to the Bay Area more than just about any other place for book tours. If the pandemic abates to the point that I can do tours again, I will surely be up in the Bay Area again.

  3. . . .

    Ben’s parents went to Florida in witness protection, if I remember correctly.

  4. Hi Stuart Gibbs!

    You are my favorite author. I have read all of the Spy School, FunJungle, Moon Base Alpha, the Last musketeer, and the Charlie Thorne books! They are all amazing and I can’t wait for more books! You are an inspiration to me, because I want to be a writer when I grow up. Your books have everything I love in them, adventure and mystery.

    These are my favorite books in each series:
    SPY SCHOOL SERIES = Spy School Revolution
    THE LAST MUSKETEER SERIES = The Last Musketeer
    CHARLIE THORNE SERIES = Charlie Thorne and the Lost City

    I have some questions for you:
    1. How do you come up with an idea for the book? I have a lot of trouble brainstorming for an idea
    2. How do you know when a series is over?
    3. How do you start a series?
    4. How do you make your books so discriptive?
    5. How can you write your books so fast? (For example spy school revolution came out in September 2021 and the Charlie Thorne book 3 is coming out June 2022)
    6. How long have you been writing for?

    – sharkfun123

  5. Hi Mr. Gibbs –
    I love the spy school series a lot and was wondering if you were in Ben’s shoes at the time, would you have chosen to date Erica or Zoe. I think I would have chosen Zoe because she is a lot more friendly. At the end of the book you do see Erica kind of loosening up on her anti friendship policy so I guess it was the right call for Ben not to give up on her and keep trying to get closer to her.

  6. sharkfun 123 –

    Those are some very big questions. Answering them in full would take hours. So the best i can do is short answers:

    1) Be curious about the world and open to ideas. You never know when inspiration will strike.

    2) A series is over when you believe it is going to start feeling stale or repetitive if you continue it. Or if you have run out of ideas.

    3) You have an idea that you desperately want to write. Then you figure out how to make that a book.

    4) Personally, I don’t think my books are that descriptive. I use far less description than many other authors. I just try to be succinct.

    5) I am always plotting ideas out far ahead of time, so when the time comes to write, I have the stories worked out.

    6) I have been writing stories since I was in kindergarten. I have been a working writer since i was in college. I have been a published author for the past 11 years.

  7. SS Lover –

    If i had been in Ben’s shoes, I probably would have chosen Zoe. But then, I am not Ben.

  8. Stuart Gibbs
    Will Ben turn 14 in the upcoming book? From Spy Camp, he turned 13 at around June. So will Ben turn 14 in the upcoming book? This could be classified information, so you don’t have to answer it, but I am just curios.

  9. The 7th Grader –

    Whether or not Ben turns 14 would, of course, have to do with what time of year the book takes place. And that is classified.

  10. Hello Mr. Gibbs. I have a quick question. On average, how much does one of your books cost to make. Let’s take Spy School At Sea for example. You went on a cruse ship to do research for the book, so the publisher probably paid for that. Then they have to pay you to write the book, plus they have to pay the editor, the proofreader, and the cover artist. Then they have to print the book, advertise about it before it’s release, then make book merchandise. So, in all, how much did Spy School At Sea cost to make?

    Thanks, Spy School Reader.

  11. SS Reader –

    To be honest, how a book is paid for doesn’t quite work like that.

    The publisher does not pay for me to do research. The publisher pays me a set amount for writing the book (which is negotiated by my agent). I pay for the research myself — although sometimes, I can deduct research costs as business expenses.

    How much an author is paid can vary greatly. Some authors get a few thousand dollars. Some get millions. (How much is usually determined by an author’s previous sales, but not always.) So, based on this alone, how much a book costs can be vary a lot.

    The editor, proofreader — and, in my case, the cover artist — are all salaried positions at the publishing house, in addition to lots of marketing people and other specialists. They are each making a salary, not being paid per book. (In many cases, the cover artist is an independent contractor, but not for me.)

    And then you have the costs of production, marketing, shipping, etc. My publisher deals with all of that, and I really have no idea how much any of those costs would be.

    However, publishers decide to print a certain number of books, and if those sell out, they will print more. So the cost of printing a book is constantly changing.

    Therefore, the truth is, I really don’t know how much it costs to make SSAS. I’m not sure that anyone could put an exact dollar figure on it.

  12. My guess for SS10 will have something to do with the forest. I guessed that SS9 would have something to do with being on a boat at sea. The plot Mr. Gibbs is going for is probably something to do with the U.S. or Canadian woods. They might even be back to spy camp because the times coming around for it.


  13. I saw that it was “across state lines” so yeah def in u.s. and maybe in Spy Camp. I hope it is in the Bay Area. I’m guessing Murray’s cyberenemies might be old SPYDER and Croatian agents. Maybe a Ashley Sparks tie in? Maybe new characters? I don’t know, only Stuart knows. And yes, I’m 100% sure Mike has a goldfish, it is mentioned once when Jawa and Chip rescue Ben’s parents in SS British Invasion. Whew, that was long.

  14. dear stu gibbs

    i have a few questions on how to write a book (im currently writing a book called Agent.K1d (inspired much by spy school)

    how do you brainstorm for ideas? the way i do it i just take stuff from my dreams and put them in ms word

    How did you get your first book published?

    3rd how do you extent sentances so the book goes longer? the last book i made was 20 pages only because the sentances were WAY too short.

  15. Does anyone like to do alpine skiing , snowboarding, or cross country skiing?
    Just wondering. Not trying to start a thing like ha I do this and you don’t. Because that is rude. All I want to see how many people do it.

  16. tothewriter –

    1) I brainstorm by reading (fiction and nonfiction), going places that interest me, taking hikes, or — most often — sitting with a yellow pad and coming up with ideas.

    2) I found an agent (by submitting work i had written on spec) and the agent handled the rest.

    3) You should NEVER try to make a book (or sentences) longer. If your story is short, it’s not because your sentences weren’t long enough. It’s because the idea you had either wasn’t fleshed out enough or — more likely — it was just a short story idea. I don’t set out to write a book of a certain length. I just set out to write the idea I have come up with and tell it in the best way possible. Padding a story with extra-long sentences will make for a bad story.

  17. The mostly good person-

    I am very good at skiing, and I really like it. I have done alpine skiing, snowboarding, and cross country skiing. Do you ski?

  18. I can do U.S. Blue ski runs. So I am not the best at skiing but I’m not gonna pull an Erica.

  19. Charlie Thorne Fan-

    Yeah. Lol. I am able to do U.S Diamond blacks. Though it took a lot of practice.

  20. I can alpine ski but I am not a fan of blacks or double black diamonds. And I also do cross country in fact last year was my first year of doing it. I liked at a lot.

  21. Shoken –

    Um…. No. No one has ever told me that before.

    Usually, I’m told that I look much more like a combo of Brad Pitt and Idris Elba.

  22. Joshua –

    If you look in the right hand column f any page of this website, you will find te answer to your question.

  23. Stu–

    First of all, your books are incredible. I’ve truly learned a lot from them, and your writing style is very unique. Continue the great work! Second, where do you get inspiration for the plot and characters? The storyline has a lot of action at one point, and calm the next. I’m curious as to where the action, drama, and other twists and turns come from. Thanks for your time!

  24. I just finished reading the MBA series in 2 days. It was really good! I think the epilogue was a great ending, but I wish that the series could have gone on. (After I finished, I immediately checked the blog post about why the series was ended.) I feel like there could have been another book about the mysterious thing that would save humanity, but I am sure there are reasons why that would not work. I just want to say that it is a really fun series, and if you haven’t read it, you should!

  25. Your Spy School series is one of my favorite ever series of books. Do you recommend other books for people who love Spy School?

  26. Reader –

    I discuss some of the inspiration on my FAQ page — and there’s an old blog post about where ideas can come from. Really, figuring out plot, character and pacing is all done well before I start writing the book. I work out all those details way ahead of time.

  27. A big Fan –

    Ben is in his second year of school and Erica is in her fourth. (Although the end of the year is quickly approaching.)

  28. Mr. Gibbs,

    In the post “Stop Posting Spoilers — and Other Tips for Writing An On-Line Review”
    Someone asked if there will be twists in Berica in SS10, and you replied by saying yes there will be. Are the twists, as in issues in the relationship or like they mentioned other problems or injury to one of them. Thanks

  29. Mr. Gibbs

    i knowyou mentioned before that you are thinking of putting a trans gender character in your books. i was just curious if that character would be a kid or adult. i personaly think they being an adult would be better for the story to make sense. but i was just wondering.

  30. A big Fan –

    If i wanted to say what the twists were, then I would have said what the twists were. If I tell you what they are, then it ruins the story.

  31. Spy School rocks –

    The LAST thing I am ever going to do is tell you how I plan to end a book.

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