Comics A.M. | Charlaine Harris' new graphic novel; the origins of Epic

Publishing | Charlaine Harris, author of the "Sookie Stackhouse" novels on which HBO's True Blood is based, says that after she finishes the last two "Sookie" books, she plans to work on a graphic novel with Christopher Golden. “I’m very excited about that. It’s called Cemetery Girl with Christopher Golden, and it's a very exciting opportunity.” Harris had mentioned wanting to do a novel called Cemetery Girl back in 2009, about "a girl raised by ghosts in a cemetery," but put it on hold when she found out the plot was similar to Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book.

Based on the description in the news report, it sounds like the story has been tweaked, as it says the graphic novel "centers on a woman who finds herself living in a cemetery with no memory of her past but a clear sense of a mysterious threat hanging over her." This isn't the first time Harris' characters have found their way into comics, as IDW publishes comics based on HBO's True Blood, and an adaptation of her Grave Sight novels has been published by Dynamite. [NBC San Diego]

Publishing | Former Marvel Comics editor and Transformers writer John Barber has joined IDW Publishing as a senior editor. IDW also announced the promotion of Tom Waltz to the company’s first senior staff writer position, in addition to his duties as editor, and the expansion of the company’s book department with longtime IDW employee Alonzo Simon becoming an assistant editor. [press release]

Publishing | Jim Shooter shares how Marvel's Epic imprint, which published mostly creator-owned books like Groo and Dreadstar, came into existence. [Jim Shooter]

Creators | Back in the 1970s, long before there was Womanthology, Sharon Rudahl was editing the underground Wimmen's Comix anthology. Robin McConnell talks to her about those pioneer days, and her more recent graphic novel Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman, in an hour-long podcast. [Inkstuds]

Creators | Matt Wayne posts the Dwayne McDuffie tribute that Comic-Con wouldn't print: "I'm worried that Dwayne is going to be the industry's 'proof' that we're all post-racial and chummy, now that they can't be embarrassed into hiring him anymore, and I don't want to contribute to that absurd but inevitable narrative." [Dwayne McDuffie Forums]

Creators | Rich Johnston talks to writer Paul Jenkins about joining David Finch as co-writer of Batman: The Dark Knight #2. [Bleeding Cool]

Reviews | Matthew J. Brady takes a look at Yuichi Yokoyama's Garden: "... the imagery that Yokoyama has managed to pull from the ether and finely explicate on the page is, for the most part, gorgeously bizarre. There's the occasional object or action that doesn't quite read like it is supposed to, but most everything makes sense, from the houses on wheels to the giant wave of photographs, and they provide plenty of opportunities for meticulously detailed scenes, even within the uniform line weights and expansive white space that Yokoyama favors." [Warren Peace Sings the Blues]

Reviews | Robot 6 contributor Matt Seneca examines Seth's Wimbledon Green: The Greatest Comic Book Collector in the World. [Death to the Universe]

Reviews | John Parker looks at the comics of Joe Casey, "the most dangerous man in comics." [ComicsAlliance]

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