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Dark Horse to Adapt Neil Gaiman’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” “Troll Bridge”

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Dark Horse to Adapt Neil Gaiman’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” “Troll Bridge”

Two of Neil Gaiman‘s short prose stories will be adapted into comics at Dark Horse Comics, with some major artists attached. Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá — the brother team known for “Casanova,” “Daytripper” and “Two Brothers” — will illustrate “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” while Colleen Doran, who worked with Gaiman on “The Sandman,” will illustrate “Troll Bridge.”

“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” is from 2006 short story collection “Fragile Things: Short Fiction and Wonders,” and is about shy boys who attempt to flirt with girls at a party — only to find out these girls are indeed from another planet. It’s currently in development as a film, with Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman both attached.

“The story is all about what’s in the narrators’ heads, so it can be very hard to do that in comics,” Gaiman told Publishers Weekly of the work done by Moon and Bá. “It’s incredibly enjoyable to write a story and see them make it real.”

“Troll Bridge” is from 2009 collection “Smoke and Mirrors,” and is a “tragic coming-of-age fantasy masterpiece” (Dark Horse’s description) about a boy long tormented by a troll.

“She showed me an unusual style [done with color pencils] that isn’t like classic comics,” Gaiman said to Publishers Weekly. “Her pencils are wonderful, layered full-color drawings. They’re subversive, more like children’s book illustrations from 50 years ago.”

“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” is scheduled for release on June 15, 2016; “Troll Bridge” on Sept. 14, 2016

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