Horror Comic Round-Up: Dark Horse Adapting Neil Gaiman; “DOCTOR STRANGE” offers “SINISTER” ReunionBooks/Art/Culture,News Svetlana Fedotov
Dark Horse recently announced that they will be releasing graphic novel adaptations of two of Neil Gaiman’s short stories. The first, titled HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, was originally published in the short story collection FRAGILE THINGS, and will be adapted by artists Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. Scheduled for a June 2016 release, the story revolves around a two teenage boys who go to a party and learn that girls may actually come from another planet. On another note, though not related to Dark Horse, there are plans to adapt the short story into a movie by See-Saw Films with filming reportedly underway.
The second short story is titled TROLL BRIDGE, after first seeing light in 2009’s SMOKE AND MIRRORS. It will be handled by Gaiman’s longtime collaborator Colleen Doran and will be released in September 2016. Doran is most notable for working on parts of THE SANDMAN: DREAM COUNTRY, GAME OF YOU as well as her comic, A DISTANT SOIL. TROLL BRIDGE is a re-telling of the “Three Billy Goat Gruff” fairy tale where the protagonist convinces the troll to wait to eat him when he comes back a little older.
Dark Horse also plans to re-release Gaiman’s previous comics, CREATURES OF THE NIGHT and THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF THE DEPARTURE OF MISS FINCH. Both were illustrated by Michael Zulli and originally released by Dark Horse in 2004. More information can be found at Publisher’s Weekly.
In other news, Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE movie seems to have picked up another writer onto the already epic script penned by PROMETHEUS’s Jon Spaihts: SINISTER franchise writer C. Robert Cargill. Cargill is reunited with STRANGE director Scott Derrickson, both having written the SINISTER films with the latter directing the first flick, and will be bringing his expertise to tighten up loose holes in the script. The two have proven to be a formidable team, having recently written the big screen treatments of DEUS EX and THE OUTER LIMITS, but DOCTOR STRANGE is their highest profile project to date. Will there be more added horror elements onto an already “magic and quantum physics” filled film? What can we expect when nothing can be expected?