It has a 350,000 first print run. It adapts into comic form one of the most popular novels of recent yars. And it has an audience of young women who will do whatever it takes to get their hands on the next new sparkly Twilight thing.
Adapted by Korean manhwa creator Young Kim, with constant supervision and involvement from Stephanie Meyer, this is likely to be the best selling English comic book this year – at least until Michael Jackson’s written graphic novel Fated is published.
Probably most people won’t like it – of at least profess not to. The Twi-hards will not see the characters in the way they picture them. The movie fans won’t see likenesses from the big screen. And comic readers will mock at every level at this intruder into the form that is outselling everything they love. It won’t matter, it will sell, and that first print is rather a conservative number.
And while bookstores will take the brunt, it’s likely comic shops will see a pick up in trade as a number of people will assume that the strange looking shop off the high street that they went in to once to buy a Hello Kitty Emo doll will be the place to sell Twilight: The Graphic Novel Vol 1.
Maybe a few comic publishers should do an After Twilight industry ad? Listing things like American Vampire, Dark Tower, Tomb Of Dracula, Preacher, Vamps, Bite Club, 30 Days Of Night, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Walking Dead, Crossed, Black Gas and the like… how hard could it really be?
Anyone fancy mocking up a poster or two?
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