Fans of demigod Percy Jackson, djinni Bartimaeus, and the planet-hopping Little Prince will be able to revisit these characters in new graphic novels this fall.
Due in October from Disney-Hyperion is a graphic novel adaptation of Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book One: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and Robert Venditti, creator of The Surrogates and its prequel, Flesh and Bone. The novel features pencil and ink art by Budapest illustrator Attila Futaki, with coloring by José Villarrubia. This illustrated version of the inaugural title has a simultaneous first printing of 75,000 copies in hardcover and 200,000 in paperback.
Also on Disney's October list is a graphic novel called The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book One: The Amulet of Samarkand, adapted by Jonathan Stroud and Andrew Donkin, who has written graphic novel adaptations of two Artemis Fowl books with Eoin Colfer. The graphics are provided by comic artist and book illustrator Lee Sullivan and comic-book colorist Nicolas Chapuis. The initial print run is 50,000 in hardcover and 100,000 in paperback. Bartimaeus fans can also look forward to a fourth novel in the series, The Ring of Solomon, due from Stroud in November.
Published in 1943—the year before author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's plane disappeared over the Mediterranean on a reconnaissance mission—The Little Prince has resonated with multiple generations of readers worldwide: the book has sold more than 80 million copies in 230 languages. Joann Sfar, a French comic artist and author of the Little Vampire series of graphic novels, has recreated this classic in a graphic novel due from HMH Books in October with a 50,000-copy first printing. An edition in French, Le Petit Prince Graphic Novel, is also being released the same month.