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August 3rd, 2006, 10:33 AM
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Novel art: Graphic novels bringing new fans, life to comic book series

Thursday, August 03, 2006

By Carl Hoover - Tribune-Herald entertainment editor

Those hoping to get a jump on what’s coming soon to movie theaters may want to swap watching movie trailers for a visit to the local comic book shop or bookstore to scope out the latest graphic novels.

The graphic novel, a slick, artistic and upscale cousin of the comic book, has emerged as a new player in printed media.

Graphic novels serve as rich source material for film producers looking for ready-to-visualize stories, and they’re viewed as product extensions of comic book publishers, video game makers and television series.

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Television, too, is returning the favor of comic book inspiration (“Smallville’s” imagining of a young Clark Kent in rural Kansas, for instance, borrows from Superman for All Seasons) by supplying storylines for graphic novels. The sci-fi series “Stargate” and “Battlestar Galactica” have extra adventures found in graphic novel form.