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Archive for the ‘Witch and Wizard’ Category

Wow, I’d forgotten about this interview until I came across the video posted online. This was done for the Science Fiction Book Club at the 2010 New York Comic Con. The first half of the video features me talking about Witch & Wizard, plus a bit about my other projects:

Yeah, I’m really not comfortable talking to a camera.

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    PANELista Andy Bennett and I both have books on the long ballot of nominees for the 2010 Children’s Choice Book Awards! Andy’s short story is part of Trickster: Native American Tales and I’m nominated for the Witch and Wizard: Battle for Shadowland graphic novel.

    “In association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC), Teenreads.com is giving you a very special opportunity to let your voices be heard by telling us your five favorite books of 2010. The five titles that receive the most votes will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2011 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Once the five finalists have been determined, we will tell you where you can go vote for them. The winner will be announced in May 2011.”

    We would kindly ask for your vote, if you’re so inclined. The deadline is January 31. Voting form and instructions at the link above.

    Thanks!

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      Last week, the hardcover collection of my Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland debuted at #4 on the New York Times Best Sellers List (Hardcover Graphic).

      It was also #9 on Amazon.com’s best selling graphic novels. Now, I know that the popularity is based on the James Patterson name recognition, but hey, I’ll take it. It’s good practice for when one of my own creations eventually makes it to the top of the sales charts.

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        For you Columbusites, I wanted to let you know that I will be doing a book signing for my latest graphic novel release, WITCH & WIZARD: BATTLE FOR SHADOWLAND. This is a YA book aimed at tweens and teens. It’s part of the Educator Appreciation Event sponsored by Barnes & Noble.

        Witch and Wizard

        Here are the details:

        Barnes & Noble – Lennox Town Center (1739 Olentangy River Road)
        Tuesday, October 12
        4-6 PM

        Educator Appreciation Event book signing with Dara Naraghi (author of Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland) and Nathan Henry (author of “Good Behavior”)

        “In a blink of an eye, their world has changed, with the oppressive New Order declaring all magic as evil incarnate! In this action-packed tale spinning out of best-selling author James Patterson’s #1 novel, sibling teenagers Whit and Wisty Allgood use their newly discovered magical powers to infiltrate into enemy territory of the New Order to gain control of the mysterious inter-dimensional Shadowland.

        The first of two original stories, this volume takes place between books one and two of the prose novels. Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland takes bst-selling author James Pattersons hit characters on all-new, exciting adventures in this full-color graphic novel.”

        Hope to see some of you there!

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          In all the chaos of getting ready for Comfest, I forgot to mention that that the second issue of my Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland is available at your local comic book store this week:

          “The iron fist of the New Order has declared all magic banned from society, and sibling teenagers Whit & Wisty Allgood are on the run and using their magical powers to attempt to gain control of an inter-dimensional nowhere called Shadowland. But while Wisty faces a horde of Lost Ones—soulless creatures hungry for the warmth of the living—in Shadowland, her brother Whit finds himself in the N.O.’s stronghold, face-to-face with an even greater evil: The One Who Is The One! Continuing this brand-new story that takes place in the world from best-selling author James Pattersons’ hit novel.”

          I had a blast writing some fun double-page action scenes, and artist Victor Santos absolutely rocked them (with colors by Jamie Grant):

          You can read a preview of the first 5 pages here.

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            This week sees the release of my latest project for IDW, an original 4-issue limited series based on the characters and settings from James Patterson’s young adult novel, Witch & Wizard:

            Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland #1 (of 4) – In a blink of an eye, their world has changed, with the oppressive New Order declaring all magic as evil incarnate! In this action-packed first issue spinning out of best-selling author James Pattersons’s #1 novel, sibling teenagers Whit & Wisty Allgood use their newly discovered magical powers to infiltrate into enemy territory of the New Order to gain control of the inter-dimensional Shadowland.

            The artwork is provided by talented Spanish artist, Victor Santos. I’ve had a blast working with Victor; his work is dynamic, fun, and full of energy. I can’t wait for everyone to see what he does with the double-page action sequences in subsequent issues. In the meantime, here’s a look at one of the pages from the first issue, showing most of our main and supporting characters…first up, Victor’s pencils:

            Followed by his inks:

            And finally colored by Jamie Grant (All-Star Superman):

            And given that IDW Publishing has fully embraced the digital distribution of comics, Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland #1 is also available through the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on the PSP through Sony’s Digital Comics storefront.

            And finally, looking forward to next month, here’s a peek at the cover for issue #2, courtesy of Brazilian artist Fabio Moon:

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              The July solicitations are out, so I figured I’d promote them here as well. I have two comics shipping that month:

              MGM Drive-In Theater: It, The Terror From Beyond Space #1 (of 4)
              Dara Naraghi (w) • Mark Dos Santos (a) • Steve Mannion (c)
              MGM Drive-In Theater launches with the first of three special series updating classic sci-fi flicks! Here, It, the Terror From Beyond Space is retooled as a retro-1950s alien adventure. Returning from a rescue mission to Mars, the spaceship Challenge 142 carries the only survivor of the first expedition who is now suspected of killing his crew for their lifesaving rations. Until something starts moving in the cargo bay…

              Witch & Wizard: The Battle for Shadowland #3 (of 4)
              Dara Naraghi (w) • Victor Santos (a) Fabio Moon (c)
              Spinning out of James Patterson’s #1 novel! In Shadowland, Wisty and the ghosts fight the New Order troops but are losing ground. Using her magic, she inadvertently redirects various portals away from Freeland, and towards other realms and winds up in some sort of a time loop! Meanwhile, The One explains to Whit that he wants control of Shadowland, and why!

              Look for some preview art here as soon as I get the word from my editor.

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                As most of you know, one of my current projects is writing and all-new, original mini-series based on the characters and settings from James Patterson’s new YA book series, Witch & Wizard. The series is called Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland, and outside of my own creator-owned stories, this has been one of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on. The artist on the book is the immensely talented Victor Santos, who is just tearing it up on the pages. Starting with issue #2, Fabio Moon will be providing the covers. And my editor is Bob Schreck, who makes sure we both bring our best to the project.

                The first issue hits stores in May. Below are the covers and solicitation text for the books. Please ask your comic book store to order them.

                Witch & Wizard #1
                Dara Naraghi (w) • Victor Santos (a) • Victor Santos. J.K. Woodward (c)
                In a blink of an eye, their world has changed, with the oppressive New Order declaring all magic as evil incarnate! In this action-packed first issue spinning out of best-selling author James Pattersons’s #1 novel, sibling teenagers Whit & Wisty Allgood use their newly discovered magical powers to infiltrate into enemy territory of the New Order to gain control of the inter-dimensional Shadowland. Witch & Wizard is a brand-new series taking best-selling author James Pattersons’ hit characters from the Witch & Wizard novel on all-new exciting adventures in this four-color comic book series.

                Diamond Order Code: MAR10 0986

                Witch & Wizard #2
                Dara Naraghi (w) • Victor Santos (a) • Fabio Moon (c)
                The iron fist of the New Order has declared all magic banned from society, and sibling teenagers Whit & Wisty Allgood are on the run and using their magical powers to attempt to gain control of an inter-dimensional nowhere called Shadowland. But while Wisty faces a horde of Lost Ones—soulless creatures hungry for the warmth of the living—in Shadowland, her brother Whit finds himself in the N.O.’s stronghold, face-to-face with an even greater evil: The One Who Is The One! Continuing this brand-new story that takes place in the world from best-selling author James Pattersons’ hit novel.

                Diamond Order Code: APR10 0372

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                  Since the official announcement was made today in this USA Today article, I can finally talk about one of my current IDW projects: an all-new, original 4-issue limited series based on the characters and settings of James Patterson’s latest YA book, Witch & Wizard.

                  This is the cover mock-up they ran in the article, but it’s not going to be the final cover of the first issue. The artwork is being handled by the extremely talented Victor Santos, who recently collaborated with Brian Azzarello on the Filthy Rich crime noir graphic novel from Vertigo. You can also see his work in the Mice Templar series from Image. Once I get the go-ahead from the powers-that-be, I’ll post some of his pages from our book here.

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