Friday, July 25, 2008

Adapting Richard Stark's PARKER

Comic Book Resources reports that the "Parker" crime novels will be adapted as graphic novels by Darwyn Cooke (New Frontier). Based on the books by Richard Stark (pen name of Donald Westlake), Cooke says the graphic novels will leave much of the source material intact. "Donald Westlake has been very involved in the development process and we've had a very productive back and forth through the email. With a character as low key and internal as Parker, Donald's explanation or understanding of his motivation was revelatory."

See the whole story here.
IDW Publishing: The Hunter Preview by Darwyn Cooke

Westlake's original Parker series starred the hardened professional thief in a string of almost twenty hardboiled caper paperback originals in the 1960s and '70s. According to Thriller Detective, the Parker series is "one of the absolute best hard-boiled series ever written, unapologetically brutal and unflinching." Variations of the Parker books have made it to the silver screen, including 1967's Point Blank, starring Lee Marvin, and Angie Dickinson, and 1999's Payback, starring Mel Gibson.

Under his real name, Westlake writes in a funnier vein -- his Dortmunder series follows an unlucky master criminal from one misadventure to another. Visit the official Donald Westlake website, "But I Could Be Wrong."

Cooke is known largely for his superhero comics, such as his blockbuster New Frontier, which fills in the gap between the comics Golden Age and Silver Age, placing it in historical context. But CBD points out that he is not unfamiliar with noir: "I've always had more natural affinity for crime stories," he told the site. "If you look at my work on 'Catwoman' and 'Slam Bradley,' you'll see my love for the genre."
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SHE'S THE SHERIFF!

A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at StudioWell.com. Watch the trailer on YouTube.