Troublemaker Tops Bestseller List Two Weeks Straight
Dark Horse is quite excited, and deservedly so, over the news that Janet and Alex Evanovich's Troublemaker is #1 on the New York Times' graphic bestsellers list for the second week in a row. Troublemaker represents two rather interesting experiments for Evanovich: One is the obvious, her foray into the graphic-novel realm. The second is that the graphic novel is a continuation of the prose Barnaby series, which had two books previously published and is now driving many non-comics fans into stores looking for Troublemaker. Obviously the experiments worked well. But it also represents some hard work on the part of Dark Horse to make the new book successful, because they were taking on a rather tricky gambit with this book. It certainly wasn't a given that Evanovich's success in the prose realm would translate into comics sales.
This success may lead to future situations of more prose authors crossing over to comics. The more the merrier, I say. I know it's been an interesting time to see so many successful prose authors (like Stephen King and James Patterson) dip their toes into the comics waters. If this encourages more, I think it will only spell good things for the industry. The attention will hopefully lead to even greater attention for comics.-- John Hogan