(with thanks to Reuben Willmott): Penguin Books will publish a graphic novel version of Charlie Higson’s first Young James Bond story, Silverfin, in October.
Drawn by 2000AD‘s Kev Walker, the story begins with James Bond’s first day at Eton, and already he’s met his first enemy. This is the start of an adventure that will take him from the school playing fields to the remote shores of Loch Silverfin and a terrifying discovery that threatens to unleash a new breed of warfare.
The official Young Bond web site reports Times entertainment critic Amanda Craig scored an early look at the 160 page SilverFin Graphic Novel by Charlie Higson and Kev Walker and described this first Young Bond comics adaptations by Kev Walker, as “a bold and brilliant Manga-inspired treat.”
Walker, now working on Marvel Zombies 3 which also launches in October, is well known to 2000AD fans for his art on strips such as Judge Dredd, Rogue Troper and ABC Warriors. He’s contributed to the Young Bond website, is also responsible for the cover art on the US releases of Blood Fever and Double Or Die.
The Young Bond series follows the adventures of the schoolboy James Bond, from arriving a friendless orphan at Eton to a deadly chase through the Mexican jungle, the young hero leading a thrilling and dangerous life in a series of novels by Charlie Higson. All of the Young Bond books, including the latest adventure, By Royal Command, are published by Puffin in the UK.
Released on 2 October, both Kev Walker and Charlie Higson will be signing copies of the books at the London Forbidden Planet Megastore on Thursday 9 October from 6.00 – 7.00pm. More info at www.forbiddenplanet.com/Signings.html
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.