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The King of Comics

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Stephen King is pretty much the man. I started reading his novels when I was in high school, and to this day I can't figure out which was the most terrifying. Oh, the clown in It. He was super scary. But, somehow, posessed-car Christine was no less-so, no matter how absurd the conceit. Ooooh, what about Thinner, The Tommyknockers, and The Running Man? Just typing "tommyknockers" gave me chills. I used to devour his books as soon as I could get my hands on them, and while I've fallen off in recent years (I think the last one I read was The Green Mile, as a series, which was horrifying in a different way), I can still conjure the fantastic images that raced through my head as I read those novels — the white face of It, the rotting gypsy man in Thinner. Eeeeew. Well, now the horrormaster is giving us the images to go with the stories through a collaboration with Marvel comics. They've released the second installment of comics expanding on King's fantasy opus, the Dark Tower series. The first installment was a huge hit; so if you read it, get ready to ask King all about it!



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The Dark Tower series is my absolute favorite series of novels ever, and the first set of comics were wonderful. Stephen King, the world would be a sad plae without your books, that's for sure!

Sent by V. J. | 2:49 PM | 3-12-2008

The use of comics to build on an existing world from another media, be it novels, movies, or television has come a long way from the days of the Star Wars comics which were only tangentially related to the movies. Today, we have Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, writing Buffy and Firefly comics - continuing the stories from the mind of the creator himself.

Sent by Jacob Hawkins | 2:50 PM | 3-12-2008

I had read that J.J. Abrams was developing the Dark Tower for the screen. Did this fall apart?

Sent by Kevin Doyle | 3:02 PM | 3-12-2008

I have read a huge portion of Stephen King's Novels, I always thought it genius how so many of his stories would graze up next or even have direct relation to the Dark Tower. Hearing about the movie idea, I would love to see this, but know with the record of his past novels being butchered by hollywood, the graphic novels seems like a smart and profitable avenuene to take. I will be looking for these next time I'm in a Bookstore! Hey Sarah Tommyknockers was one of my fav!

Sent by Jeremy | 3:32 PM | 3-12-2008

I love the "Dark Tower" series of novels as well as the comic series!
The first issue of "The Long Road Home" is awesome!
On the final pages we learn more on Sheemie's fate: Is this the way Stephen King imagined it or did Peter David / Robin Furth come up with this chilling segment?
In addition to that I'd like to know, please, if Robin Furth is too busy working on the "Dark Tower" comics or if she will assist Stephen King again for the writing of "The Talisman 3"?

Sent by AlcheMick | 3:44 PM | 3-12-2008

Speaking of J.J. Abrams possibly producing the Dark Towers series, has Stephen also contributed to "Lost"? I noticed they discussed a book of his on the first episode of Season 3, which book was it and does it serve to foreshadow future events? Also, I love everything you do and I cannot wait for the graphic novels!

Sent by Hannah Peacock | 4:56 PM | 3-12-2008

Sai King,
I want to say thanks for all of your work. My friends and I @
discuss your works daily. I am also curious about a third installment of The Talisman any ideas on when it might be published?

Sent by Linda | 5:21 PM | 3-12-2008

Thanks to Stephen King for getting me to be an avid reader. Although we are roughly the same age, I view him as one of my heroes. My cousin suggested I read the Shining in the late seventies, and I've been hooked ever since. I've read all his books and The Stand is my favorite book of all time. I've since branched out and read various authors and subject matter all the time, but I still grab a King novel as soon as it's released. Thanks to Stephen King (and my cousin) for giving me the gift of reading.

Sent by C. Dan Carpenter | 10:15 AM | 3-14-2008

The Stephen King book referenced during the book group meeting in Season 3 of Lost was Carrie.

Sent by cade | 1:20 PM | 3-14-2008