Dark Horse is expanding its series of comics adaptations of short stories by Neil Gaiman with two new titles in 2016.
Gabriel Moon and Fabio Bá will adapt “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” and Colleen Doran does “Troll Bridge”. Dark Horse will also re-release Creatures of the Night and The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch, which were previously adapted by Michael Zulli.
In an exclusive interview with Gaiman to announce the forthcoming Dark Horse titles, he said he chose Bá and Moon to adapt How to Talk to Girls at Parties because he’s a “huge admirer” of the two artists. He went on: “They have a storytelling aesthetic where [depicting] body language is everything. The story is all about what’s in the narrators’ heads, so it can be very hard to do that in comics. It’s incredibly enjoyable to write a story and see them make it real.”
Gaiman said he has worked with Doran many times, beginning with Sandman, his acclaimed fantasy comics series. He chose her to adapt “Troll Bridge” because he knows “how good she is.” Gaiman added that Doran’s art choices for the story have been an “absolute delight.” He explained: “She showed me an unusual style [done with color pencils] that isn’t like classic comics. Her pencils are wonderful, layered full-color drawings. They’re subversive, more like children’s book illustrations from 50 years ago.”
Here’s a sneak peek inside How to Talk to Girls at Parties:
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