Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series of novels, telling the story of a young boy who becomes a super-spy, are massively popular, and have sold over 12 million copies to date. Following on from the success of the novels, Antony Johnston has been adapting the books into a series of similarly-acclaimed graphic novels for Walker Books, working with artists Kanako Damerum and Yuzuru Takasaki to bring four of the books to life so far. Antony has long been a mainstay of the British comics community, with his other recent works including The Coldest City and Wasteland, his long running Oni Press series set in a future desert dystopia.
Antony is still working on Wasteland, with the next issue – issue #44 – scheduled to be released this week. He’s also been working in a variety of other mediums, including video games such as ZombieU. He’s been in charge of adapting the Alex Rider spy series for comics for the best part of a decade now, with the next book, Scorpia, due next year – drawn by Emma Vieceli! That name rings a bell. I spoke to Antony about what exactly adaptation is, and the difficulties and joys of taking a book and turning it into comics. And after reading this interview, I really recommend you have a look at this piece Antony wrote about his writing process – it’s fascinating!