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March 17, 2012

WonderCon 2012: ‘Dragon Tattoo,’ Anthony Bourdain coming to Vertigo

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By "Fables" author Bill Willingham, "Fairest" explores the secret histories of many of the female characters from the series, including Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rose Red and more. (Adam Hughes/Vertigo/DC Comics)

Scottish crime author Denise Mina and artists Leonardo Manco, Andrea Mutti and Lee Bermejo collaborated on this graphic-novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson's bestselling novel "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." (Vertigo/DC Comics)

"Get Jiro," a graphic novel by renowned chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain and cowritten by Joel Rose, follows Jiro, a renegade sushi chef in a future where master chefs rule L.A. like crime lords. (Langdon Foss/Vertigo/DC Comics)

"American Vampire: Lord of Nightmare," by Scott Snyder, follows agent Felicia Book of the postwar Europe vampire-hunting agency The Vassals of the Morning Star. (Dustin Nguyen/Vertigo/DC Comics)

The tale of outlaw Skinner Sweet and Pearl Jones continues in 1950s Hollywood in "American Vampire," by Scott Snyder. (Vertigo/DC Comics)

"Saucer Country" follows a Democratic presidential candidate who must find out the truth about her alien abduction in order to save the world. (Ryan Kelly/Vertigo/DC Comics)

"The New Deadwardians" miniseries by Dan Abnett follows a Sherlockian detective who investigates the deaths of the undead in Edwardian England, where the lower-class masses are zombies and the aristocracy willingly become vampires to avoid them. (I.N.J. Culbard/Vertigo/DC Comics)

Vertigo Comic fans got a glimpse of the future — which includes an adaptation of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” a graphic novel by chef Anthony Bourdain and a 10th anniversary “Fables” collection — during the publisher’s Friday evening panel at WonderCon.

Editor Will Dennis, writer Scott Snyder and artist Dennis Nguyen spoke during the panel for Vertigo — the edgy-spirited imprint of DC Comics – highlighting a slate of comics, including “Fables,” “The New Deadwardians,” “Saucer Country,” “Voodoo Child,” “American Vampire,” “American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Get Jiro,” “Sweet Tooth” and “Scalped.”

Vertigo's graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson's bestselling novel "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." (Vertigo/DC Comics)

The “Dragon Tattoo” book, adapted by Scottish crime author Denise Mina from Stieg Larsson’s bookshelf sensation,  is slated for a November release and will be the first in a set of six — two graphic novels for each book in the original trilogy.

“It’s an adaptation,” Dennis said. “They’ve given [Mina] license to change dialogue and trim stuff as if they were writing a movie script.”

Mina, whose stint writing “Hellblazer” took John Constantine to Scotland, is the perfect fit to write the “Dragon Tattoo” adaptation, Dennis said, especially when it comes to handling sensitive material, such as the notorious rape scenes.

“[Mina's books are] very good, strong, visceral books, and in that respect, I feel she’s very ripe for this,” Dennis said. “She’s handled things in a very delicate yet visceral way. I think she’s really like a perfect person for this gig.”

The panel also focused on the future of Scott Snyder’s celebrated “American Vampire” — the Eisner Award-winning series, created by Snyder and artist Rafael Albuquerque. Issue #28, which hits stores June 27, marks the beginning of a new story arc for the series, called “The Blacklist,” set in 1950s Hollywood.

“Something terrible happens to Henry, and Pearl has to go out and decide whether she’s going to avenge him, teamed with Skinner Sweet,” Snyder said. “It’s literally my favorite thing I’ve done. … I’m just super proud of it.”

Flip through the gallery above for a look at some of the other Vertigo titles spotlighted during the panel. Be sure to click SHOW CAPTIONS.

– Noelene Clark

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