My publisher wants to do a graphic novel of Forsaken

With the print and audio versions of Forsaken coming out soon, things have been a little crazy over here. When my publisher called and suggested a graphic novel of the book, I quickly replied, “Nobody wants that, have you seen me draw? My stick figures look like accident victims. It’s sad.” I was then informed that I would not be drawing said book, they would hire someone. With much relief, I then asked just how you go about hiring a graphic artist for something like this. I was told they have a list of candidates.

Lists are great, I’m a fan of lists, but I tend to break from the norm every once in a while (such as naming characters after Twitter followers).

As a writer, I know how difficult it is to find an agent and publisher for your work. I imagine breaking into the world of graphic novels is just as difficult. I imagine there are many exceptional artists out there, their work seen only by friends and family. Are you one of them? If yes, I want to give you a shot:

Calling all Graphic Artists

If you have interest in illustrating the graphic novel for Forsaken (and possibly the three sequels), send a sample of your work to me via email (graphics at If I think you’re a good fit, I’ll send you the first chapter. Return your best illustrations. That’s it. I’ll make sure your work is right there on the table with the industry pros when decision time comes.

I know the next Frank Miller is out there – help me find you.


J.D. Barker is the internationally best-selling author of FORSAKEN, a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and winner of the New Apple Medalist Award. His work has been compared to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Thomas Harris. His latest novel, THE FOURTH MONKEY, released in June 2017. His third novel, THE FIFTH TO DIE, releases June 2018. He has been asked by the Stoker family to coauthor the forthcoming prequel to DRACULA due out in fall 2018. His novels have been translated into numerous languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Dayna, and their two dogs, both of whom sit outside his office door daily, eagerly awaiting his next novel.

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