If you are like us and you can’t get enough of The Magicians, either in book or television form, you’ll be excited by The Hollywood Reporter’s recent interview with Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges and Pius Bak, in which a new graphic novel was unveiled by Boom! Studios.
Set to hit shelves next summer, The Magicians will make its graphic novel debut with a re-telling of the events of the first novel in the trilogy (The Magicians) from Alice’s point-of-view. Aptly titled The Magicians: Alice’s Story, the graphic novel will explore Brakebills and Fillory from Alice’s perspective and cover her journey to the prestigious magic school, her trials and tribulations along the way, and her infatuation with Quentin, all thanks to writer, Lilah Sturges. That’s right – Lev Grossman will not be writing the graphic novels. Instead, he is serving as a creative director of sorts, signing off on the new story arcs and the development of the graphic novels, which are set to be written by Sturges.
According to the interview, Sturges has come up with a natural story arc for Alice, one that fits in perfectly with what Grossman imagined for her character:
I had never met Lilah before this, but her intuitive feel for this world and these characters was almost psychically perfect, both with the original elements and the many new things she came up with. She kept opening new doors, and I’d look in and think ‘Oh, of course — that must have been there all along.’
Additionally, when asked “Why Alice?”, Sturges’ response couldn’t be more appropriate and exciting for fans of Alice Quinn’s character:
When I went back and re-read the novel in order to come up with my take on it, I kept noticing that Alice is a protagonist in her own right; she makes big choices that deeply affect the outcome of the story. In some ways, she’s actually the hero of the story. By the time I’d finished the book, I knew I wanted to tell the story from her point of view and I was delighted that Lev was on board for it.
In July 2019, the first volume to be released under the new license, The Magicians: Alice’s Story, will be bringing magic and Brakebills to life in full color thanks to a collaboration between Lila Sturges and illustrator, Pius Bak.
For a first look, the stunning cover featuring Alice (drawn by Steve Morris) is featured below.