EXCLUSIVE: 'Outsiders' Author S.E. Hinton Plans New Comic Book Projects

Taming of the Star RunnerNovelist S.E. Hinton is taking the leap from comic book outsider to comic book author, thanks to a newly established partnership with Bluewater Productions.

Bluewater, the publishers behind the "Female Force" and "Political Power" line of comic books, will team up with Hinton for a string of various comic book titles. Hinton's first project will be an adaptation of her young adult novel "Taming of the Star Runner," set for debut in the spring of 2010.

The story focuses on Travis, a city kid that has trouble acclimating to rural life after being sent to live on his uncle's ranch. Travis forges a bond with Casey, who runs a riding school at the ranch and tries to tame a dangerous horse called the Star Runner. Travis finds a kinship in the untamable horse, as he feels unable to change his own behavior.

There are also plans in the works for an adaptation of Hinton's children's book "The Puppy Sister" and an entirely new title created specifically for Bluewater, both of which are scheduled for release next summer. Don Smith, CW Cooke, Guilherme Rafid and Yasir Fajardo will collaborate on Hinton's projects.

"I grew up reading S.E. Hinton's books, so to bring these to a graphic novel format is a dream come true for me," said Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis. "The best part is getting to work with Hinton one on one. We have talked about the new title, which is on the lines of her iconic work 'The Outsiders.'"

"The Outsiders"—which was adapted for film in the '80s starring Matt Dillion, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise and others—is perhaps Hinton's best known work, though she's also well-known for other young adult novels including "Tex," "Rumble Fish" and "That Was Then, This Is Now."

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