Last summer brought news from Comic-Con, fittingly enough, that Chuck Palahniuk is planning to release a sequel to his widely adored 1996 debut novel Fight Club as a graphic novel. In an e-mail to his appropriately named fansite, The Cult, Palahniuk said he had been speaking to artists at Marvel, DC and Dark Horse about the process, and that the book would likely take place ten years after the end of the earlier novel, with protagonist Jack and sometime love interest Marla married and bored in the suburbs, drawn back into the world of Tyler Durden and Project Mayhem when their son is kidnapped. Now, the author has revealed a few more details.
Once again e-mailing The Cult, Palahniuk says: ‘The graphic novel “script” for the Fight Club sequel has gone off to the writer Matt Fraction and to an unnamed publisher for review. Matt writes his own series, called “Sex Criminals” and does very well. He’s been my go-to advisor about format and other considerations of graphic scripts. I’ll be choosing an illustrator based on their response to the script. The sequel will consist of seven issues, totally more than 210 pages. Fingers crossed.’
Fraction, as Palahniuk says, is indeed responsible for the ongoing, highly acclaimed comic series Sex Criminals, and is also a prolific writer for Marvel, with his work on The Invincible Iron Man winning him an Eisner Award in 2009 for Best New Series. In other words, when it comes to comics, he knows what he’s talking about, which should reassure any Fight Club fans who remain sceptical about the format of this endeavour, if not of the wisdom of continuing Jack, Tyler and Marla’s story in the first place.
As work continues, however, Palahniuk has promised that both ‘comic/erotic thriller’ Beautiful You and book of short stories Make Something Up will be published in October 2014 and October 2015 respectively, so it may prove to be a while yet before the comic actually sees the light of day.
He was chief hack and music editor of webzine Brazen from 2006 to 2010, and hosted Left of the Dial on Subcity Radio from 2008 to 2011.
He can be heard semi-regularly on the podcast of Scottish cultural blog Scots Whay Hae ('20th best website in Scotland!' - The List), and in 2011 founded Seen Your Video, a film and music podcast and blog based in Glasgow. He has a Masters degree in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow that will never have any practical application. You are on a hiding to nothing if you follow him on Twitter expecting any kind of hot publishing scoop.