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Neil Gaiman and Robert Kirkman are among The Hollywood Reporter’s 25 most powerful authors in Hollywood, appearing alongside the likes of J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and George R.R. Martin.
At No. 6, Kirkman is recognized not only for the success of AMC’s adaptation of The Walking Dead but for a “banner year for the veteran comic-book writer and Image Comics partner” that includes overseeing his Skybound imprint and publishing Thief of Thieves, which is also being developed by the cable network.
Gaiman, co-creator of The Sandman, clocked in at No. 23 on the strength of his prose work — The Graveyard Book and American Gods are being developed for film and television, respectively — and the adaptations of Coraline and Stardust.
Unsurprisingly, the top spot went to King, whose massive catalog of work has been adapted for film, television, stage and comic books, and who co-wrote the first arc of Vertigo’s American Vampire.
Also worth noting: Charlaine Harris (No. 14), author of the “Sookie Stackhouse” books on which True Blood is based, and co-writer of the graphic novel Cemetery Girl; and Jeff Kinney (No. 20), creator of the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise.