"As soon as I saw (Fillion) in the flak jacket that said 'WRITER,' I was like, 'All right, I'm in. You've got me."

USA Today published an article on there site about the the first Derrick Storm graphic novel.
Read the entire article here:
When it comes to books, Richard Castle is killer.
With two best sellers under his belt, the fictional novelist already has the kind of track record that some real-life writers would kill for. But he's now taking aim at another literary world: graphic novels.
Out in comic shops and bookstores Wednesday from Marvel Comics, Castle: Richard Castle's Deadly Storm stars Derrick Storm, the square-jawed, charismatic private eye who tumbles into a world of global intrigue with the CIA in his first adventure. He also is the literary hero who has been talked about many, many times by his creator, mystery novelist Richard Castle, as played by Nathan Fillion on the ABC drama Castle.
Deadly Storm also is available on the Marvel Comics app, marking the first time in North America an original graphic novel has been released digitally on the same day.
The graphic novel is the latest effort to bring more of the show's fictional world to its fans. In the TV series (now in its fourth season), Castle is partnered with Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) to solve crimes, and in turn, he uses her as a basis for his Nikki Heat books.
Those moments from the show come alive on the pages of the novels, 2009's Heat Wave and 2010's Naked Heat, both of which made appearances on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list. A new novel, Heat Rises, was released by Hyperion last week and is now No. 5 on the USA TODAY list. (The author who actually writes as "Richard Castle" is a closely guarded secret.)
It's a shining example of corporate synergy: ABC, Hyperion and Marvel are owned by Disney. And the true brains behind Castle, show creator Andrew Marlowe, says that doing a Derrick Storm graphic novel allowed them to dig into Castle's "earlier works" in a different way.
But he doesn't want to do spinoffs for spinoffs' sake. "We're looking to actually expand the Castle world and bring experiences to the audience that they're really, really going to enjoy," Marlowe says.There's a definite connection between the TV show Castle and comic books. Fillion is a self-admitted comic geek, and on Monday's episode, the graphic novel factored into the plot of a case involving a vigilante dressed up as a superhero.
Paired with artist Lan Medina, comic veterans Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick were the writers assigned to bring the novel Deadly Storm to paneled life.
A Castle devotee, DeConnick jokes that she was "petulant" when her friend Bendis received the gig before he brought her on board.
"I'm a mother of two small children. I don't get to watch a lot of television," says DeConnick, wife of fellow comic-book scribe Matt Fraction. (She makes time for only two TV shows: Castle and the USA cable series White Collar.)
"We're a geek household. As soon as I saw (Fillion) in the flak jacket that said 'WRITER,' I was like, 'All right, I'm in. You've got me.'"
Deadly Storm marks the first time DeConnick has tackled the spy genre: In the story, Derrick Storm partners with CIA agent Clara Strike to track down a rogue operative in a mission that stretches from America to Nicaragua.
Strong, interesting women are a strength of the show, DeConnick says, and she brought that to her writing, too. A redheaded cop named Pumpkin Merunka, who takes down Storm with one punch, is named for DeConnick's great aunt.
"She's this tough old broad from Connecticut, and she sounds like a pack of cigarettes," DeConnick says. "This is the only thing I've ever done that has genuinely impressed my family. Friends of my mother's contacted me on Facebook, and my mom was super-psyched. My dad loves the show, so he was freaking out."
There's a similar Castle/Beckett dynamic from the show in the novel's Storm and Strike, Marlowe says, plus a great sense of Castle's self-deprecation. "It captured both the spirit of who Castle is on the show and the spirit of his prose in the Nikki Heat novels."
Having books and graphic novels was always in Marlowe's mind when pitching the show. He put all that on the back burner as he tried to get it on the air, but when Castle began to gain a strong following, Marlowe decided to revisit those ideas.
And with the "hyper-competitive nature of television," he's all too willing to have fun with Castle's characters, whether on the page or the screen, if it means entertaining viewers.
"The deeper and richer you can make the audience experience for the show," Marlowe says, "the more loyal your audience is going to be.
If you haven't done already, buy the Derrick Storm graphic novel here: Amazon
And if you read it, share your toughts on it in a previous post here: Do I look like a killer to you? A Deadly Storm review 
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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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