Rankin draws up comic plan

Crime writer Ian Rankin is turning his hand to comic books.

The Edinburgh author is to fulfil a childhood ambition by writing a graphic novel based on the adventures of John Constantine, a supernatural sleuth who investigates the paranormal.

Constantine appears in the Hellblazer comic book series and Rankin has agreed to contribute an instalment in a deal struck during an American book tour.

Rankin was reported to have said: "It is fantastic I can now do the things I wanted to do when I was ten years old.

"Most of the writing is instructions to the artist and you use very few words."

The story is set to be published next year.

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