Rights Available! 'Dungeons & Dragons' Creator's Rise to Gaming Fame Explored in Graphic Novel

David Kushner's 'Rise of the Dungeon Master' and J.D. Vance's memoir 'Hillbilly Elegy' and are both ripe for optioning.
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'Rise of the Dungeon Master' by David Kushner

Rise of the Dungeon Master (Nation, May 9) by David Kushner

Agency: The Gotham Group

This graphic novel follows Gary Gygax, the imaginative misfit who created Dungeons & Dragons in his basement, then faced a broken friendship and backlash from morally outraged parents as his fantasy role-playing game became a worldwide obsession.

Hillbilly Elegy (Harper, 2016) by J.D. Vance

Agency: WME

This timely memoir, a No. 1 New York Times best-seller, has been cited to help explain the outcome of the 2016 election. The former Marine and Yale Law grad uses his childhood in Rust Belt Ohio and Appalachia to depict the plight of the white working class.

This story first appeared in the Feb. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.