I wasn't sure where to post this, but I have a couple of questions about copyright law regarding written and illustrated works.

If I traditionally publish a novel and maintain the copyright, can I adapt that novel into a graphic novel with the intention of traditionally publishing it?

Also, could I adapt the traditionally published novel into a Webtoon and receive revenue from the comic?

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When you "sell" your novel to a publisher, you are settling the rights to publish that text, in specific language, into a specific market, like English language rights in North America.

Since you retain the copyright of the story, you are free to redevelop that story in new formats -- stage script, screen play, comic book.

Conceptually, a publish might have some interest in restricting these other expressions of the story, but they would have to be spelled out in your contract with the publisher.

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