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Indie comics news: Ridley Scott's universe, IDW's TV deal and Lion Force Comics

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Dark Horse plans Ridley Scott universe with "Fire & Stone"!

With the loss of their profitable "Star Wars" license in the immediate future, Dark Horse Comics is a company which has been rapidly altering it's structure and output to not only survive, but thrive without a large chunk of licensed property at its' beck and call. On the one hand, this has seen a revival of previous original franchises such as "Ghost" or "Concrete", or the addition of creator owned series from other publishers such as "Bloodhound". On the other hand have been the reliance on other licensed properties, such as the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" line of comics. To this end, Dark Horse have long owned the license to comics based on the "Aliens" and "Predator" film franchises; the 90's were wrought with mini-series crossovers with other characters such as Batman or Superman.

Now, the plan is to restructure these books as well as a comic based on the "Prometheus" film from 2012 to form a single, cohesive "universe of terror". This begins with the launch of four mini-series: "Predator", "Aliens", "Prometheus", and "Aliens vs. Predator" under the banner "Fire & Stone". There will then be a one-shot called "Prometheus: Omega" and the idea is to bring back these comics in a "strong" manner and form a single, cohesive universe of space horror and high body counts. "Aliens vs. Predator", "a big monster mash", will be written by Christopher Sebela, while "Prometheus" will be written by Paul Tobin. Editor-in-chief Scott Allie also notes that much like their "Buffy" books, the comics will be scripted in a "writers' room" style which appears to be akin to how DC Comics tends to write their weekly comics series.

IDW and eOne TV team up!

IDW Publishing has wasted no time putting its' media focused division, IDW Entertainment, to work. The division has announced an alliance with Entertainment One Television (eOne TV) to share the development, production, and funding chores needed to adapt any one of IDW's hundreds of original properties to the small screen. The most well known of these is "30 Days of Night" which has already seen a film adaptation.

Originally formed in 1999 as the publishing arm of "Idea and Design Works, LLC", the company has gone on to become the fifth largest comic book publisher in North America. They own the licenses to no end of popular franchises to convert into comics, including "Transformers", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "G.I. Joe", "Godzilla", "CSI", "Ghostbusters", and "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic". Entertain One TV, meanwhile, handles the international distribution of numerous scripted programs for several cable TV networks, including AMC, the Sundance Channel, and El Ray Network.

Seen in addition to BOOM! Studios recent alliance with Cartoon Network, and one can see some writing on the wall. As competitive as many "third company" publishers are, the word is out that in order to thrive in a market where Disney and Warner Brothers ultimately control most of it, ties to alternate media companies and adaptations are essential for both influence and the bottom line.

Lion Force Comics offers 1980's TV crossover!

Apparently, not all major TV licenses have been grabbed up by IDW or BOOM! Studios. To this end, Lion Force Comics have announced some major plans for licensed comic books based on some well known TV shows from the 1980's. Among them are comics based on "Airwolf" and "Knight Rider", which will collide in an "Airwolf vs. Knight Rider" crossover of cool Reagan-era super vehicles. In addition to comics based on real life figures Andre the Giant and martial artist Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, there will also be an "ultimate" version of a "Saved By the Bell" comic. It will be written by Joelle Sellner and drawn by Chynna Clugston Flores, the task will be to bring the cast of Bayside High (first introduced in 1989) into the 21st century era of cell phones, Twitter, and YouTube.

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