Summary of indie comics news from February 11th - 13th, 2013!
"The Walking Dead" returns as a walking hit!
The cable TV adaptation to Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore's hit Image Comics series, "The Walking Dead", continues to set ratings records not only for AMC, but for basic cable in general. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the mid-season return of the show last weekend brought in 12.3 million viewers upon its original airing. Not only is that a record for basic cable networks, but it is a better showing that major network series such as "Big Bang Theory", "Modern Family", "NCIS", and even some episodes of "American Idol".
Now in a third season, "The Walking Dead" has a lot of ground to cover to match the decade long domination of "Smallville" in terms of TV shows based on a comic book. However, it has made networks look outside the spandex for hits based on comics, and that is a good thing for adaptation media.
The current writer of Marvel Comics' "X-Men Legacy", Si Spurrier, is producing a new creator owned series alongside artist P.J. Holden ("2000 A.D.") with Titan Comics, the graphic novel branch of publishing giant Titan Publishing. A four issue mini series, it crosses time travel with black comedy and life-and-death peril. It follows the burly Bastard Zane as he seeks to prevent a demented mathematician from cheating his way out of death to pursue a time spanning romance. This series was actually printed in "Judge Dredd Magazine" in the U.K., but will get a fresh recoloring job for its debut in North America.
The artwork is stunning and the off the wall premise may remind some of the spirit and energy in many British comics, or in works such as "Return of the Dapper Men".
Civil rights saga begins in "March"!
Georgian congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis is uniting with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell for a trilogy of original graphic novels chronicling Lewis' struggle and career from the 1960's until now. The first volume of "March" will be 128 pages and debut on August 13th. The trades will be published by Top Shelf and while it may seem like an autobiography, some could also say the same of Art Spiegalman's classic work, "Maus".
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