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Check Out the 'Locke and Key' Trailer and Mourn What Could Have Been

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 25th 2011 11:45AM
You might not want to watch this TV trailer, because it might make you too sad about what could have been.

'Some Guy' recently uploaded a professional-looking trailer for the Fox pilot 'Locke and Key,' and the two-minute Vimeo trailer is more intriguing than many full-blown drama pilots for the new season (yes, 'Grimm,' I'm looking at you). Sadly, 'Locke and Key,' which is based on an acclaimed graphic novel series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, was not picked by Fox for the new season.

I was able to see the full pilot for the project at Comic-Con, and it was a bittersweet experience -- as a fan of the graphic novels, I thought the director, Mark Romanek, and writer, 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' scribe Josh Friedman, did an especially sensitive and intelligent job of adapting this eerie haunted house tale. It was a drag to contemplate that this compelling project didn't get picked up to series.

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AMC to bring The Walking Dead to TV

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 12th 2009 3:10PM
The Walking DeadNow that the world's collective pre-teen subconscious has been thoroughly distracted by vampires with glittering skin or charming Southern accents, AMC is sneakily bringing back some zombie love. According to Variety, the comic series created by writer Robert Kirkman and illustrator Tony Moore, The Walking Dead, is coming to AMC. Bonus: Frank Darabont will be writing and directing.

It's about time! Let's give the blood suckers a break and revisit some good ol' brain eaters, shall we?

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A new Heroes webcomic is on its way

by Richard Keller, posted May 23rd 2008 8:01AM

Heroes returns to webcomic form this summer.A long time ago, on an Internet far, far, away, the creators of the NBC series Heroes decided that a weekly webcomic series would coincide perfectly with the show they were producing. I mean, Heroes is about superheroes. So, during the first season of the show, a different artist penned a short webcomic (about five pages long) that focused on the background of one of the characters, or introduced a new character not seen on the television show. Eventually, all 34 chapters of this webcomic were collected and sold as a graphic novel. All was good in the galaxy.

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Tek Jansen comics are coming

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 4th 2007 6:41PM

tek jansenAnnie told you not long ago that Oni Press wanted to create a comic book series based on Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen character. Well, it looks like it's actually going to happen. Indie Comics News has an audio interview with artist Scott Chantler about the upcoming five-issue series.

Chantler states that the comic series will be a little "less goofy" than the animated shorts featured on The Colbert Report, but it doesn't sound as if the comics will stray too far from the basic idea of Tek Jansen being an idiot in super hero clothing. In the first issue, Tek manages to turn a peaceful visit from aliens into an all out intergalactic war.

Chantler is a freelance commercial illustrator who's previously worked for such clients as McDonald's and Reebok.

[via CC Insider]

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Angel fans may finally get closure with new comic books

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 19th 2007 2:01PM

AngelI would never have seen a single episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel if I hadn't recently lived with some friends who were huge fans of both series. I could never get into Buffy, but I did like Angel, and was more than a little perturbed to find out the series ended abruptly with no real resolution at all.

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Celebrities sign up for animated series on Spike

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 31st 2006 1:29PM
samuel l jacksonSamuel L. Jackson, Ron Perlman, and Kelly Hu have signed on to voice characters in the upcoming animated series, Afro Samurai on Spike. Jackson is also executive producing the project, which is based on a graphic novel by Takashi Okazaki about a black Samurai's quest to find the man who killed his father. Jackson will voice the lead character, while Perlman will voice the villain he seeks. Perlman, by the way, is the guy who played the title character in Hellboy and the Beast in the television series, Beauty and the Beast. Hu plays Okiku, a friend from the samurai's past. She played the female version of Wolverine in X2: X-Men United. The RZA is creating original music for the series.

Spike has ordered five episodes of Afro Samurai. They begin airing January 4th.

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Two Hellboy movies coming to Toonami

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 16th 2006 11:04AM
hellboyListen up, fans of comic books and comic book movies: two animated movies that will serve as continuations of both the Hellboy comic and the feature film are slated to appear on Cartoon Network's Toonami block in 2006 and 2007. The first, titled Hellboy: Sword of Storms, will air on Toonami October 28 at 9:30 pm. The second movie, Hellboy: Blood and Iron, is set for sometime in 2007. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm really excited about this, or rather, I would be if I actually read those comic books or ever saw the live-action movie, which I haven't. But hey, I relay this information to you out of pure, unconditional love. Damn straight. The new animated film will also include several people involved with the live-action feature film: Ron Pearlman, Selma Blair and Doug Jones will voice their characters from the original movie. Screenwriter Mike Mignola, who created Hellboy and co-wrote the first movie has also co-written the animated versions, and director Guillermo Del Toro will serve as creative producer along with Mignola.

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Heroes comic online at NBC

by Brett Love, posted Sep 26th 2006 7:08PM
Suresh - HeroesThe internet just keeps playing an increasingly important role for the networks and their television shows. Heroes is no exception. NBC now has "Graphic Novel One: Monsters" up on their Heroes site. It's a short Suresh story that gives a little more background on his character, and his father. Nothing ground breaking or too spoilery, but interesting nonetheless.

The comic is available as a downloadable PDF, or an interactive Flash version. While the story is short, and the Nissan ad a little tedious, it is a beautiful high resolution comic. And an interesting bit of TV related trivia for you... One of the people behind the comic is Michael Turner, the co-creator of Witchblade, which you may remember from its short live-action run on TNT. It also features Crossing Jordan writer Aron Coleite.

Along with the comic, the Heroes site also has a nice collection of interviews with the cast and crew. Sections for games and downloads are reportedly coming soon.

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Get Seth Cohen's comic on your phone

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 10th 2006 11:19AM
seth cohen; atomic countySeth Cohen's graphic novel is jumping off the small screen and onto an even smaller one. Seth's character on The O.C. created a graphic novel based on his family and friends, called Atomic County. That comic has been turned into a cartoon and will be available to Verizon wireless customers. The premise of the 14-episode series is that someone stole Seth's drawings and then the drawings come to life. The animated shorts will last three minutes. In addition, subscribers will get behind-the-scenes video and bloopers of The O.C.

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Blade: The Series in production

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 21st 2006 12:32PM

kirk jonesBlade: The Series, which we've mentioned a few times in the past, is finally in production for Spike TV with a premiere set for July 5 (but don't forget the "real" two-hour premiere on June 28). Confusing enough for you? Okay, good. The new series will be based on the comic book about a half-man half-vampire who battles evil creatures of the night. The two-hour "kick off" will focus on Blade's new partnership with a human woman mired in the world of vampires as she investigates the death of her twin brother. Ooh, sounds dramatic and suspenseful and all that stuff. Okay, so I'm not big into the whole "vampire" thing, but what about the rest of you? Anyone excited about this?

 

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