10 Comic Books That Need a TV Series

ABC/Bob D'Amico
The cast of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

Comic books have been dominating the movie theaters for the last several years. Now they've set out to conquer television. DC Comics made the initial incursion into live action television with the successful Smallville series; they followed up with Arrow, and have announced that new shows about the Flash and Gotham City's Commissioner Gordon are in the works. Marvel Comics, not wanting to be left out of the loop, premièred its new show Agents of SHIELD last week. Marvel has also announced that it's working on a new show featuring Captain America's WW2 girlfriend, Sharon Carter.

What these series have in common is an emphasis on humanity over superheroics. While a superhero movie can afford to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on spectacular visual effects and set pieces of enormous scope, a television show does not have that luxury. The necessity of creating a new story every week on a limited budget means that any comic series must be more limited in scope. With that in mind, here are 10 comic books that could easily be adapted into great television shows.

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Thrilling Adventure Hour Heads to San Diego Comic-Con With Kickstarter-Funded Comic Book

Categories: Comics, Geekery

Courtesy of Archaia

Ben Blacker had just arrived at San Diego Comic-Con when we met. The writer was preparing for a whirlwind of events surrounding Thrilling Adventure Hour, the live show he created with Ben Acker eight years ago. There's a signing, an official Comic-Con panel and four sold-out evening performances of the stage show that's captivated live audiences in Los Angeles and Nerdist podcast listeners worldwide.

Inspired by radio drama, Thrilling Adventure Hour has everything a genre entertainment–loving, pop culture fanatic could want. Tales of science fiction, mystery and, of course, adventure unfold with help from a cast -- known as the Workjuice Players -- that includes cult TV stars like John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time) and James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros.). Their roster of past guest stars -- including Patton Oswalt, Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion -- reads like a who's who of geek-world icons. Despite the cred, Thrilling Adventure Hour hasn't had a presence at SDCC until this year.

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17 Must-Attend Events at San Diego Comic-Con 2013

Shannon Cottrell.
Slideshow: The Pop Culture Cosplayers of Comic-Con

The biggest pop culture convention in the country will lumber its way into San Diego next weekend. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world will pour into Southern California to celebrate their obsessions with their like-minded peers. If you are one of those lucky people who will be making the pilgrimage to Nerd Mecca, here are 17 panels that you should not miss if you can help it.

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Mike Mignola on Hellboy 3, Sending the Character to Hell, and If He'll End Up There, Too

Categories: Comics, Interviews

Courtesy of Dark Horse
Mike Mignola's Hellboy
Let's just get this out of the way: Renowned comic book creator Mike Mignola has no earthly idea if Hollywood will ever get around to making Hellboy 3, the third cinematic portrayal of his signature red-skinned character. It's a question that the 52-year-old artist and scribe will get hit with often at various events, and we're certain that fanboys and geeks alike will be asking it during Mignola's visit to this weekend's Phoenix Comicon, where he'll appear from Friday through Sunday.

Frankly, he's pretty resigned to the fact that Hellboy 3 may never become a reality, although he'd love to see it happen, and told Jackalope Ranch as much during a phone interview earlier this week. We also discussed the ongoing Hellboy in Hell series, which debuted last year and damned the loveable humanoid demon and his "Right Hand of Doom" into Hades and, thus, a whole new direction for the character. Mignola gushed about his excitement over getting to explore a whole new world and how he anticipates adapting different folkloric portrayals of Hell for future issues, whenever he gets around to turning them out.

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- Phoenix Comicon Announces Comic Book Legends as 2013 Guests
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She's Back! Allie Brosh's Webcomic Hyperbole and a Half Returns After a Long Hiatus

Categories: Comics

Ever since Allie Brosh and her webcomic Hyperbole and a Half dropped off the face of the Internet more than a year ago, we've been twiddling our thumbs, attempting to find similar webcomics (her friend Matthew Inman creates a pretty good, and wildly successful one called The Oatmeal), and putting her return on our wish lists.

And this morning, we received very good news.

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- The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman on Webcomics, Cereal, and His Upcoming Visit to Changing Hands
- 10 Must-See Events at Phoenix Comicon 2013

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Your Guide to Free Comic Book Day in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Comics

Courtesy of Ash Avenue Comics.
Get ready.

Comic book geeks of Metro Phoenix better get plenty of sleep on Friday night, not to mention waiting until Sunday to check out Iron Man 3. That's because Saturday, May 4, gonna be a red-letter day that's like a ink-stained, pulp-filled, four-color mashup of Phoenix Comicon, Halloween, and Christmastime. The annual celebration of Free Comic Book Day will be happening at retail shops both locally and nationwide.

And thanks to a bit of calendar synchronicity, Intergalactic Star Wars Day (a.k.a. "May the Fourth Be With You") also falls on Saturday. The upshot of which for fans of the saga is that many local nerd-related businesses will feting both occasions. We've scoured pretty much every collectors den, comic shop, and geek havens in town and have a comprehensive list of what you can expect this weekend. Consider it a rehearsal for Comicon.

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- 7 Favorite Comic Book Shops in Phoenix
- Phoenix Comicon Announces Sci-Fi Sirens and Comic Book Legends for 2013
- All About Books and Comics Hosts a Celebration of the First Gay Comic Book Wedding

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10 Awesome Aziz Ansari GIFS

Categories: Comedy, Comics, Fun

Wait. You got your Aziz Ansari tix already, right? Good. 'Cause his Buried Alive Tour stops at Comerica Theatre on May 5. Ready for the pre-party? Here it goes: 10 GIFS of our favorite swagtastic comedian, Yeezy sidekick, and Parks and Recreation character. (Deal with it, Swansonians.) That one up there? That's a bonus GIF, from us to you, boo.

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- 30 Minutes or Less Plays It Too Safe
- Rashida Jones Steps Out on Her Own

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Tempe Zine Convention III -- It's Like Comic-Con Plus an Open Mic

Categories: Comics, Literary

Heather Hoch
Blurring the lines between fine art, poetry and naughty comics, the Tempe Zine Con featured nearly 20 entries from local artists and writers.

Down at the Bayou, a house in the "Hipster Compton" section of Tempe just west of the ASU campus, a small crowd of fashionable, attractive young artists gathered in the brick shed to share their zines, drink some beer and take turns listening and reading their work.

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- Aaron Johnson's Zine Collection
- Creators of Ziindi Zine Open 1Spot, a Native Contemporary Art Gallery on Roosevelt Row

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Cartoonist Lynda Barry's The Unthinkable Mind Class Syllabus Available Online

Categories: Comics

Welcome back to Explicitly Graphic, a monthly column by Cynthia Clark Harvey (who's working on a graphic novel of her own). From time to time, Harvey will review graphic novels, talk to artists, and dive into the scene of all things explicitly graphic. Today, she talks about Lynda Barry's university cartooning class with an online syllabus.

Cartoonist Lynda Barry is encouraging us to do the unthinkable.

For years, Barry has taught a workshop called Writing the Unthinkable. Now she's teaching an interdisciplinary Art/Science/English class, The Unthinkable Mind.

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- Chris Ware's Graphic Novel Building Stories is an Unfolding, Inspiring Narrative
- University of Chicago's "Comics: Philosophy & Practice" was an Academic-omicon
- Sketchy Stuff: A Resource Guide to Drawing Opportunities, Workshops, and Classes in Phoenix

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Amazing Arizona Comic Con Brings Marvel's Stan Lee and DC Comic's Jim Lee to Phoenix in January

Categories: Comics

Amazing Arizona Comic Convention
Editor's note: Amazing Arizona Comic Con has announced that because of an illness, Stan Lee will not be appearing.

Remember when comic books cost a dime and you would rush the newsstand every Friday after school for some weekend reading? Batman, Superman and Spider-Man were the big ones, but there were also Tales from the Dark Side, G.I. Joe and probably something about zombies.

Well, those days are gone. The reality is that comic books have become big business, practically overshadowing the larger-than-life characters filling the pulpy pages.

The third annual Amazing Arizona Comic Con returns to Phoenix January 25-27 featuring two of the men most responsible for elevating comic books in the literary world: Marvel Comics founder and creator Stan Lee, and DC Comics mastermind Jim Lee (no relation).

See also:
- Phoenix Comicon Announces First Wave of Guests for 2013, Including J. Michael Straczynski and the Cast of Babylon 5
- The 13 Best One-Liners of William Shatner

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