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You Decide – What Acclaimed Cable Drama Would You Like to See Continue as a Comic Book?

With the release this week of Dexter #1 from Marvel, we figured it’d be interesting to see what other acclaimed cable dramas you folks think would work best as a comic book series!

Read on for the options!


I don’t care for adaptations, but I’m sure there could be some clever parody/variant covers based on these series.

Isn’t “Downton Abbey” on PBS? Does that really count as a cable network show?

I love a /lot/ of these series, but none of the above.

People trying to write comics like they’re TV shows is one of my biggest pet peeves in comics. It’s why I can’t stand Robert Kirkman and get frustrated with a lot of Brian K. Vaughan stuff.

Actually, put me down for “Other: John From Cincinnati.” Going off of where it ended that could make a pretty good transition into comic-booky-ness, and I’d love to see a writer try to imitate Milch’s dialogue.

What about the short-lived HBO series, Carnivale? That show got cancelled just as it was getting REALLY good. Would have loved to see it continued as a comic or graphic novel series.

I voted for Mad Men, because, imagine: Regular artists (rotating between arcs) would be Mike + Laura Allred and Marcos Martin. Occasional special issues by Jonathan Hickman, Jim Steranko, Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mazzuchelli, and Stuart Immonen.

Wasn’t The Shield already a comic?

Also, I tend to agree with the none option. Great TV shows (often like great comics) are such a weird alchemy of a bunch of people who have figured out how to make the medium work for them that the magic rarely survives the transition to another one. The best of the best usually have the strong personality of a specific showrunner behind them.

I mean, if David Simon wrote a The Wire miniseries, I’d certainly at least give it a look, but say, the Buffy comics seem to consistently lag behind the show’s quality for me, even though Whedon’s involved and approves everything.

I think “the book is (almost) always better” is really a microcosm of “the original medium is (almost) always better.

I was going to go with None of the Above, because I either didn’t really feel that these would lend themselves well to comics, or that they feel self-contained enough that there would be much point in telling new stories.

But then I noticed Deadwood on the list, and that I could see as having some real potential.

It doesn’t surprise me that Six Feet Under is ranking so low; that may be my favorite of the shows listed, but a comic book based on it would be a truly terrible idea.

I second Mike’s suggestion of Carnivale!

And throw in my own of Dead Like Me. If you’re going to take something to comics, you should really take advantage of the fact you could explore the world of this series way better than its own meagre TV budget could have.

The other issue with Six Feet Under is that we know how it all ends for everyone (same with The Shield). Takes some of the suspense out of it when you know exactly what happens to everyone (though if you wanted to fill the space of what happens to everyone in-between it happening it may work).

To me, this works best if there’s something fantastical about the series itself. Dead Like Me would work for that as there’s a whole reaper world there.

Why are there shows on here (Mad Men, Justified, Breaking Bad) that haven’t even ended yet?

What, no Walking Dead? I personally would love to see the comic book adaptation of the television adaptation of the Walking Dead comic book, and then I would like to see this adaptation optioned for a pilot. The adaptation process is a slow one of refinement. Only after numerous adaptations can a property achieve its ideal form. As a Hollywood executive, I know this to be true.

Also: not cable but… Twin Peaks, cmon.

Cass: Having read the Piers Anthony novelization of Total Recall (based, of course, on a Philip K. Dick short story), I know this to be true.

I’d just like to see Deadwood continued. I don’t care if it’s puppet theater, I want more!

Also, I’d like to see a Pushing Daisies comic book to finish that series up. I have a vague recollection of DC having the rights to make one, but I believe that was in the days when the internet was on parchment and moths have eaten any record of this news in the ensuing centuries.

Maybe United States of Tara?

Love MAD MEN and THE WIRE, but they’ve had a chance to tell their stories.

Both DEADWOOD and TERRIERS were cut short. It seems like Western stories are a better fit for the comics medium than neo-noir.

Why are there shows on here (Mad Men, Justified, Breaking Bad) that haven’t even ended yet?

The comic that inspired this, Dexter, has also not ended. Being finished is not a requirement.

I think the tricky part is, you can adapt comic material to the big or small screen easily enough because art is a bit fluid and you can often find an actor who looks close enough for the role. But when adapting something from the big or small screen to comics, people want to visualize the specific actors. If the art doesn’t look like it’s featuring the specific actors, it seems off; however, most artists can’t pull off drawing near exact likenesses of actors while at the same time conveying action; it comes across looking like a bunch of still photos instead. That’s probably one reason why comics based on toys tend to ensure longer than comics based on shows and movies: it’s easier for comics to seem more animated than the doll, and if there’s an animated series, it’s easier than with real humans to get the comic art and cartoon art to match up.

Maybe the trick if you’re going to adapt TV, is to adapt cartoons, despite there being few new ones in recent years. You could probably get into some pretty bizarre stuff adapting Turbo Teen, for example. Tell the artist to go nuts showing the teen turning into a sports car.

I agree with Cass. An ongoing series following the events of Twin Peaks would be great. I just desperately want answers to so many questions that the movie just added instead of answering.

The shield. Biased because I have actually been working on scripts for a Season 8 set in comics as a lot of characters are still around at the end and stories to tell. Probably wont get hits on my pitch and will end up glorified fan fiction but still!

**Farscape seemed to be plodding along in comic form for a while but I think it’s fizzled out.

**Breaking Bad would be a terrible idea given what I think is going to happen to most of the characters. A comic series set DURING the series though might be interesting. They’ve done a few cutaway vignettes in live action that fit into this mould, so comics wouldn’t be too much of a stretch.

**Babylon 5 — Seems like a no-brainer to me but apparently JMS only wants to do big movies or big TV with this property. Equally head-scratching when you consider that JMS *likes* writing comics.

Write-in vote for Max Headroom.

As much as I loved “The Sopranos” and currently “Breaking Bad” I’d prefer the creator’s end the show and that’s that. Chase ended “The Sopranos”, there should be no further stories and the way “Breaking Bad” is going, when it ends it should be over. I get so tired with this attitude by fans that shows, or books, or comics or movies should drag on and on. If the creator’s of said fictional works wish to end, we as the audience should respect their wishes. We have the material they gave us, let’s let that be enough.

Not a cable show, but I wish Dark Horse had jumped on a “Sarah Connor Chronicles” continuation since they have (or had?) the Terminator license.

Theonly one of those I’ve been watching is Justified and I would rather it was continued as a TV series

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