With the very cool news that Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising has been optioned for television (and that could be a great show that I would LOVE to see) I started thinking about other indie properties (most with complex female characters) I’d love to see optioned for television as either an ongoing or a mini-series. With the advent of shortened series – Netflix’s House of Cards, AMC’s Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Killing all run only 13 episodes (typically) – we’re seeing a rash of new thinking in quality over quantity, which is good for a lot of comic book properties with world building or effects issues. Most of the best shows out there right now run short seasons: Showtime’s Homeland has 12 per season. Game of Thrones and Newsroom are only 10! The Walking Dead began with a 6-episode half season, then moved to a “full” 13, and for its last season delivered 16 – but still short of the formerly typical 22-episode season. Add to that a rash of recent high-quality mini-series like HBO’s six-part Mildred Pierce or Sundance’s 7-part Top of The Lake and we’re in a really interesting period of television where we’re seeing a huge uptick in great TV that equal some bold choices in both content and in the way that content is delivered. All of it makes me optimistic that smart comics properties that might have been a tough sell even a couple years ago might be more viable now. So what are five at the top of my list? Glad you asked!
Inside this episode! Reviews of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s Powers: Bureau #1 as well as DC’s Katana #1 by Ann Nocenti and Andy Sanchez. We also spend a good amount of time talking about the end of Death Of The Family (spoilers, ahoy!) as well as the (totally unrelated) Orson Scott Card situation. To cleanse our palates we then interview the delightful Terry Moore, about Rachel Rising, the 20th Anniversary of Strangers In Paradise, what digital comics have meant for indie comics, and how he came to build Abstract Studios.
Here are the breaks:
Review of Powers: Bureau #1 – 00:53
Review of Katana #1 – 12:40
Hot Topics (Death of the Family, The Card Conundrum) – 25:00
Interview with Terry Moore! – 55:19
Hodgepodge Talk! – 1:47:45
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*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question! Advance reviews are always spoiler-free!