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This week, we examine intellectual properties that should have a comic book based on them.

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  1. 1. Harry Potter – Really? How did this not make anyone’s list? So many stories ripe for telling – Marauders era, Dumbledore’s younger years, the Founders era, etc. Plus, the visual nature of the series I think would lend itself really well to the medium of comic books.

    2. Chronicle – One of the few superhero properties that doesn’t have a comic associated with it. What does Matt do with his powers after promising to use his powers for good? I doubt Chronicle is getting a sequel after how hard Trank’s Fant4stic flopped, so why not tell the story in comic form?

    3. Super Mario Bros. – I know there were some strips in Nintendo Power magazine, but I don’t know that there’s ever been an actual ongoing series. The biggest video game franchise of all time would make a great all-ages comic.

    4. American Gods – Huge, expansive world with rich, diverse characters? Check. Being adapted into a prime time TV series? Check. Neil Gaiman? Check. We’re not exactly reinventing the wheel here.

    5. The Girl With All the Gifts – Mike Carey is a comic writer anyway, so why not let him expand on his amazing novel in comic form. How did things get so bad? Where did whatever caused people to become hungries come from? What did humanity do to fight back? What happens to Miss Justineau and Melanie after the book? I, for one, would read the heck out of it.

  2. Frederick Pagliarulo on

    Critical Hit is a property that truly deserves a comic book. The story is already written, so it would just be a matter of story boarding, drawing, and inking this epic. Imagine the visuals of the towers rising in Four against the Void, the meeting with the gods in Celestial Crusade, the vivid colors of the Feywild in Lords of the Feywild, and all the weird vertices in Legacy of Ghosts! Oh if only I had ANY drawing skills at all, I’d be ALL over that project. :(

  3. Christopher Sheehy on

    The world of TTRPGs is absolutely ripe with comic potential! Obviously, some already exist, like Dungeons and Dragons or Vampire: the Masquerade. But there’s plenty of Tabletop RPGs out there (both in the mainstream and indie spheres) that would adapt really well, that I think the cast are familiar with too. The two primary ones that come to mind that Rodrigo knows are Shadowrun and Dogs in the Vineyard.

    In addition, I recently started reading Glen Cook’s The Black Company. That would be awesome as a comic.

  4. I don’t have 5 but there is one and only one thing i’d like to see in comic book form…

    Mr. Robot!!!

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