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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's AMC 'Preacher' Adaptation Gets a Pilot Order

Back in February it was announced that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were developing a television adaptation of the '90s Garth Ennis comics series Preacher for AMC, and today Variety reports that the project has landed a pilot order. "Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out," said Rogen and Goldberg in a statement. "Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it's an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it." In addition to writing the script, Rogen and Goldberg will also direct the pilot and serve as co-executive producers alongside former [...]

Talking to Cartoonist Rich Stevens About His Comic Strip, 'Diesel Sweeties'

Rich Stevens’s comic strip Diesel Sweeties is an odd creation. An online strip with pixelated artwork, it features a strange cast of characters including an emotional robot, an ex-pornstar, and various humans, cats, and mechanical devices. He’s also the man behind merchandise including a “Fuck This” ice scraper and a mug “What Do We Want? Coffee. When Do We Want It? I’ll Fucking Cut You!”

Since 2000, he’s been making daily comics for the web about veganism, music, technology, and celebrating and eviscerating hipsters before the term was widely used. He has a new book just out, Bacon is a Vegetable; Coffee is a Vitamin, and I [...]

Paul Feig Is Overseeing the New Animated 'Peanuts' Movie

It was announced last year that 20th Century Fox is making a new CGI 3D movie based on Charles Schulz's comic strip Peanuts, and today, Deadline reports that Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig is overseeing and producing the film.

A November 6, 2015, release date has been set for the film, which will be directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears A Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift) and the script was written by Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano. Craig and Bryan are Charles Schulz's son and grandson, respectively. "Growing up, Peanuts was my Star Wars,” said Feig. “Charles Schulz’s characters influenced everything [...]

Here's What a 'Calvin and Hobbes' Animated Series Would Look Like

Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Waterston has always been vehemently opposed to turning his beloved comic strip into an animated series – or repurposing it for any medium – but animator Adam Brown (Ugly Americans) made this short video, which gives an idea of what a Calvin and Hobbes show would look like. Brown commented on YouTube that he'd try to make more of these videos, which is great news as long as Bill Waterston doesn't catch wind of it. He should at least appreciate that the video is very respectful and loyal to his work  and a hell of a lot better than those "peeing Calvin" car decals.

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Leave Bill Watterson Alone

Dear Mr. Watterson is a documentary project that explores cartoonist Bill Watterson, his timeless comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, and their impact on culture. Celebrities like Seth Green and Bill Amend are interviewed, as are appreciative fans, many of whom have grown up with a deep admiration for Calvin and Hobbes. And while the film's synopsis promises that it is “not a quest to find Watterson, who prefers his privacy,” I find that assurance unlikely. After all, the project is named Dear Mr. Watterson, not A Film Where We Talk About How Great Calvin and Hobbes Is. But I can’t blame the filmmakers for hoping to reach [...]

Comedy and Comic Books with Andrés du Bouchet

If you listen closely to the lead track of Andrés du Bouchet’s new album, 20-Sided Guy, you’ll likely pick out my obnoxious cackle. I was lucky enough to be present at the RIOT LA comedy fest this past January where du Bouchet recorded the track “To Victory!” which is a monologue delivered in character as a medieval general and which my friends have nearly gotten sick of hearing me talk about. Du Bouchet recorded all 16 tracks on the new album at different venues, adding yet another layer to the multi-faceted nature of his work, his high-concept, one-man-show-esque character pieces. This approach to comedy has also served du Bouchet [...]

Lena Dunham Is Writing a Four-Part 'Archie Comics' Miniseries

Girls star/creator Lena Dunham is getting ready to write her first comic book. Publisher Archie Comics announced today that they've hired Dunham to write a four-issue Archie miniseries that's expected to come out next year. There aren't any details on what Dunham's Archie comic will be about, but she said in the press release, "I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity." Archie Comics boss Roberta Aguirre-Sacasa added, "Lena’s take [...]

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Archie Comics Writer Dan Parent

This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, Jeff talks to Dan Parent, a comic book writer and artist probably best known for his work with Archie Comics. He talks to him about Kevin Keller, the first gay character in the Archie universe and a character that Dan pitched, the different universes of Archie Comics, what it's like at the Kubert school, and what we can expect from the upcoming Archie movie.

"As a kid you think it is cool, because you see this nerdy guy being chased after by these gorgeous girls, and you can't figure out why. It's also that idyllic way to grow up. You [...]

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Marvel Comics Historian Sean Howe

This week on the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin show, Jeff is joined by Sean Howe, author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.

They talk about how Sean Howe managed to research his book, the influence of Stan Lee vs. Jack Kirby, how Marvel Comics became so popular in the 60's and how they are now doing the same with their cinematic universe.

"Maybe the biggest controversy in the history of Marvel is the discussion of whether Stan Lee was the genius or Jack Kirby was the genius, or said in another way: did Stan Lee totally swipe all of Jack Kirby's ideas? I think that is an overstatement, [...]

"Marmaduke, no!": Mocking the Not-so-Great Dane

Since 1954, Brad Anderson’s single panel comic Marmaduke has graced newspapers across the country with the misadventures of the Winslow family’s Great Dane, Marmaduke. Each and every Marmaduke strip boils down to the same joke:

Marmaduke is a large dog that does whatever he wants, much to the chagrin of everyone ever.

That’s the comedic foundation for a strip that has run for over half a century. Everyone responds angrily to Marmaduke’s actions, often with an infuriated variation of “Marmaduke! You’re a dog! Yet you’re acting like a human! But you’re not! You’re a dog!” Regardless of the specifics, the non-Marmaduke characters are always either annoyed or, if they’re lucky, merely curious about [...]

Lena Dunham Tells Jimmy Kimmel About Her New Gig Writing 'Archie Comics'

Earlier this year it was reported that Lena Dunham had signed on to write a four-part Archie miniseries set to come out sometime next year, and on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live she gave some hints of what we can expect from her "feminist update" of the Archie world, including the introduction of reality shows to Riverdale and Dunham giving an honest effort "trying not to show breasts."

AMC Developing 'Preacher' TV Adaptation Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

According to EW, a TV version of the 1990s comics series Preacher is currently being developed by AMC with Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) on board as executive producer and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg attached to produce and write the pilot. "This is amazing!" Rogen and Goldberg said in a statement released today. "We've tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we're so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we're going to do everything we can to make it right. Humperdoo!" Click through to read AMC's official description of the show as well as a statement from [...]

Watch a Trailer for the 'Calvin and Hobbes' Documentary 'Dear Mr. Watterson'

Here's the trailer for Dear Mr. Watterson, an upcoming documentary exploring the impact of Bill Watterson's 1985-1995 comic strip Calvin & Hobbes. After working on it for six years, filmmaker Joel Schroeder raised funds to finish the project via Kickstarter last year. It was announced yesterday that the movie will be debuting in theaters and on demand November 15th.

Chris Ware's 'Building Stories': Finding Joy in the Most Unexpected Places

No one seems to think Chris Ware is very funny these days.

Judging by most of the reviews of his recent Building Stories — a graphic novel comprised of fourteen differently shaped comics packaged into a fifty-dollar, several-pound box — Ware has tapped directly into the goopy primordial stuff of human misery. At its simplest, Building Stories is about the inhabitants of three apartments in a Chicago three-flat near Humboldt Park, and about how their lives intersect and then break away from each other.

It has no set beginning or end, and the reader controls how to move through the narrative. In this way, the book plays with [...]