If The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, and Outcast isn’t enough for you to get your Robert Kirkman fix, you can soon add Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books, to the list. AMC recently announced the latest Robert Kirkman venture for their network.
For some fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead, the fact that the series is based on a comic book series is of no consequence to them. To have read the comics beforehand is not a prerequisite to watching the popular zombie apocalypse drama. And, even if you have read the comic books the show is based on, that is no guarantee the show will follow the comic storylines. That’s not to say the producers don’t draw their inspiration from the original source materials, quite often they do. They also shake things up just enough so the comic book readers who also watch the TV adaptation are left just as clueless when it comes to events on The Walking Dead. For example (without adding spoilers), some characters who were killed early on in the TV series stayed much longer in the comic books the show is based on and vice versa. Character deaths have also been known to be swapped out between different characters on the TV show.
But what if you do watch shows like The Walking Dead, Outcast, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil just because you are a fan of comic books? Then Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books is just the thing for you!
According to the official press release from Skybound, Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books is currently the working title for this latest collaboration between Robert Kirkman and AMC. Also joining him will fellow Walking Dead executive producer, David Alpert. The six-part one-hour documentary series will “explore the stories, people, and events that have transformed the world of comic books.”
AMC will use a “distinctive filmmaker” approach to bring comic book origin stories to life as well as uncover some hidden gems that comic book fans previously did not know about. Heroes and Villains will also explore such topics in comic books and their history as pop culture, politics, race, gender, and sexuality.
“At the end of the day, I am a comic fan first and foremost. I am a lover of the medium and the stories it enables people to tell,” said Robert Kirkman, CEO of Skybound Entertainment. “I’m excited to partner with AMC once again to bring the stories of some the most influential people in comics to a television audience.”
Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books is to be executive produced by Robert Kirkman and David Alpert through Skybound Entertainment. Skybound was created by Robert Kirkman in 2010 as a way to “nurture creators and give them resources to produce content while retaining creative control of their properties.” Skybound is a multifaceted company that not only brings life to comic books such as The Walking Dead and Outcast but also collaborates on the TV shows based on those comics. The film, Air (starring Walking Dead actor, Norman Reedus), also falls under the Skybound umbrella. Skybound Entertainment’s interactive division works with gaming partners including Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Free Range Games’ Labyrinth, Night School Studios’ Oxenfree, Pipeworks’ Superfight, and Overkill’s The Walking Dead. Aside from these platforms, Skybound also produces merchandise to compliment each new venture.
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Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books is slated to premiere in 2017.
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