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Here's something I used to do on Usenet, and I'm bringing it back.  My audience is smaller now, so I'll try and promote this somehow, because I want to hear what lots of people think...

The 196O's were the heyday of the TV show tie-in comic book.  And even though many companies produced TV tie-ins, the clear leader was Gold Key/Western.  And their general rule was to wait until a TV show made it into it's second season before licensing it, because then the show had a proven track record.*  Sure, this meant that sometimes another publisher (like Western's former partner Dell) might steal a hit away from them, but it usually worked out.

The TV networks had their upfronts this week, so now we know which shows are coming back next season.  So what I'm going to do is list all the returning fiction shows (on the major networks) that haven't been adapted to comics yet, and you can chime in and say which ones you would like to see as comic books, or that you would think would make a good comic book... (The list is broken down by network, simply to organize it a bit.)

NBC
30 Rock
Community
Friday Night Lights
Law & Order: SVU
The Office
Parenthood
Parks and Recreation


Fox
American Dad
Bones
The Cleveland Show
Family Guy
Glee
House
Lie to Me


ABC
Brothers & Sisters
Castle
Cougar Town
Desperate Housewives
Grey's Anatomy
The Middle
Modern Family
Private Practice

CBS
The Big Bang Theory
Criminal Minds
CSI: NY
CSI: Miami

The Good Wife
How I Met Your Mother
Medium
The Mentalist
NCIS
NCIS: Los Angeles

Rules of Engagement
Two and a Half Men

The CW
90210
Gossip Girl
Life Unexpected
One Tree Hill
Vampire Diaries

My picks? Most of the TV shows I like have a tight continuity, and I'm not sure how you would fit a comic book in.  The Big Bang Theory would work well.  And it surprising that they haven't tried Family Guy yet!

*There are many exceptions to this rule, where Western started the comic in the first season.  Believe me, I heard about all of them when I posted on Usenet.  But they were all shows with obvious "kid appeal", so you can see why Western would take a chance on them...

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The Voyages of SheBuccaneer #6
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Comments

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nyrdyv
May. 24th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
The Office
I think The Office would be best suited to production in comic book form. There would be probably no end of stories that can be told and it could be tapping a much larger market than many traditional comic books.

Cheers!

Steven G. Willis
XOWComics.com
shadzane
May. 28th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
Re: The Office
That's not a bad choice. It would depend a lot on the artist hitting the right tone...
90scartoonman
May. 27th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
I think there was a Family Guy comic book.

Any of those could probably work, the action/crime stuff might be better, but Glee would never work.
shadzane
May. 28th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
I wasn't sure if there has been a Family Guy comic, but yeah, there was: http://www.comics.org/series/19024/
I wonder why it didn't hit?

I think Glee could work. It is possible to do a musical in comics form, as proven by Neil the Horse back in the eighties. But would anyone want to read it even if it was successful?
90scartoonman
Jun. 2nd, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Probably not, you'd lose a lot of the charm of the cast if you're going to do it without actors in a soundless medium.
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