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Monday, July 27, 2009

A TV Show to Comic Book That We'll Never See

A number of TV shows live on in comic book form these days, as the many fans and readers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Eureka, and Farscape can attest as well as the lucky few who have their favorite TV Show and a comic simultaneously like the fans of Doctor Who. Well, my favorite show almost had one, but alas such an adaptation much like a third season on ABC never happened for Twin Peaks.

The plan was to produce a graphic novel covering the events of what would have been season three and include it as part of the definitive box set that came out in 2007. The idea for the comic adaptation was hatched by acclaimed illustrator Matt Haley and was to be written by Twin Peaks producer and story editor Bob Engels. Despite a lot of positive green lights for the project, even from series co-creator Mark Frost, the whole thing ultimately got a big "N-O" from the other series creator, David Lynch, who simply didn't wish to have Twin Peaks revisited in any form. Respecting Lynch's wishes, that was that!

Some things just aren't meant to be...

What TV show would you want to see adapted into comic form that we haven't seen yet? Hopefully your luck's better than mine! But of course, maybe I shouldn't rule out the chances of it ever happening just yet. Miracles happen! Just look at the Marvelman/Miracleman news from Comic-Con this weekend!

If you'd like to know more about this little known Twin Peaks project, check out the Twin Peaks Archive blog and their complete interview with Matt Haley.


At 7/28/2009 7:32 AM, Blogger tom said...

I was always somewhat disappointed with the comics versions of one of my favorite shows of all time, "The X-Files." In spite of that, though, I would like to see some of the mythology of "Lost" rounded out in comics format. There's a lot of Dharma Initiative stuff that might make for good comics.

At 7/28/2009 7:42 AM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Well, DC did The Prisoner once, but it made my head hurt. I'd like to see that TV show in comics form, maybe by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips of CRIMINAL fame. A boy can dream.

And a bit off topic - I would dearly love to see that writer/artist team do adaptations of all of Jim Thompson's crime noir novels. Sigh.

At 7/28/2009 6:24 PM, Anonymous Joltman said...

My current 'wish' is that Bryan Fuller follows through with the Pushing Daisies comics that are supposed to come out this fall. Damn the writer's strike and ABC not bringing it back after the strike, that's what killed it after only two seasons.

At 7/28/2009 9:46 PM, Blogger Con said...

Poor Twin Peaks. I hope they do the web-episodes of the third season! SO BADLY! I still would have loved to see more of the story unfold in comic form, but at least they respected David Lynch...because that doesn't always happen.

(By the way...I just got the strangest word verification code..."todynonf". Hmmm.)

At 7/29/2009 6:17 AM, Blogger One of the twins said...

I would have loved to see Twin Peaks Season 3 in comic book form... and, am I jumping the gun if I say I'd like to see Dollhouse continue? I believe it got picked up for a 2nd season but we'll see how long it lasts.
Also Bill, my sister would probably agree on the Jim Thompson novels 100%!


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