FOR TOMMY: TED ADAMS
Really? Not even Sonic The Hedgehog (Mark Millar and Jim Valentino
Damn. Look, come on, what about Zoids (Grant Morrison has
a few more stories to tell here, surely
TED: Don't know this one.
Um, Transformers knockoff, existential philosophical musing
by Morrison (with big explosions)... ah, but for kids. Sigh.
You guys just don't get this nostalgia license thing. Why
have IDW not explored that arena? Why no "comics for kids"?
Where does this rule come from?
TED: We do some comics that are appropriate for kids --
Grumpy Old Monsters, The Vanishers, Olympus Heights. We just
don't do licensed comics for kids.
no rule, I just don't like cartoons, never have and never
will. I've never seen an episode of Transformers or GI Joe.
I wish I did get the nostalgia thing. God knows I'd be a lot
richer if I did. When I was at WildStorm, I very distinctly
remember John Nee telling me that we should publish Pokemon
comics. Keep in mind, this was at least a year before Pokemon
become a phenomenon in the US. I told him he was crazy. I
clearly don't have a good eye for fads aimed at kids.
And that was the last anyone saw of John Nee. Seriously, he's
an invisible man now. Right, The Littlest Hobo
TED: Never heard of it.
Look everyone. It's the culturally deprived Ted Adams. A wonderful
eighties American television series about a fellow going from
town to town, putting right what once went wrong, and hoping
each time that his next bone will be the bone home. He's a
dog you see. For kids. Oh dear, what have I become? Warren
Ellis will kill me.
TED: I was busy drinking beer during most of the '80s.
Can't say I'm sorry I missed that one, though. Although it
seems to have changed your life in some strange and bizarre
Okay, sensible, sensible, Tru Calling?
TED: Mild interest. If the show was doing better, I'd
probably do it. They used some of our comics and posters for
Stylish. Firefly ( I call dibs on that one)
TED: I'm a huge Whedon fan and would do this in a heartbeat.
Unfortunately, for me, he's got a relationship at Dark Horse.
I think we'd do a better job than them but it's his property
and his decision. Serenity is at Universal and they know we
want to do it.
Whedon to do it with us and I'll hire you to write it.
You see, it's discussions like this which can be so very very
fruitful. You realise I've got Joss' email address mouldering
away somewhere. Right... Manimal.
TED: No chance. Bad Show. Bad Ratings.
You're destroying my childhood Americana recollections right
here, you know? Okay, okay, creatures of the night, Shaun
Of The Dead?
TED: I don't know this one either.
You will. (He will, won't he folks?) Eternal Sunshine Of The
TED: I don't think this would work as a comic but I'd
love to work with Kaufman.
A large recurring cast of characters, none of whom remember
the others, every month. I don't know, I never said I was
good at this, did I? Mr Rossi.
TED: Never heard of it.
Thank your stars. The OC?
TED: I've never seen the show. I do think soap opera
type shows could be done as comics but they won't be done
Well there's my EastEnders pitch out the window. Unless I
make it EastDeadEnderZombies or something. What if they could
shoot laser beams from their eyes? And if there was a lot
more rain and standing in shadows?
TED: Are they vampires? If so, done deal.
I like your thinking. The West Wing. But the non-vampire version.
TED: Everyone at IDW is interested in politics but
I think this is a tough one to pull off. I'd probably buy
it, but it's gonna have to be done by someone else.
The West Wing Versus The Authority?
TED: Now there's a title. I think you should call Scott
Dunbier. Make sure you tell him you want to write it.
I would, but I hear he's under strict medical orders not to
laugh like a mad hyena for the next few months. Also I could
do without it being passed to Bob Wayne, then passed round
everyone at DC. Again. Hmm. Mind you. CJ versus Jenny Sparks...
Enough of that. Ted! Tell the Tommy boys what they can expect
from IDW in the way of vampires, and indeed these strange
non-vampire comics you guys publish. Any more Lurid?
TED: We've got a lot of great stuff coming out the
next couple of months. No lurid on the schedule, though. That
book is definitely a cult favorite for us. I've told Paul
and Adam that we'd be happy to publish more but I think they're
busy with other projects. If they'd do just 1 more issue we'd
have enough for a collection that I think would do well. Maybe
they're reading this...?
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