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WAITING FOR TOMMY: TED ADAMS
By Richard Johnston

RICH: Really? Not even Sonic The Hedgehog (Mark Millar and Jim Valentino combo?)
TED: Ditto.

RICH: Damn. Look, come on, what about Zoids (Grant Morrison has a few more stories to tell here, surely
TED: Don't know this one.

RICH: 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.

There's 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.

RICH: 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.

RICH: 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 way.

RICH: 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 set dressing.

RICH: 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.

Convince Whedon to do it with us and I'll hire you to write it.

RICH: 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.

RICH: 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.

RICH: You will. (He will, won't he folks?) Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.
TED: I don't think this would work as a comic but I'd love to work with Kaufman.

RICH: 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.

RICH: 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 by us.

RICH: 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.

RICH: 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.

RICH: 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.

RICH: 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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