Welcome back, dear readers! Apologies for my unexpected time away–work emergencies took me away from my one true love, reporting indie comic news to you. But thankfully I’m back to bring you the highlights from the past few weeks of news!
Long lost in development hell, it looks like Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s Y: The Last Man may be finding its home as a series at cable network FX. The much-acclaimed series follows Yorick Brown, literal last man on Earth, in a world where all others males–human men and animals–abruptly died at the same time. It’s a rich story full of fascinating characters, and I’m excited to see the story unfold over time on TV rather than be crammed into a single movie. With Walking Dead still dominating and Preacher coming soon to AMC, it’s clear that sprawling comic dramas are the hot new thing for TV.
What’s that I said about comic dramas being the hot new thing? NYCC saw the premiere of the first trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Kirkman and Azaceta’s demon-filled comic set to debut on Cinemax sometime in 2016. It’s already been green-lit for a 10-episode series, which speaks to the power Kirkman adaptations have after the runaway success of the Walking Dead that this series got a distribution deal almost as soon as its first issue came out. It’ll be interesting to see how this one goes, as Outcast is only up to issue 12 so far whereas most comics that get adapted tend to have a lot more story under their belt.
Noelle Stevenson is seriously having a GREAT 2015 with her Eisner wins for Lumberjanes and now the announcement that her graphic novel Nimona is a finalist for the National Book Award, which is the fanciest book award the U.S. has to offer. The book is up for the Young Adult category against fellow nominees like Bone Gap by Lauren Ruby, and it’s rare for a comic to make it this far. At 23, Stevenson is the youngest finalist for the National Book Award ever! She is so talented and sweet on Twitter that it ALMOST makes up for my crushing sense of inadequacy at my lack of accomplishments in comparison.