Deadline Tracks Hollywood Comic Creators

As a prelude to Comic-Con international: San Diego, Deadline’s Hero Nation column offers profiles of 24 entertainment figures who have explored, are about to explore, or who have been attempting to explore the rich storytelling potential of the comic medium in John Carpenter, JJ Abrams Join Hollywood’s Push into Comics.

Clockwise from top left: Abrams, Carpenter, Whedon, Dunham, Fuqua, Aoki

Per the article: “The allure for some is the IP creation opportunities, while others hope to tap into the evolving medium’s new indie-spirited cachet. For some it’s a purer pursuit, a low-cost way to produce a pet project or a nostalgic lark that reconnects them with comics traditions and characters they loved in their own youth.”

In addition to upcoming projects from Abrams (Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man miniseries) and Carpenter (DC Entertainment’s The Joker: Year of the Villain), the works of Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, and Richard Donner are discussed in the article, as are projects from Gerard Way (Dark Horse Comics’ The Umbrella Academy), Steve Aoki (Impact Theory’s Neon Future), Wesley Snipes & Training Day director Antoine Fuqua (After Dark), Nicolas Cage (Virgin Comics’ Voodoo Child),  Lena Dunham (whose planned Archie Comics story was sidelined by the dawn of Riverdale) and more.

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