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Thursday 2 June 2005, by Webmaster
IDW revives `Shaun’ for comic books
Also coming from IDW in June is the first of a five-part miniseries marking the return of Joss Whedon’s "Angel" to comics.
The TV series "Angel" went off the air last year after five seasons and Dark Horse Comics let its license to Angel lapse, though it still holds the comic-book rights to Whedon’s "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
"Angel: The Curse" is set an indefinite time after the conclusion of the "Angel" TV finale. The story finds the hero on his own and searching for the Gypsy tribe that cursed him years ago. It is written by Jeff Mariotte, author of several "Angel" novels.
A second comic-book miniseries, featuring the whole cast of characters from the television show, is planned for the end of the year.
In August, look for an IDW single-issue comic book featuring Spike, the sardonic vampire who stirred things up on "Buffy" and "Angel."
(KRT) - The zombies from "Shaun of the Dead" are on the prowl again - this time in a comicbook adaptation of the comedy-horror film.
The first of the four-part adaptation from IDW Publishing is set for release in mid-June. It’s a "director’s cut" adaptation, featuring scenes from the movie that ended up on the cutting-room floor or were in the screenplay but never shot.
The film was written by Britain’s Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, who call it a "zomrom-com" - a zombie romantic comedy.
Wright also directed and Pegg starred as the slacker Shaun, whose efforts to keep his girlfriend are complicated by an invasion of zombies.
Chris Ryall, IDW editor-in-chief, loves the movie for its twisted British humor. He jumped at the opportunity to write the comic-book version, which was done with the cooperation of Wright and Pegg.
"Normally, I assign jobs as editor-in-chief here, but on this one I just couldn’t see passing it off to anybody else," Ryall said.
It was a labor of love, but a challenging one, too. Translating film to comics often is tricky, Ryall said. "This movie especially, because there were a lot of things they did with editing," he says.
"They’d use these little quick cuts and things like that that really made for some humor in the movie, but you just can’t do that kind of thing on paper.
"So the challenge was to keep the Britishness and the humor of the movie without relying on those same tricks."
Zach Howard is the artist on the comic. Ryall first met him at a comic-book convention last year in Chicago and says Howard’s work just jumped out at him.
"I think he has done a fantastic job," Ryall says.
"He’s not trying to do a photorealistic job, where it just looks like he picked up stills from the movie and dropped them on the page. He’s doing his own interpretation and he kind of made these characters his own."
Wright has seen the first issue and loves it, Ryall said. "As long as he’s happy, I think we’ve done our job."
The movie, released on DVD late last year, is rated R. The comic book is recommended for readers older than 18.