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Comics A.M. | ‘Airwolf,’ ‘Saved by the Bell’ revived as digital comics

Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell

Publishing | Lions Forge Comics announced a partnership this morning with NBC Universal to create digital comics based on five television series from the 1980s and 1990s: Knight Rider, Airwolf, Miami Vice, Punky Brewster and Saved by the Bell. The comics will be released on a variety of e-book platforms, including Kindle, Nook and Kobo, but there was no mention of comics apps such as comiXology. [USA Today]

Publishing | Denis Kitchen’s Kitchen Sink, long a packager whose comics were published by others, will now be an imprint of Dark Horse, releasing four to six books a year. The imprint will include art books, reprints of archival material, and new graphic novels; it will kick off with The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground!, a collection of works from the Marvel magazine, which was edited by Kitchen and Stan Lee. [ICv2]

From Avengers #14

From Avengers #14

Comics | The locals in Perth, Australia, are chuffed that their city turned up as a locale in an Avengers comic — even if it was as a bomb impact site with overpriced beer. [WAtoday]

Comic strips | An employee of the Louisville Courier-Journal who was rummaging around the storage room looking for Christmas decorations came upon a treasure trove of original comic-strip art from the 1960s, including The Family Circus, Blondie, Donald Duck and Rex Morgan, MD. Courier-Journal Oublisher Wesley Jackson says the newspaper is in the process of authenticating artwork and determining its value, adding, “Once we have a clearer understanding of the pieces and their authenticity, we will work to make them accessible to the community.” [Louisville Courier-Journal]

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman

Manga | Viz Media’s digital manga magazine Shonen Jump will serialize Jaco the Galactic Patrolman (Ginga Patrol Jako), the newly announced series by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, with each chapter debuting in English within days of its Japanese release. [Anime News Network]

Digital comics | Pundit Rob Salkowitz, author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, tracks the rise of digital-first comics over the past year and discusses what sets them apart from their dead-tree counterparts. [ICv2]

Creators | Andrew Aydin, former press secretary for Rep. John Lewis, talks about the conversations he had with Lewis that led to their co-authoring the autobiographical graphic novel March. [The Guardian]

Creators | Zainab Akhtar talks to Julia Gfrӧrer. [The Beat]

Conventions | Alan Gardner files his report on the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists annual convention. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Conventions | Louisville, Kentucky’s Derby City Comic Con will expand from one day to two next year, with plans to gradually take over more and more of the Kentucky International Convention Center each year as well. [Louisville.com]

Conventions | Hannah Means-Shannon went to Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience, and found it to be … not too terrible. [The Beat]

Manga | Jason Thompson takes a look at the space-school manga Twin Spica. [Anime News Network]

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interesting given how old punky brewster and knight rider are that they now get new life in comics though wonder if the characters in both punky and saved by the bell will have their ages frozen forever like high school kids or for punky a little girl now.

Is there really a market for new “Saved by the Bell” or “Punky Brewster” stories? I mean, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” these ain’t.

I assume that “Knight Rider” will sell, because sci-fans will buy any piece of branded shit that comes down the pike, but I’m baffled by the rest of their choices.

Being the only sizable comics publisher based out of St. Louis, I wish Lion Forge the best of luck, but man, those are some weird choices for titles to license.

Is there really a market for new “Saved by the Bell” or “Punky Brewster” stories? I mean, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” these ain’t.
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Yes there is. You could do them like Archie and update the era. You also have to make sure kids can find them an issue Dc has given up on and Marvel is still trying.

Not to be overly skeptical, but do you have any evidence (even anecdotal) to support the claim that there is a market for these properties, other than the fact that they “could do them like Archie”?

Archie is a long-established, high-selling comic book line that can afford to hire quality writers and artists.

Lion’s Forge? No offense, but, maybe not so much.

Archie Comics are available in supermarkets and places where “ordinary” people are likely to see them.

Lion’s Forge? Again, not so much, unless they’ve got some serious juice behind them.

And none of that actually addresses the question about who, specifically, will be interested enough in any of these ancient properties to be willing to plunk down hard cash.

scratchie: If the size of their presence at Wizard World St. Louis was any indication, Lion Forge has a stupid mount of money to throw around.

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