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Harry Potter

Harry Potter
All right, this will likely never happen, as author J.K. Rowling apparently remains opposed to her bestselling novels turned blockbuster movies being transformed into comic books. But with the Harry Potter novels and films complete, and Rowling herself penning a screenplay inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the right deal — and the right deal-makers — might be able to conjure a Hogwarts comic. It would be more than just one hero’s journey or just one school: A fully realized Harry Potter comics project could encompass multiple series, miniseries and one-shots. But it has to be done slowly, and right. And the person best positioned to bring this together is DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, who has long served as the shepherd of Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter franchise.

Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings
You may not realize it, but J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth has come to comics on multiple occasions, perhaps most notably in the 1989 Eclipse adaptation of The Hobbit by Chuck Dixon and David T. Wenzel. More recently, DC Comics released a digital comic by Brian Wood and Simon Coleby that served as a prologue to the 2011 video game The Lord of the Rings: War in the North; however, it was never published in print. Despite that drastic oversight, the pairing of The Lord of the Rings with sequential art is a creative crossover that would excite comic fans, and fans of both Tolkien’s books (OK, maybe) and Peter Jackson’s films. Like War in the North, which takes place in the great northern wastes during the events of The Lord of the Rings, the comics might use Tolkien’s rich and detailed books as a springboard from which to explore other corners of Middle-earth.

Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy is the fourth-largest video game franchise of all time, and it’s taken players to more than a dozen new worlds and introduced them to thousands of characters. Mixing swords and sorcery, magical items and a love for giant ostriches called Chocobos, Final Fantasy has become the leading RPG for generations of gamers. In Japan, there have been several manga adaptations and even one spinoff series, but none has properly taken advantage of the ardent international following. Each major Final Fantasy game has its own world and segment of characters, giving potential comic creators a chance to target the most popular ones for further exploration. Imagine Brandon Graham creating a Final Fantasy 7 continuation with Cloud Strife, Bryan O’Malley creating a Chocobo’s tale, Adam Warren doing a sussed-up version of the original Final Fantasy. Or even some superhero heavyweights like Gail Simone, Kieron Gillen and others stepping into this world of crystals.

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Skottie Young needs to adapt the Harry Potter franchise. Period. Do you read his tumblr, DC execs? He’s constantly posting Harry Potter sketches, and has said he’d happily draw Harry Potter for the rest of his life. WTF is wrong with you DC? Don’t you like money???

Indiana Jones and James Bond are no strangers to comic books.

John Byrne was part of The Adventures of Indiana Jones when Marvel had the license. Jones moved over to Dark Horse for a time. He’s currently without a home. The risk with Jones would be the same as with Star Wars or Star Trek – over-saturation. Star Trek reached that point with Enterprise. Now would be a good time to have a new, regular, monthly Indiana Jones series; but will it get lost with all the other licensed characters like Green Hornet, The Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, The Lone Ranger…

I wish I still had my Marvel Indiana Jones books!

A few years ago Titan Books released all of the James Bond newspaper strips. I picked up Dr. No. I would love to see an ongoing James Bond series. But would it be like the new Star Trek, where the character design would be more modern and resemble Daniel Craig, or would Bond have a unique, comic book appearance, similar to Superman or Spider-Man. Did The Avengers series do well? Doctor Who does pretty well, but there’s maybe been 15 issues for Matt Smith, and now we have a new Doctor.

I would love to see a six-issue adaptation, or maybe a graphic novel adaptation of a James Bond adventure. Something that would be affordable, around the $12.95 range.

I can see a Bendis-written Indiana Jones book in my mind’s eye already: Indiana Jojes and the Curse of the Talking Heads. And, no…he’s not looking into the feud between Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, & Jerry Harrison and David Byrne.

The only one I’d disagree with is Lord of the Rings. The Lord of the Rings books are the Lord of the Rings books. They don’t need to be a springboard for anything – they are complete works in and of themselves.

It’s funny, I was thinking about that when the new Grand Theft Auto came out (about a month ago?) why they haven’t looked into at least doing a compilation of short stories by various writers and artists in one graphic novel even if just as an extension of the promotional campaign.

Potter would never happen. I think Rowling’s even gone on record saying that she’s rejected the idea in the past.

We just need to change American copyright law to put Harry Potter into the public domain during Skottie Young’s working career then. Any IP regime that stands in the way of this project is presumptively unjustifiable.

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