Publishing | The X-Files is in the headline, but this interview with IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall covers a lot of ground, including the logistics of continuing a defunct TV franchise as a comic, the standouts among IDW’s young creators, and the challenges of being a comics writer. [Hero Complex]
Publishing | Alvin Lu has left his position as executive vice president of the manga publisher Viz Media. Lu had been at Viz for 13 years and was one of the top executives in the company, reporting directly to CEO Hidemi Fukuhara. [ICv2]
Comics | The graphic novel Metro, once banned in Egypt, is available in Cairo once more. [The Comics Reporter]
Mulder and Scully are returning to comics in June with a new X-Files series from IDW Publishing.
Airing from 1993 to 2002 on Fox, The X-Files helped to define pre-millennium paranoia television as FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigated cases involving paranormal phenomena ranging from alien abductions to bizarre murders, many tied to byzantine government conspiracies.
Although the series ran for nine seasons (the last few of which are largely forgettable), it was never a ratings powerhouse: It reached its peek of popularity with Season 5, averaging 19.8 million viewers. Still, it spawned two feature films, inspired countless subsequent dramas — from The Burning Zone and Dark Skies to Fringe and Supernatural — and spun off comics series at Topps and Wildstorm. The characters last appeared in the 2009 Wildstorm/IDW crossover 30 Days of Night/The X-Files.