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Dynamite Announces ‘Twilight Zone,’ ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ ‘Heroes,’ ‘Voltron/Robotech’ And Alice Cooper Series [SDCC 2013]

Just as Comic-Con International is getting going, Dynamite Entertainment has announced it acquired a slew of high-profile TV licenses that will turn into comics in the near future. NBC’s Heroes will be making its return as a comic with writer Cullen Bunn, The Twilight Zone will get a new series written by J. Michael Straczynski, and Robotech will cross over with Voltron. But the one I’m really excited about? The Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers is coming to comics.

There aren’t a whole lot of details about any of the series just yet. Straczynski was a writer on the 1980s revival of The Twilight Zone, and he’ll be writing the comic as a “year-long arc,” he said.

“One of the most deeply satisfying and creatively exciting experiences I’ve had in 25 years of writing for television and film was my stint on the new Twilight Zone television series,” said Straczynski in a Dynamite press release.  “I’ve been a fan of the original series since I was tall enough to reach for the TV tuner.  So I was profoundly excited when Nick Barrucci came to me with the possibility of doing the new Twilight Zone comic to come out from Dynamite.”

Bunn said his Heroes story will be “multi-layered, complex, and character-focused, and it will shake up the Heroes storyline in a major way.”

Dynamite also announced that it will be releasing a 20th anniversary prestige edition of Sean Phillips, Judith Dupre and Dean Motter’s graphic novel, The Heart of the Beast. Phillips is “remastering” the art for the new release.

“I’m very pleased that this early work is being made available again from the fine folks at Dynamite,” said Sean Phillips in a Dynamite press release.  “This was my first major project for an American publisher and it sank without trace twenty years ago.  Now people have another chance to read Dean and Judith’s great story and to see me learn to paint in watercolours on the job.  I’d like to think I’ve got better at painting since I finished Heart Of The Beast, but I’m not so sure.  I’m still really pleased with the work I did on this book and just wish I could remember how to paint like that again.”

Additionally, Alice Cooper will be launching a currently untitled ongoing series in the coming year, with he and Neil Gaiman’s The Last Temptation getting re-released at Dynamite following its original run at Marvel in 1994 and later collection at Dark Horse Comics in 2006.

“We’re doing many cool things with Dynamite, beginning with a new comics series which I am very excited about.  I always say that the best thing about being in a comic book is that they draw you with great abs!” said Alice Cooper in a Dynamite release.  “Artistically, for me there is hardly a better medium.  There is so much you can do in the form of a comic that we’d never been able to do on stage.  It’s just a different way of storytelling, and it really has almost limitless possibilities.  We’re looking forward to stretching the existing boundaries of the comic medium again.  We have new stories to tell, but we’ll do it with the same theatrical, sinister sensibility that comes with the name ‘Alice Cooper’.  This is just the beginning!  Welcome to my NEW Nightmares!”

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