There's a point for every monthly comics fan when it really sinks in that there's a whole world of comics beyond the Big Two, and that point looks different for everyone. As someone literally born months after Image was, and thus missed out on the '90s boom and bust, for me it was Chew.
Written by John Layman and drawn by Rob Guillory, Chew ended last November at 60 issues. When it began in 2009, I was in high school, and newly in love with monthly comics.
For five years, Chew has been one of the most funniest, most surprising comic books on the stands. Rob Guillory and John Layman's series about a police officer who gets a psychic impression from anything he eats --- and the bizarre supporting cast that surrounds him --- has introduced readers to everything from government conspiracies to cybernetic killer roosters.
With the recent release of the 51st issue, Chew is closing in on its big issue #60 finale --- so ComicsAlliance took the opportunity to sit down with John Layman to discuss his plotting for the series, how he balances comedic highs with tragic lows, and how a chicken became the breakout star of the book.
The acclaimed Image comic series Chew, from writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory, is getting its own movie adaptation — well, an animated one, anyway. The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun and The Guild’s Felicia Day have already joined the voice cast for the upcoming film, which just added another familiar geek favorite: former Doctor Who star David Tennant.
If you're not familiar with Humble Bundle, here's the deal: Deals.
Specifically, they're deals with proceeds that go to charity. So far, the site has offered comedy albums, downloadable video games, ebooks, and even movies, but it's teaming up with Image Comics for its first-ever digital comics deal over the next two weeks or so, and buyers can choose how much of the money they spend goes to creators and how much goes to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The books in the offer are the first volumes of Saga, Fatale, East of West, Lazarus, Morning Glories, Revival, and Chew, and two volumes of The Walking Dead.
Hopes for John Layman and Rob Guillory's Image Comics series about banned chicken and food-based powers, Chew, coming to Showtime as a live-action series were dashed back in February, but at least one screen adaptation is definitely happening, and it'll be animated.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Quality Transmedia, the company of producer Jeff Krelitz, snatched up Chew when Showtime opted not to pursue a series beyond the pilot stage. Krelitz is planning to take Chew on a similar route to the one he took with Image series Peter Panzerfaust, which he first adapted into a motion comic before it was picked up by BBC Worldwide for TV development.
Like some lucky readers out there, I got a Kindle Fire for the holidays. It was a complete surprise, especially considering that I didn't ask for one, and didn't even really want one. Despite all the good news I'd heard about the Comixology app, my tactile orientation made it hard for me to get along with the idea of digital comics, but being so poor I only bought maybe a dozen comics last year has changed my opinion...
Image Comics' fan-favorite series Chew is the latest indie comic to get the TV treatment. Showtime has acquired a pilot script for a half-hour comedy based on the deeply idiosyncratic cop story about a man who gets psychic impressions from the things (and people) he eats...
Upcoming: As a reader it takes a lot to get me excited about a variant cover. Chew's scratch n' sniff gimmick for an SDCC issue seems like the sort of thing worth standing in a line for... if it indeed smells like Buffalo wings...
Yesterday's Image Comics Show panel at Comic-Con provided fans with some nice bits of news about upcoming projects from the publisher, as well the announcement that TV and comics writer Marc Guggenheim has formed Collider Entertainment, which will aim to bring some of Hollywood's best creators into making comics...
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