Do you ever wonder what Saved By The Bell would be like if it had never ended? I do. I think about it all the time. The thought consumes me, and my dreams are filled with unending visions of Zack Morris stopping time and the uncaring face of Rod Belding, the "cool brother" of Bayside High's stodgy principal. But they've only been dreams... until now!
Next week, SBTB is returning in the pages of an all-new full-length graphic novel from Lion Forge and IDW, by writer Joelle Sellner and artist Chynna Clugston Flores, and, interestingly enough, it's set not in the mid '90s of tank tops and caffeine pills, but in the modern day of singing competitions and viral videos. Check out a preview featuring Kevin, the sentient robot that Screech built that completely failed to impress his friends.
Lion Forge Comics' new all-ages imprint ROAR Comics released the first issues of two new digital series today on formats such as the Kindle, based on some of the most iconic kids' shows of the 1980s and 1990s. The new Saved by the Bell series goes back to Zack Morris, Kelly Kapowski, Jesse Spano, A.C. Slater, Lisa Turtle and Screech's freshman year at Bayside High. Punky Brewster likewise takes its title character back to the beginning of her TV story, as she looks for a new home.
If nothing else, recent developments in entertainment have taught us three things: Children of the '80s are now adults, they're nostalgic, and they have money. These three simple, irrefutable facts have led to three Transformers movies, two G.I. Joe films, and Keith Giffen writing Masters of the Universe comics. The nostalgia wave continues, as relatively new digital comic publisher Lion Forge Comics has reached a deal with NBCUniversal to produce digital comics based on Saved by the Bell, Punky Brewster, Miami Vice, Knight Rider and Airwolf.
We are truly in a golden age of comic book/TV cross-mingling. TV writers love dabbling in comics, while comic book scribes love how much more TV writing pays. Meanwhile, comics like "Buffy: Season Eight" and the upcoming "Pushing Daisies" series offer fans a glimpse at what could have been if their respective shows had continued. But we didn't always have it this good.
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