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NBC Universal To Develop Digital Comics For 80s and 90s TV Shows

July 2, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Superhero Hype reports that NBCUniversal is planning to create several digital comics based on their television shows from the 1980s and 1990s. They are working with publisher Lion Forge Comics. The agreement is licensed through NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group. Lion Forge will write, develop and publish digital comics based on Airwolf, Knight Rider, Miami Vice, Punky Brewster and Saved by the Bell.

Chris Lucero, director of Global Consumer Products Licensing for NBCUniversal Television, said: “Partnering with the team at Lion Forge to bring classic TV properties to life in graphic novel format was a natural step for us as we continue to identify new ways to entertain our fans in the digital space. We’re excited to give fans a chance to revisit some of their favorite shows and characters in a completely new way.

Writers on the projects include Joelle Sellner (Teen Titans, Jackie Chan Adventures, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi), Jonathan London (Geekscape), Geoffrey Thorne (Leverage, Ben 10) and David Gorden (Catalyst Prime: Accel and Catalyst Prime: Quincredible). Artists include Jason Johnson (Wetworks, Godstorm) and Lion Forge’s own Carl Reed and Lorenzo Lizana.

David Steward, CEO of Lion Forge, added: “From hugely popular characters such as Crockett and Tubbs, Zack Morris and Punky Brewster to highly stylized music and clothing choices, these TV franchises have had a significant impact on pop culture. We here at Lion Forge are looking forward to extending that influence by creating visually appealing and entertaining experiences on mobile devices for a whole new generation of fans.

The comics will be available in the third and fourth quarters of the year through the Amazon Kindle Bookstore, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble’s The Nook Book Store and Kobo.

Lion Forge executives will have a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, July 20, in Room: 26AB (SDCC). They will talk about these new comics and other titles.

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