IT as comic

Discussion in 'IT' started by AtomicAgeEthan, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. AtomicAgeEthan

    AtomicAgeEthan Active Member

    So my favorite King story is IT. There is so much to love about that tale. I think my favorite part might be the history of Derry as seen through the eyes of Mike Hanlon, town librarian. Anyway, my point is this; I would love to see a comic book representation of IT. I thought that the Dark Tower comics were wonderful and I really enjoyed the comic version of The Stand. And now, I think it's about high time we got a version of IT in comic book format. There are a number of reasons as to why I think this. One; IT is a highly visual horror novel and much of the imagery King creates is just BEGGING to be translated into comic book form. Two; Room for author extras. Comics are great for this. They allow an author to take a finished work and add any little extras they might have wanted to add way back when the novel was published but just never got around to it. Three; The ability to expand on previous story bits that are already in the novel. Not the same as adding new material, but giving extra beats to certain elements within the novel that the author might enjoy. Four; I've drawn IT as the creature that is stalking Mike Hanlon through the marsh and I got goosebumps. Rarely do comics have that ability to evoke such terror. The only other time I've seen a comic do that to me is "Pigeons From Hell" by Dark Horse Comics.
    So there IT is. My vote for IT as a comic book adaptation.
    Let me know what you folks think. I think it could be a real winner.
  2. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    I've not read a lot of these comics; I read several of the Gunslinger ones and enjoyed them, haven't read The Stand ones, but want to. I also want to read Joe Hill's Locke and Key. So yeah, I think an IT comic would be cool I would definitely want to read it.
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  3. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I think that would be a good idea - I can get some graphic novels from our local library - it might get the younger kids interested in reading!
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  4. AtomicAgeEthan

    AtomicAgeEthan Active Member

    Chuggs, Locke & Key is one of my all time favorite comic series. It's fully collected now so you can pick it all up and blast through it.
    Neesy, getting kids into reading through comics is something I am keen on. I think that some of the material in IT might be questionable for a kid depending on the age (especially the end of IT with the, ahhh...orgy...even though that scene is more about love than about sex) but I know a bunch of kids who read Walking Dead comics so what do I know!!
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I know that the idea was kicked around...but nothing so far...I agree, it would be well done-as long as the same team held the reins...
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  6. Robert Gray

    Robert Gray Well-Known Member

    I suppose if they were true to source and got the right artist I could get behind the idea. The biggest problem with visual mediums is that they are oppressive (even when done right). It is hard for people to see things on their own as they would have before they got a glimpse of someone else's visual representation. It is one of those reasons I am adamant about people reading the book before they see a movie. I think the same would hold true of graphic novels. I don't want to be a slave to someone else's vision of what Roland looks like or how Derry is laid out. I really can't put into words how I dislike the Lord of the Rings movies (particularly these new Hobbit travesties) because they have robbed a whole generation of seeing Middle Earth on their own (not to mention the butchering of the story).

    I'm on both a soapbox and a tangent, so I'll reign myself in for the moment. With the right artists and person to lay it out, I'm sure it could be great. I'm just not convinced it is a good thing.
  7. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side


    Poor Georgie - not a comic but a neat picture
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  8. Mr. Gray Robert

    Mr. Gray Robert Well-Known Member

    I agree! Unfortunately I saw IT the movie first and now I have to picture grown up Bill as a bald John Boy...
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