You see mainstream comics getting optioned for film/T.V. everyday, so why not look a little deeper into the Small Press, I say! It worked for comics like Ghost World, American Splendor, and Scott Pilgrim, so with that in mind, I thought I’d make a list of my top 5 suggestions for Hollywood.
1. Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez
I see this being ideal for an HBO or Netflix original drama. It would be a sweeping, surreal epic centered around Gilbert Hernandez enigmatic character, Luba, and her supporting cast that intertwine the landscape of the Central American town of Palomar.
2. Flaming Carrot by Bob Burden
This is one of my favorite comics, and I think it would just be good odd fun to see this character running around the screen! I see it as a strange, screwball indy film. Maybe, Danny McBride and Jody Hill of Eastbound and Down fame could take this on! We’ll need to cast Anna Farris to co-star.
3. Girl Stories by Lauren Weinstein
This could work on network T.V. as sort of an edgier, girl-centric Wonder Years, or closer to Freaks & Geeks. Got to find a funny, awkward kid and her parents could be played by Gina Gershon, and a bearded Steve Zahn.
4. Street Angel by Jim Rugg
Actually, someone made an amateur short film based off the first issue. You can watch it here. This would work perfectly for The CW, or maybe even Showtime. Jim Rugg should co-direct just like Frank Miller did with Sin City!
5. Stray Bullets by David Lapham
With the welcome return of Mr. Lapham’s epic crime series, it just reminds me how this would work perfectly for cable T.V./Netflix/Amazon, etc. It wouldn’t surprise me if something was already in the works. Maybe, now that Boardwalk Empire is ending, Terence Winter could lend a hand…