'Geeks Have Won': Hollywood Gaga Over Comics

Big screen adaptations bring fame to writers

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 2, 2009 3:03 PM CST

(Newser) – Comic books—trendy? All of a sudden they are, the Los Angeles Times reports. “The geeks have won,” says Ed Brubaker, one of the many comic-book creators who now finds himself a celebrity. Brubaker’s Angel of Death premieres online today as a live-action series, but he’s not the only one signing autographs—the popularity of films like The Dark Knight pushed comics into the mainstream.

“Comic book writers have a lot to offer right now,” says a Sony VP who helped get Brubaker’s assassin-with-a-conscience story to Crackle, Sony’s online video hub. Last summer, which saw such huge successes as Iron Man hit the big screen, brought film producers knocking on the doors of even more comic book scribes. “I am shocked again and again,” says the artist of soon-to-be-released Watchmen. “I never expected this.”

Iron Man was one of the films last summer that helped comic books skyrocket to popularity.
"Iron Man" was one of the films last summer that helped comic books skyrocket to popularity.   (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
The success and critical acclaim of The Dark Knight was another sign that comics were on the rise.
The success and critical acclaim of "The Dark Knight" was another sign that comics were on the rise.   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)
Soon-to-be-released Watchmen is yet another comic book movie garnering a lot of hype.
Soon-to-be-released "Watchmen" is yet another comic book movie garnering a lot of hype.   (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Clay Enos)
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Last summer changed everything, you could feel it. All over LA there are these industry people buying comic books looking for a movie deal. - Ed Brubaker

If you look at the generation now in power in the entertainment industry, they grew up with comics as serious stuff. The geeks have won. - Ed Brubaker

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