PHILADELPHIA Steve White, editor of the upcoming Family Guy comic book, is keenly aware of the franchises history of drawing laughs and making viewers cringe.
Thats why he says the new series, published by Titan Comics and debuting July 27 in comic book shops and on newsstands, will not only uphold the TV tradition of the Emmy-nominated animated show but delve deeper into the characters and comedy of Peter Griffin, his family and friends.
The Family Guy universe is an amazing wellspring of ideas to plunder. Its given us a lot of latitude to develop stories ranging from one-page gag strips to more extended full-length scripts and pretty much everything in between, he said Thursday.
The series will be drawn by S.L. Gallant, whose previous work includes runs on G.I. Joe and Torchwood, and Anthony Williams, who has drawn for Judge Dredd and Batman.
Unlike a rigid 23-minute block of time, having the stories in print means more plot twists and concepts, so each issue will, on average, have about three stories a main story, a short tale and a gag strip.
Were even looking at recurring one-pagers, but as I said, really, the world is our oyster here, he said.
Turning television properties into comic books often is a successful way of bridging the mediums of comics and the small screen, not to mention the big screen, too. Other publishers have done so, including IDW, which puts out comics based on Doctor Who, The Transformers and Ghostbusters.
Family Guy, which debuted on Fox in 1999 and was off the air for a time and returned in 2005, targets everybody and everything in its story lines: Cookie Monster in an asylum battling his cookie addiction; Dick Cheney as a foul-mouthed greeter at Wal-Mart.
We felt that Family Guy TV show to Family Guy comic was a natural progression, but Fox needed a little convincing, White said.