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John Layman

  1. Holy Milestone, Batman! Detective Comics Celebrates 900 Issues This April

    Just because DC Comics' New 52 initiative rebooted an entire comic book universe and started fresh with a whole bunch of #1 issues certainly doesn't mean the publisher won't acknowledge one of its flagship titles reaching a 76-year milestone. This coming April, Detective Comics will be celebrating an astounding 900 issues chronicling the heroics of everyone's favorite -- no, really, how can anyone possibly hate on the guy? -- brooding super sleuth: Batman! The caped crusader has been solving mysteries and busting the underworld's teeth since his debut in Detective Comics #27, and DC Comics promises to do Batman justice with the second volume of the legendary series' 19th issue.

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  2. Mars Attacks! Will Be Made Into a Broadway Musical, Also, Did We Ask For This?

    Thank You?

    John Layman (Chew) has decided to bring Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! to Broadway. Because ... we don't know. Nope, no idea. When the movie came out in 1996, very few people actually liked it, so our guess is that Layman wants this to become the next cult musical hit. Well ... okay. Ack ack ack it is, then. Maybe I'll change my mind about this by the end of the post.

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  3. Chew to Become Showtime Series

    Bloody Good Fun

    Showtime has acquired the rights to develop a new series based on Chew, the super gory, Eisner-Award-winning comic book series by John Layman and Rob Guillory. In the world of Chew, fear of avian flu has gotten so bad that the consumption of poultry is outlawed, chicken speakeasies abound, and the FDA has FBI-like powers. The story follows Tony Chu, an agent for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who is also a cibopath, meaning that when he bites into anything (or anyone), he receives glimpses of its past. Yes, he is a confirmed local-vore vegetarian and supporter of organic food. According to Deadline, it will be a "quirky half-hour cop show" written by Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer and directed by Stephen Hopkins (24, Californication). Not only that, but the whole production is coming from the same company that brought us The Walking Dead, Circle of Confusion. Now, about that casting ...

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