CHICAGO - March 5, 2009 - Devil's Due Publishing (DDP) has announced a deal with CBS Consumer Products to publish a new comic book series tied to fan-favorite Jericho, the one-hour drama series that garnered critical acclaim and ran on CBS for two seasons, from 2006-2008. The series centered on the residents of the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas in the aftermath of nuclear attacks on 23 major cities in the contiguous United States. The comic book series will pick up where the television program left off, answering many questions for its passionate fans. DDP has teamed up with the show's creators and producers to develop an authentic story that will hit comic book retailers this fall.
This is great news for fans of the ill-fated show, and it speaks to a larger trend: fan-favourite TV shows are finding new life via comics (think Buffy: Season 8 , Farscape, and Firefly). While this is all well and good, I wonder how long it will take networks to realise that there is a smaller, secondary, much longer-tailed niche market for internet-only episodes of fan-favourite shows?