In 2010 a paradigm shift occurred. While comic book proprieties had long been established as successful source material for major motion pictures, it was not until The Walking Dead premiered on AMC that production studios fully realized the lucrative potential of independent comic book franchises. The proverbial glass ceiling was shattered by the languid waltz of the walkers, leaving in its wake a myriad sweet of dollar signs.
Since its release, The Walking Dead has become a cultural phenomenon scoring millions of fans all across the globe. With the release of multiple spin-offs and endless merchandise, it's safe to say that The Walking Dead is one of the most financially successful comic book proprieties of all time. The fact that The Walking Dead, an Image Comic series, is creator and not corporate owned makes this feat all the more remarkable.
It is no wonder that production studios are doubling down on comic book proprieties. Over the last several years producers, directors and executives alike have discovered the creator owned gold mine that is Image Comic's creative output. Featuring an eclectic array of protagonists and settings , these proprieties are prime for the picking.
Kody Schmitt is a freelance writer and musician from The Ozark Mountains of Southwest Missouri. His writings have appeared everywhere from pop-culture sites to political journals and regional news media. He is the lyricist, composer and bassist for the long-running theatrical power metal act Death May Die. Kody is always on the hunt for artists to collaborate on comics with, so feel free to hit him up.