It’s not hard to believe that Hollywood, with its massive budget superhero flicks, inspires many of its members to transfer their talents to the comicbook world. Musicians, actors/actresses, and filmmakers explore creative boundaries and take a dip into their own comicbook series, sometimes abandoning their previous artistic roles in society for this new mask.
The My Chemical Romance frontman was sitting on this concept for a while. In September of 2007 it finally came to fruition in a six-issue limited series with Dark Horse Comics. The series, The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite, became highly regarded among comic creators and even earned itself an Eisner award in 2008 for Best Finite Series/Limited Series. He has continued his work tirelessly in the comicbook world, and there have been talks of a television adaptation that has been in development since 2015.
Since 2005, Thomas Jane had delved into the world of sci-fi comicbooks. During his recovery period from a car accident, he had experienced vicodin-fueled fever dreams that depicted “horrible alien deathspiders.” It was from these nightmarish apparitions that Bad Planet was formed with the help of illustrator Greg Staples and co-writer Steve Niles.
Who knows what else Quentin will tackle in his quest for deeper storytelling? Fans gleefully received the well-known director’s recent comic, a prequel to The Hateful Eight, which was featured in Playboy. His efforts with Vertigo Comics created the Django graphic novel/comicbook series to further expand on the story of the film with the same name.
Jones co-wrote a comic series called Frenemy of the State, loosely based on the notion of Paris Hilton being a secret genius, stringing the none-the-wiser public along with her exploits. Thus, the posh heiress known as Ariana Von Holmberg was newly recruited as a CIA operative, using numerous scandals to cover her tracks. Rashida Jones had some help from co-creators Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis with this initial comicbook effort.