Family Guy comic

Steve White, editor of Titan Comics new Family Guy comic – which launches next month in the US and in August in the UK – says the comic 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 comic will follow the Griffin family in a string of brand new outrageous storylines, along with fellow Quahog residents Cleveland Brown, Joe Swanson and everyone’s favorite ladies man, Glen “giggity” Quagmire.

“The Family Guy universe is an amazing wellspring of ideas to plunder,” Steve told the Toledo Blade this week. “It’s 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.”

Artwork for the Family Guy comic series is provided by comic artists SL Gallant (G.I. Joe, Torchwood) and Anthony Williams (Judge Dredd, Superman, Batman).

The title has had a long gestation period – Editorial Director Chris Teather has been suggesting the comic for years. Ultimately the concept gained traction with Fox.”We felt that Family Guy TV show to Family Guy comic was a natural progression, but Fox needed a little convincing,”says Steve. “In the end, we winged it and did a two-page comic strip off our own back and that actually seemed to do the trick.”

One of America’s favourite animated TV shows of all time, Family Guy boasts over 27 million fans on Facebook, and has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Comedy Series.

Although Steve would be delighted if creator Seth McFarlane would write material for the comic but, so far, he’s not committed. But the editorial team – all fans of the series – are definitely committed to ding their best to making it a success.

“We’re not just paying lip service to the show,” Steve insists. “We’re really immersing ourselves in it.”

Family Guy comic #1 will be on sale and available on US newsstands and in specialty comic book stores beginning on 27th July 2011. 

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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