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Manu: What do you think of that trend, and do you think it works better going in one direction or the other? Do comic-book writers make better TV writers than TV writers make comic-book writers?

Nybakken: I think the crossover with TV and comics is a natural, a perfectly natural thing, and these are two of the mediums that I think people, writers in those mediums will work well with each other. I think the only reason it hadn't happened in the past was just the stigma that was attached to comics as kind of being a more low-rent medium. And that's been going away now, so you're going to see a lot more of that cross-pollenization.

Bunting: Are there any comics that you hope get made into TV? Out right now?

Nybakken: Well, my hope was always that Watchmen would actually be made into a miniseries -- an HBO miniseries, rather than a single movie.

Bunting: That would be cool.

Nybakken: Just because I think Watchmen is too big and too complex to reduce to a two-and-a-half-hour film. But it definitely looks like the movie is on track now, rather than a miniseries.

Manu: Preacher's being made into an HBO series, isn't it?

Nybakken: Well, Preacher's been optioned, to be made into an HBO series. Whether or not that will happen, I don't know, but that's something that's perfect for HBO, because of course Preacher is full of blood and swearing and sex, and to take those elements out would take away a lot of what makes Preacher so appealing, so I think doing that as an HBO one will work very well.

Bunting: Would Watchmen work better as an animated story? I just have trouble...I don't really think visually, so sometimes I am literally just reading a comic, and then there's a big sort of plate, just this giant thing that I'm like, "Uh huh. [flips page]" And there were a couple like that in Watchmen where I'm like, "Yeees, we know he's big. [flips page]" But with something like that sort of relied on the filling of the visual field, and people who are...blue and so on, would that be something that would be better as animation?

Nybakken: In the case of Watchmen, no, I don't think so, because what makes Watchmen so compelling is that the characterizations of all the characters are so deeply felt and so human that to make it animated would actually reduce that, I think, and now with the CGI technology you can do all the fantastic things -- the giant blue man -- you can do all that stuff, still using live action, and I think you'd have to have live action for Watchmen in order to have that element of humanity.

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Ask A Comic-Book Editor

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"I Sometimes Feel I'm The Only Person In The Company Who Doesn't Actually Watch It"

Manu: What do you think of that trend, and do you think it works better going in one direction or the other? Do comic-book writers make better TV writers than TV writers make comic-book writers?

Nybakken: I think the crossover with TV and comics is a natural, a perfectly natural thing, and these are two of the mediums that I think people, writers in those mediums will work well with each other. I think the only reason it hadn't happened in the past was just the stigma that was attached to comics as kind of being a more low-rent medium. And that's been going away now, so you're going to see a lot more of that cross-pollenization.

Bunting: Are there any comics that you hope get made into TV? Out right now?

Nybakken: Well, my hope was always that Watchmen would actually be made into a miniseries -- an HBO miniseries, rather than a single movie.

Bunting: That would be cool.

Nybakken: Just because I think Watchmen is too big and too complex to reduce to a two-and-a-half-hour film. But it definitely looks like the movie is on track now, rather than a miniseries.

Manu: Preacher's being made into an HBO series, isn't it?

Nybakken: Well, Preacher's been optioned, to be made into an HBO series. Whether or not that will happen, I don't know, but that's something that's perfect for HBO, because of course Preacher is full of blood and swearing and sex, and to take those elements out would take away a lot of what makes Preacher so appealing, so I think doing that as an HBO one will work very well.

Bunting: Would Watchmen work better as an animated story? I just have trouble...I don't really think visually, so sometimes I am literally just reading a comic, and then there's a big sort of plate, just this giant thing that I'm like, "Uh huh. [flips page]" And there were a couple like that in Watchmen where I'm like, "Yeees, we know he's big. [flips page]" But with something like that sort of relied on the filling of the visual field, and people who are...blue and so on, would that be something that would be better as animation?

Nybakken: In the case of Watchmen, no, I don't think so, because what makes Watchmen so compelling is that the characterizations of all the characters are so deeply felt and so human that to make it animated would actually reduce that, I think, and now with the CGI technology you can do all the fantastic things -- the giant blue man -- you can do all that stuff, still using live action, and I think you'd have to have live action for Watchmen in order to have that element of humanity.

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