Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Liberty Meadows Lives!

I have been waiting very very patiently for the next Liberty Meadows comic book.  (Liberty Meadows has a special place in my heart.  It single-handedly revived my interest in comics after it had stagnated for years.)  The last one was a couple of years ago.

I figured Frank Cho, the very funny creator of the strip and comic, was just busy doing covers and such, and that's why there were no new issues.  Well, not quite.  Turns out Liberty Meadows had been optioned to become an animated series and the rights finally reverted back to him:

"Let’s back track a minute. About 3 years ago, Sony got the rights to Liberty Meadows to develop it as a downloadable original cartoon series for their new Sony Digital division. I wrote the original pilot episode but it was rejected for being too “risque”. So other writers were brought in to tone it down and make it more kid friendly. Once I read the rewrite, I thought it completely missed the point of Liberty Meadows. So I rewrote the rewrite, and this went back and forth couple of times until we reached a compromised script. We turned that script into an traditional 2D animated pilot episode.

"Enter Sony Television division. They saw the pilot episode and liked it. Liberty Meadows get bumped up to their television division and a TV series is planned. However there is one request, Sony Television people wanted Liberty Meadows to be more “risque” with adult humor like the “Family Guy”. This is the point where I rip my hair out in frustration. Sony Digital people rejected my original script for that very reason, for being too “risque”.

"So I go back and re-polish the original script, adding more scenes to make it longer to fit the television episode time frame. As I’m doing this, a new Sony television contract is being drafted to replace my Sony digital contract. Then the recession hit. Then the three Sony executives who were shepherding this project along since the beginning leave Sony. The new guy who takes over have no interest in projects started by his predecessors. Thus Liberty Meadows TV show goes into limbo… and we wait and wait. Ultimately under the inactivity clause, all the Liberty Meadows rights revert back to me, and concludes my 2 year journey at Sony.

"Now Liberty Meadows is back home, firmly under my complete control again."

Yes!  Bring on the funny!
Tags: art, comic books, comics, i'll drink to that, pure awesome, technology is a beautiful thing, this ought to be interesting
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