July 26th, 2010 | Work
So I found out a day after everyone else that the Marvel Anime serials I devised will air on G4 television in the US during 2011. These serials are being made by Madhouse in Japan, for the south east Asian television market, so the G4 airings will either be dubbed or subtitled.
Here’s the original press release about the Marvel Anime serials.
The way it worked is that I devised four serials for Marvel Anime – IRON MAN, WOLVERINE, X-MEN and BLADE. Which means that I came up with 12-episode stories for each property. For the most part, I used pre-existing stories as adaptation material — the WOLVERINE story, for instance, takes the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller WOLVERINE miniseries from the early 80s as its basic spine. Weirdly, Matt Fraction and I were working parallel at one point, and it turns out that, without talking to each other about it, I’ve sort of mirrored “Stark Resilient” in the IRON MAN anime.
I then wrote outlines for each episode of each serial. These outlines were then turned into scripts by Madhouse’s writers, and then made into animation by Madhouse’s directors and animators. Because I knew the process in advance, the outlines were really just plot, pacing and colour. I imagine and expect that I’ve been seriously rewritten in places by the actual writers, which is fine and all part of the process.
As I say, these were commissioned and created specifically for the south east Asian market. But it’s nice that they’ll get some form of English-language airing too.
And here’s the IRON MAN trailer.
EDITED TO ADD: Deadline has a few more details.