US cable network AMC has greenlit a new documentary series exploring the stories, people, and events that have transformed the world of comic books.
Executive produced by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and David Alpert through Skybound Entertainment, the six-part Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books is slated to premiere in 2017.
Using a distinctive filmmaker approach, the series takes a deep dive into the most accessible and often subversive modern popular art form. From origin stories to the untold history behind iconic characters, the series will explore a wide range of topics including: pop culture, politics, race, gender and sexuality.
“We are incredibly excited to continue our partnership with Robert, David and Skybound. Beyond The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, they are prolific producers and publishers who have an amazing knowledge of comic book history and genre storytelling,” said Joel Stillerman, president of programming, AMC and SundanceTV.
“We believe going deep into the history behind some of the greatest comic books will be of great interest to this audience.”
“At the end of the day I am a comic fan first and foremost. I am a lover of the medium and the stories it enables people to tell,” said Robert Kirkman, CEO, Skybound Entertainment.
“I’m excited to partner with AMC once again to bring the stories of some the most influential people in comics to a television audience.”