Comic Vine Talks 'Charmed'

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On the heels of  the announcement of a new Charmed comic book series, Comic Vine decided to catch up with  Zenescope's Editor-in-Chief  Ralph Tedesco to ask him what we can expect to see with the all new series. We found out who will be working on the project, whether or not it will be an ongoing as well as whether or not the characters in the television series will look like the ones in the upcoming comic. Check out the full interview below!            

Comic Vine: Rumor has it you recently acquired the rights to publish a 'CHARMED' comic book based on the hit television series. How did that come about? What was the process like?   

Ralph Tedesco: Yes, we finally made the official announcement yesterday.  To answer your question, since releasing SE7EN and FINAL DESTINATION, which we licensed through New Line Cinema a few years back, we've focused mainly on publishing original content.  However those series did very well and we always wanted to do more licensed projects but only if it made sense and only if we knew we could do the title justice. CHARMED was just a no-brainer to us because it fits in our wheelhouse of beautiful and strong-willed female lead characters. 

The process definitely took a little while and was in the works for well over a year..  We were discussing all the potential storylines and details with CBS for quite some time and they also needed to make sure the lead actresses were all okay with us using their likenesses.  The main thing was that we all wanted to make sure this was something we were going to do right so we didn't want to rush anything. 
 == TEASER == 

CV: Will the characters from the television series appear in the comics? Will you model the characters in the comic after the respective actress that played them on the small screen?  
RT: Yes, all the girls have agreed to their likenesses being used which is great news.  It was definitely important to CBS and to us that Alyssa, Holly and Rose were all on board with the idea...  I also learned that Alyssa has been posting updates about the news of the comic on Twitter which is very cool of her to do.  
 
CV: When will you publish the series? Will it be an ongoing?  
RT: We have a special Spellbook preview issue hitting stands in June.  And although it will be ready beforehand, it looks like we'll wait to debut issue #1 at Comic Con International in San Diego in July.  
 
CV: Can you reveal who the creative team for the book will be?  
RT: We found a truly excellent writer named Paul Ruditis who has penned quite a number of CHARMED novels.  He knows the universe inside and out.  He was our first choice to do this series.  Then we brought in Raven Gregory who has written numerous Zenescope titles for us to co-write and to help Paul make the jump into writing comics.  Those two have really meshed extremely well.  Then there's the talented Dave Hoover providing pencils for the series and Milen Parvanov will be coloring.  We also have numerous wonderful cover artists including Greg Horn, Al Rio and David Seidman to name just a few.  
 

CV: Were you a fan of the TV series?  
RT: This is funny because I didn't really watch it much for the first few seasons but my girlfriend at that time was hooked so I started watching with her and then of course I got into it.  Joe's (my business partner) wife and daughter are enormous fans still so he was following the series for a while.  Needless to say they flipped out when he told them the the news that we were publishing the comic.  
 
CV: Do you think that the new series will change Zenescope? What's the target audience you have in mind for the book?  
RT: I don't think it will necessarily change Zenescope other than hopefully pulling more fans toward following our titles.  What people sometimes don't realize is that we have a large female fan base because our Grimm Fairy Tales and Wonderland books have such strong female lead characters and we're very proud of that fact.  So our hope is that Charmed will strike a nice balance of both male and female readers and we certainly want fans of the TV series who might not already be reading comics to jump on board as well.  
 
CV: Thanks again for doing this, Ralph. I look forward to your replies! Also, are you going to be attending any conventions this year? Will you be at Wonder Con?  
RT: Thanks again Sara.  I had fun doing this. We won't be at Wonder Con unfortunately but we'll be at C2E2 in April, we're also doing Wizard Philly in June, of course San Diego in July, Fan Expo in August and NYCC in October.
 
 If you liked the television series, then chances are you will enjoy the comic. Charmed hits store shelves with Issue #0 this June release and issue #1 is set to debut at Comic Con International in San Diego this July.


 

#1 Posted by AngelFrost (2833 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh Em Geee!
I <3 Charmed
Seriously, I'm obsessed ... action figures, books, magazines, dvd's, signed pictures.  I HAVE THEM ALL!

#2 Posted by Sylar0 (115 posts) - - Show Bio

My question is where is the comic book going to go the show covered it all how it began and how it all ended, will it be like fillers?

#3 Posted by lostlantern13 (860 posts) - - Show Bio

Definitely agree with Sylar. I want to like this, but I would really like to know what kind of stories they will tell.

#4 Posted by AngelFrost (2833 posts) - - Show Bio
@Sylar0 :  Well the show didn't really 'end' per say, I mean the finale sorta skipped to the future after the 'big fight'  ... showing their lives several years after the event.  (:  so yeah, it could either fill in from that or inbetween the episodes.
 
the Charmed books follow a similar format,  and fill in gaps and new stories between the episodes.
#5 Posted by Sylar0 (115 posts) - - Show Bio
@AngelFrost: Wow you do know a lot about Charmed I did not even think of those things. Thanks now I know.
#6 Posted by G-Man (36395 posts) - - Show Bio

Has anyone created the pages for each 'girl' yet? Get on it!

Staff
#7 Posted by AngelFrost (2833 posts) - - Show Bio
@G-Man said:
" Has anyone created the pages for each 'girl' yet? Get on it! "
Someone needs too!  :D 
 
@Sylar0 said:
" @AngelFrost: Wow you do know a lot about Charmed I did not even think of those things. Thanks now I know. "
Your welcome. (: & like I said, I'm obssessed.  I've watched every episode atleast 15 times, if not more.
#8 Posted by FoxxFireArt (3558 posts) - - Show Bio

"Hit TV series" is a bit generous. It was canceled quite a few years ago.
 
I watched a few episodes of the series. They seemed less like strong willed women and more boy obsessed. Things always seemed to be revolving around their sex lives.
 
Not to say that the comic can't take an alternate route and improve. Just feels like striking while the iron is dead cold.

#9 Posted by nick_clark (129 posts) - - Show Bio

YEAh! Charmed comic book, 
Finally! :D

#10 Posted by AngelFrost (2833 posts) - - Show Bio

@FoxxFireArt said:
" "Hit TV series" is a bit generous. It was canceled quite a few years ago. I watched a few episodes of the series.
  Cancelled after 8 successful seasons. Do you know how many shows last that long?  Not many. 
 


#11 Edited by nick_clark (129 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, it wasn't cancelled, was ended after 8 years.

#12 Posted by pentagram (312 posts) - - Show Bio
@AngelFrost:  nick is right, it wasnt cancelled, it went to tnt after the wb became the cw while buffy went to fx.
#13 Posted by Sapphire Warlock (56 posts) - - Show Bio
@FoxxFireArt said:
" "Hit TV series" is a bit generous. It was canceled quite a few years ago. I watched a few episodes of the series. They seemed less like strong willed women and more boy obsessed. Things always seemed to be revolving around their sex lives.  Not to say that the comic can't take an alternate route and improve. Just feels like striking while the iron is dead cold. "
You should check out the first 3 seasons with Shannen Doherty. Those were the best. Around second half of season 5 onward, it become more sex in the city like and less action. I really hope the comics take a darker route like the first 4 seasons but still retain some of the light that the last four seasons had. And I hope Shannen Doherty let's them use her likeness for at least one episode (That would be a dream come true).
#14 Posted by Silver Knight75 (1145 posts) - - Show Bio

this sounds pretty cool

#15 Posted by nick_clark (129 posts) - - Show Bio
@Sapphire Warlock: I totally agree with you dude! :)
#16 Posted by phoenixcarlisle (15 posts) - - Show Bio

This is the best news I've heard all day.

#17 Posted by ShuttingUpRetards (5 posts) - - Show Bio

Prue was awesome! Enough said... Those were my favorite seasons as well. Too bad Shannen has to be such a bitch in real life, I would have loved for her to stay on the show. I kind of fell off the band wagon a few season after she died...

#18 Posted by Fleonix (169 posts) - - Show Bio

jajajaj I feel like a kid an a candy store with this sweet sweet news I just read.  Can't wait till June.

#19 Posted by Aerik (68 posts) - - Show Bio

This'll be great. I miss all that cleavage. Zoinks!

#20 Edited by sugarfree (42 posts) - - Show Bio
@FoxxFireArt said:

" "Hit TV series" is a bit generous. It was canceled quite a few years ago. I watched a few episodes of the series. They seemed less like strong willed women and more boy obsessed. Things always seemed to be revolving around their sex lives.  Not to say that the comic can't take an alternate route and improve. Just feels like striking while the iron is dead cold. "

Actually the network made complete asses of themselves when they announced it cancelled while the actresses were pissed about it and talked in the media.  They weren't cancelled in a way, all their contracts were up and no one was planning to renew.  Since WB has always been asses to them while they gave them strong ratings, beaten them to the punch.
 
I remembered Holly saying "why would they cancel a show with no actors in it?"  LOL at them.
 
Good news about this one though!  Hope they'd have great artists and awesome storylines!
#21 Posted by Kyle Devlin (21 posts) - - Show Bio


Oh My God. This could suck and I'd still be in love with it xD

It doesn't look like its going to deal with the anything before season 4 since it doesn't mention using Shannen's likeness!  
 
Im so happy now xD This has made my day/week/month :D

#22 Posted by .Mistress Redhead. (27119 posts) - - Show Bio

good god..... hell really has frozen over

#23 Posted by AngelFrost (2833 posts) - - Show Bio
@Sapphire Warlock: 
 The first 3 seasons were awesome! (:  I loved Prue/Shannon.  It did go a little downhill after that, but I still enjoyed it.
 
 @Kyle Devlin said:

before season 4 since it doesn't mention using Shannen's likeness!  
"

 Shannon Doherty has stopped anything of her likeness being involved in the show. :/ that's why her picture wasn't shown on the wall in 'Forever Charmed'
#24 Posted by CATMANEXE (17052 posts) - - Show Bio

whats Charmed?

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