Today’s Popular TV Shows: There’s a Comic Book for That

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You might be surprised to find that a lot of today’s most recent and popular television shows have graphic novel companions, or in some cases, were actually based off of comic books. For those of us that have trouble waiting for the next episode, or have that one show you wait for all year, there’s a couple solutions. The most obvious involves self improvement and fresh air, maybe a learn a new language or go for a jog.

The less obvious, but more entertaining and less preachy, involves finding a reading supplement. AMC especially seems to like these sorts of companions, but really they’re all over. Of course, a lot of TV shows and movies stem from books or have books based off them — but a graphic novel lets you take a nervous step back from committing to the many thousands of pages of George R.R. Martin’s books while still getting a nice visually-accompanied story. Don’t get me wrong — absolutely read his books. But here are some graphic novel options for Game of Thrones and more.

1. The Walking Dead

Before anyone gets defensive — yes, The Walking Dead graphic novel came first, a black and white, humorously gruesome ongoing series. But as with many things, sometimes people don’t notice written items until they’ve wandered across the TV screen — it’s just how things work. What this means is that like any television series based ona book, you can read ahead or, retrospectively, see what could have been or what will happen in the next season.

This is especially useful for those who have interest in the writers intentions, who want to know what happens to Rick, or who dies next. There are shows like Dexter, which are based off of books that keep to drastically different timelines and storylines. The Walking Dead comic book was written by Robert Kirkman, who has also been involved in the creation of the television series — meaning the two works are more likely to be interchangeable and follow similar plots.

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