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Badass Digest Episode 25: Adapting Comic Books Into Movies

Bryan Lee O'Malley (SCOTT PILGRIM), Ed Brubaker (CAPTAIN AMERICA, FATALE) and comicgirl19 weigh in on turning four color pages into big screen spectacle.

These days you just sort of assume a comic book is going to turn into a movie. In fact there were a couple of years there were guys were taking their movie pitches and turning them in to comics because they were so easy to sell. 

But what makes a comic adaptation work? Why has Marvel been so successful while DC has been floundering outside of Batman? What are the best comic adaptations? I went right to the experts: Bryan Lee O'Malley, whose Scott Pilgrim series became the cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Ed Brubaker, whose Captain America comics are influencing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and YouTube superstar comicgirl19, who represents the fan side of the equation. We hung out at Meltdown Comics, LA's coolest comic store, had a couple of beers and chatted. 

This is one of my favorite episodes, and I hope you guys like it too. And I hope these great guests will one day return - we had a lot of fun!