Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction land TV deal for ‘Sex Criminals,’ more

Feb. 25, 2015 | 12:23 p.m.

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction are bringing their big ideas to the small screen.

The married comic book duo has signed a deal with Universal TV to adapt some of their comic properties for television, as well as create original TV series concepts, an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

“Sex Criminals,” $3.50 per issue: When Suzie and Jon have sex, time stops; and when time stops, they rob banks. It’s for a good cause -- and it’s all very, very funny. Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s smart, sex comedy is definitely for mature readers, but it’s best enjoyed by those with a dash of immaturity. Would your Valentine find an absurd sex manual drawn on a bathroom stall funny? It’s in the first issue. The Image Comics series – which Time magazine picked as the best comic of 2013 -- is just four issues in, so it’s easy to catch up. And it features one of the most entertaining letters columns in the medium. (Image Comics)

“Sex Criminals” (Image Comics)

Among the first batch of titles to get the TV treatment is “Sex Criminals,” Chip Zdarsky and Fraction’s Eisner- and Harvey Award-winning comedy-adventure series  about a librarian named Suzie and an actor named Jon who freeze time when they orgasm — a power they use to rob banks.

Other titles slated for TV adaptation have yet to be announced. DeConnick is perhaps best known for her work on Marvel Comics’ “Captain Marvel.” (The character is headed to the big screen in 2018.) More recently, she has written the myth-infused western “Pretty Deadly” with artist Emma Ríos and sci-fi women’s jailbreak story “Bitch Planet” with artist Valentine de Landro.

Fraction is known for his popular run on Marvel’s “Hawkeye,” as well as the creator-owned spy saga “Casanova” with Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, early-days-of-television scandal story “Satellite Sam” with Howard Chaykin and, most recently, the female-led sci-fi Odyssey reworking “ODY-C” with Christian Ward.

Which of Fraction and DeConnick’s independent properties do you want to see made into a TV series? And who should play Jon and Suzie in “Sex Criminals”? Sound off in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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