Hellboy, Frodo and Peter Panzerfaust

First aired on The Afternoon Edition (29/04/13)

People lined up for hours at Chicago's Comic and Entertainment Expo, held the last week of April, to talk to Saskatchewan comic book writer Kurtis J. Wiebe. He's the author of the Peter Panzerfaust series, and in a recent interview on The Afternoon Edition, he talked about where the popular comic is headed.

"Peter Panzerfaust is the story of Peter Pan that's been adapted to the real world, and 1940s France, when the Germans are invading," Wiebe told host Craig Lederhouse.

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At the comics convention, Wiebe unveiled the first trailer for the motion comic of Peter Panzerfaust. Wiebe explained that the process involves "taking the actual frames from the comic and animating action sequences and backgrounds and movement over top of that original art, and they take out the word balloons that are normally in a comic and replace it with actual voice-over."

Some major Hollywood stars have signed on to do the voice-overs: Elijah Wood (Frodo from The Lord of the Rings) is Peter, Summer Glau (from the TV show Firefly) plays Wendy and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) plays the villainous Captain Hook.

The motion comic is still a few months off from being distributed. There's also a BBC TV show in development. "It's surreal," Wiebe said. "I'm not going to believe it until I see it on the screen. It's really exciting but it doesn't feel real yet."

Wiebe went on to say that it wasn't until he attended the Chicago convention that he had a sense of how big a following his comic series has. "It was an eye-opener that there are a lot people out there reading this book, and there's a lot of excitement around it."



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