Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick are two of the brightest stars working in comics today, both in the realms of corporate-owned superheroes and creator-owned original worlds and characters. Fraction's best known for his Eisner-winning work on books like Invincible Iron Man and Hawkeye at Marvel Comics, and the creator-owned series Sex Criminals, Satellite Sam and ODY-C at Image Comics, while DeConnick is known for her fan-favorite (still ongoing) run on Marvel's Captain Marvel (the comic that brought you the truly amazing fan organization known as the "Carol Corps"), and her creator-owned books like the Eisner-nominated Pretty Deadly and the just-launched Bitch Planet at Image Comics. Even people who don't read many comics know who they are.
They also happen to be a married couple, and under their shared Milkfed Criminal Masterminds production company they just signed a two-year deal with Universal TV that will include an adaptation of Sex Criminals for the small screen. Though no other major details have yet been announced, the agreement will also allow Fraction and DeConnick to launch other adaptations of their comics, develop original series and help bring other comic creators' work to the screen.
"We’re always excited to usher in fresh voices to the television space, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Matt and Kelly Sue, a fantastic pair whose award-winning comics are as deeply realized as they are entertaining,” Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria said.
For those of you who aren't yet on the Brimper bandwagon, Sex Criminals -- written by Fraction and drawn by Chip Zdarsky -- tells the story of a couple who bond after discovering that they both have the strange power to freeze time after having orgasms. After deciding to use this ability to rob a bank and save a library, they discover they aren't the only people dwelling in the underworld of sci-fi-infused sex, and things start to get even weirder. It was named the Best Comic of the Year by Time magazine when it launched back in 2013, and last summer it won the Eisner Award for Best New Series.
There's no word yet on when we'll see any progress on the Sex Criminals TV front, or what else Fraction and DeConnick are developing specifically, but this is exciting news. Two of the most popular creators working in comics right now are crossing over into TV, and they're doing it (for now) with something that isn't a superhero story. We can't wait to see where this goes.