NYCC 2012: DnA Go Cosmic Again in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Announced last week in the buzz surrounding New York Comic Con, New Jersey-based comic publisher Dynamite Entertainment has recruited the veteran writing duo of Abnett and Lanning to take on its Battlestar Galactica comics franchise to a new era. Based on the continuity of the original series and picking up where screenwriter Marc Guggenheim left off a few years back, Abnett and Lanning will continue Galactica’s journey in a new series set for release in 2013, the 35-year anniversary of the franchise. The “DnA” duo are long-time fans of Battlestar Galactica.“We've been trying to find a project to work with Nick and the guys at Dynamite for a few years now but either schedule conflicts or time constraints had prevented us up until recently, when Nick met with us at the San Diego con this year,” said Abnett and Lanning, answering collectively. “He threw a few things at us and the one that stood out was to do something in the Battlestar Galactica universe. It goes without saying that we're suckers for space opera on an epic cosmic scale, so we jumped at the chance. We're planning on writing a new ongoing series set in the continuity of the original Battlestar Galactica series, specifically the Galactica 1980 series.”
Since it’s creation some 34 years ago, Battlestar Galactica has gone through several permutations be it television, novels and even comics. But as ardent fans of the original 1978 series, Abnett and Lanning see a simple through line that defines the concept and makes it stand out from other space concepts.
“We both grew up watching the original Battlestar Galactica series,” DnA said. “In the wake of Star Wars and on the crest of the ‘70s fascination with all things sci-fi, Battlestar Galactica stood out because it presented TV viewers with Hollywood style SFX and developed an epic space opera with a compelling and memorable cast of characters and truly scary villains that have stood the test of time.”
“As we said we've got fond memories for the original BSG series and being given the opportunity to add and develop the ideas and continuity of that universe is really exciting.” said the duo. “What was very appealing was picking up from where the last series left off because of the decades that have past. It means that everything has changed, the characters, the world, the entire human race. This is fascinating and creatively full of possibilities.“This sort of world building and alternated reality setting are like cat-nip for us. We are in Battlestar Galactica heaven right now and hope that readers will join us for some exciting and unexpected stories that hopefully will expand the Battlestar Galactica legacy.” Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!