Comic Book Writers Matt Fraction & Kelly Sue DeConnick Sign Deal With Universal TV, Will Adapt ‘Sex Criminals’ To Series

Comic book power couple Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick are venturing into television with a two-year overall deal at Universal TV. Under the pact, the married duo will adapt some of their comic books as well as original TV series concepts. They also plan to use their Milkfed Criminal Masterminds production company as a TV launchpad for other comic creators’ IP.

“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,” said Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria.

As their MCM is expanding into television, Fraction and DeConnick have hired Lauren Sankovitch as Managing Editor. One of the first projects the company is developing under the Uni TV deal is an adaptation of the Eisner Award- and Harvey Award-winning comic Sex Criminals, created by Fraction with partner Chip Zdarsky. Image Comics’ Sex Criminals, named the best comic of the year in 2013 by Time magazine, centers on a female librarian and male actor who discover they can freeze time when they orgasm.

Fraction is a multiple Eisner-winning comic book writer known for his work on Hawkeye, The Invincible Iron Man, The Mighty Thor, Avengers Vs. X-Men and other Marvel comics. He has created such Image Comics properties as ODY-C (co-created with Christian Ward), Casanova (co-created with Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon), Satellite Sam (co-created with Howard Chaykin), Last Of The Independents (co-created with Kieron Dwyer), Five Fists Of Science (co-created with Steven Sanders) and Bitch Planet (co-created with Valentine De Landro). He was a consultant on the Iron Man 2 film. In TV, he wrote an episode of FX’s animated comedy Archer.

In 2013, DeConnick debuted on the independent scene with Pretty Deadly, a brutal mythological Western co-created with Spanish artist Emma Rios. That led to Image Comics setting DeConnick’s independent venture Bitch Planet, a riff on women in prison exploitation films of the 1960s and ’70s. In the mainstream market, the Eisner-nominated DeConnick is known as the force behind the character Carol Danvers’ reinvention as Captain Marvel (the book that gave rise to the Carol Corps). DeConnick is the first female writer of an ongoing Avengers title in Avengers Assemble.

Fraction and DeConnick are repped by Rothman Brecher Agency and attorney Shep Rosenman.

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