Total Nerd Comic Books That Would Make Great Cartoons  

Jacoby Bancroft
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List Rules Vote up the comics that you think have the most potential as animated TV shows

Cartoons based on comic books are nothing new, but they're often limited to familiar superhero properties. Why do some people look down on animated shows? For some reason, they believe that a cartoon lacks the heart and maturity of a live-action show, but they could not be more wrong. Cartoons sometimes offer rich storytelling potential because animators can create any environment or setting, while live-action shows are beholden to a budget that limits possibilities. Animation, on the hand, can bring comics to the screen without diluting the visuals or imagination on display.

One of the strongest inspirations for new animated shows should be comic books, and below you'll find a list of comic books that should be cartoons. These are all comic books that could be adapted into great cartoons. Some of these comics were chosen for their creativity, others for their emotional richness, but in the end, all of them would make great animated shows. Check it out and vote up the comic books that would make great cartoons. 
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I Hate Fairyland

I Hate Fairyland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Comic Books That Would Make Great Cartoons
Photo:  Image Comics

It’s a classic tale: transported to a magical land, a little girl is given a quest by the Cloud Fairy to retrieve a key that could send her home. She’s given a magic map and a little worm guide, and sent on her way. It’s every little girl’s fantasy. In this case, though, the girl has been stuck in Fairyland for 27 years and she still cannot find the motherfluffing key!

Now she’s a grown-up homicidal maniac trapped in a little girl’s body, tearing through Fairyland and leaving nothing but destruction in her wake as she searches for a way home. I Hate Fairyland is the type of adult comic that would make a great cartoon on Adult Swim. It features the sort of clever, genre-bending comedy that has made Rick and Morty such a massive success. In fact, an I Hate Fairyland show would pair nicely with Rick and Morty. As a cable series, it could be mature, it could be beautifully animated, and most importantly, it could be hilarious. 

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Fables is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Comic Books That Would Make Great Cartoons
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Absolutely everything about the Fables comic book series would make a fantastic cartoon. It has a kooky premise anchored by surprisingly fleshed-out characters and mature storylines. It deals with classic fairy tale and folkloric characters who were forced out of their homelands by an evil conqueror and now live in a secret New York community called Fabletown. If that sounds like ABC’s Once Upon a Time, it’s basically the same idea, except Fables arrived years earlier.

The comic somehow manages to lean on its childish premise while still being appealing to adults looking for a high-quality story and characters who really feel alive. The book doesn't focus on just one character, but instead takes the time to explore countless Fabletown residents and how they interact with each other. Everyone has an interesting backstory, so an animated show exploring how this community works could last a long time. 

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The Four Norsemen of the Apocalypse

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Comedy Central has dabbled in animation many times, and while South Park has been a triumph, other animated attempts have fallen completely flat. That would change if the network decided to create an animated show around The Four Norseman of the Apocalypse.

It’s basically The A-Team, only filthier and more magical. It follows a cocky fighter pilot who dies and gets sent to Valhalla, where he's meant to fight in an epic battle for all eternity. Shocked at the lack of women in his afterlife, he and his three new Viking friends break out of Valhalla. They get a magic van from a mysterious bar owner and are sent on quests across all the afterlives, but soon get caught up in a war with all-powerful gods. What could make this even better? Get H. Jon Benjamin to voice the main character.

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Saga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Comic Books That Would Make Great Cartoons
Photo:  Image Comics

Who doesn’t love a good space adventure? Unfortunately, live-action space shows are a little too expensive for networks to invest in, but if a network like SyFy wanted to create an animated show based on an awesome space comic book, they should seriously consider Saga. It tells the story of a husband and wife from different alien races that have been at war for centuries.

The star-crossed lovers flee from authorities from both of their home planets, as they try to protect their newborn daughter, Hazel. It’s sort of like Romeo and Juliet, but only if Juliet had wings, Romeo had horns, and a whole slew of galactic bounty hunters and space cops were chasing them. Only it's far, far trippier and odder than even that description suggests.

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