Prairie Village comic book writer about to experience success on TV

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — He’s going from the printed comic book world to TV screens everywhere. A Prairie Village resident is climbing to the top of his industry. Author Jason Aaron will soon see his characters from the “Scalped” graphic novel series come to life on WGN America.

Aaron has been writing his popular series of “Scalped” graphic novels since 2006 and he says for a lifelong comic book creator, moving his creation to television is a delight.

“I’m a comic book writer,” Aaron said. “I still think of myself as a comic book writer. That’s all I wanted to do as a kid.”

Aaron, 41, says the possibility of transforming “Scalped” into a TV series has been alive for a while, and production ideas are only now taking shape.

Aaron’s popular series centers around Dashiell Bad Horse, a Native American who returns to his South Dakota reservation after many years away. The novels are often violent, harsh and gritty. That’s why fans of the genre say they love the books.

“It’s not just about the level of nudity or bloodshed,” Aaron explained. “It’s about not pulling punches story-wise and character-wise. It’s a very gritty story.”

“The ‘Scalped’ series was a critical darling, I would say,” said Frank Mangiaracina, owner of both local B-Bop Comics stores.

Mangiaracina said the ‘Scalped’ novels, and their comic art, have been a big hit.

“I take a certain amount of pride in any local guy hitting it big,” Mangiaracina said. “I hope this is him hitting it big. He’s a nice guy and he deserves it.”

Fans like Mangiaracina have seen other comic books turn into mega-million dollar Hollywood productions — such as the X-Men or The Walking Dead, but will the TV show be as brutal as the books?

“This is just the beginning,” Aaron said. “It’s still in development. Who knows where it goes from that?”

Aaron told FOX 4 News he isn’t sure if he will write episodes of the forthcoming television show or if the producers will take story lines from the existing 10 books in the series.

There is no date for casting or production to begin on the “Scalped” TV series.

WGN America is owned by Tribune Broadcasting, which is also the parent company of FOX 4 Kansas City.

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