'Twilight Zone' Gets the Graphic Treatment

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NPR Reports · Generations of television watchers have thrilled to the creepy wonders of the Twilight Zone. In Rod Serling's vision of a parallel world, coincidence reigns and demise comes with plenty of hints.

Now a group of students at the Savannah College of Art and Design has re-imagined original Twilight Zone scripts as a series of eight graphic novels.

Anna Burgard, director of the college's Industry Partnerships program, got the idea after talking with Earl Hamner, one of the Twilight Zone's original scriptwriters. Burgard had been intrigued by the school's Sequential Art Department, whose 400 students deal in comics, graphic novels, anything with images in sequence.

Hamner introduced Burgard to Carol Serling, Rod Serling's widow, who gave the green light to the graphic novels.

For the students, the work provided a chance to bring their own take to a pop classic. The Serling stories show surprising staying power. "They're still really relevant," Burgard says, "and they're still really entertaining."

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