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Adapt This: “Love and Capes” by Thomas F. Zahler

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With Hollywood turning more of its attention to the world of graphic novels for inspiration, I’ll cast the spotlight on a new comic book each week that has the potential to pack a theater or keep you glued to your television screens. At the end of some “Adapt This” columns, you’ll also find thoughts from various comic creators about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.


This Week’s Book: Love and Capes by Thomas F. Zahler

The Premise: Abby’s boyfriend Mark has always been a good guy, but she didn’t know he was actually a hero until he revealed to her that he was actually the super-powered Crusader. As the pair soon find out, nurturing a romantic relationship can be more difficult as protecting the world from complete and utter destruction.

The Pitch: With this being the week of Valentine’s Day, it seemed like an appropriate time to suggest Thomas Zahler’s sweet ode to life, love, and superheroes. Given the right amount of TLC from a talented cast and crew, Love and Capes could fit well into a television network’s lineup, and provide a weekly dose of superhero-flavored romantic comedy.

The series would likely have an easy transition to the television world due to its focus on the two main characters and their relationship, rather than the costumed crime-fighting elements. With most of the superhero action occurring off-camera, the story’s appeal lies in the way Mark’s powers and responsibilities change the way two people meet, fall in love, and take the next step in their relationship. After all, when you can fly around the world, the choice of where to get dinner takes on an entirely new dimension.

Love and Capes also moves past the normal secret-identity element of Abby and Mark’s relationship early on, with Mark revealing that he’s the Crusader in what would likely be the equivalent of a television series’ premiere episode. This allows the story to quickly get into the real meat of Zahler’s storytelling: the way the two blend their unique lives into a long-term, loving relationship.

Whether it’s Abby dealing with Mark’s super-powered buddies (and an ex-girlfriend) or Mark discovering how many things his powers don’t let him do, Love and Capes is a funny, endearing look at modern relationships in the age of the superhero.

The Closing Argument: Dubbed a “heroically super situational comedy,” Love and Capes lives up to its tagline with a great mix of laughs that stem from both the powered/non-powered dynamic of its characters and the very real troubles that many new couples encounter during an evolving relationship. In many ways, it’s a spin on “Lois & Clark” that puts more of the focus on the couple and the comedy of their relationship than the drama and super-powered action.

A television series based on the comic would require little more than the standard sitcom as far as set pieces and effects, and given the success of geeky comedies like “The Big Bang Theory” right now, the timing seems right for a project like this to find its audience.


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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…