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ADAPT THIS: “The Light” by Nathan Edmondson & Brett Weldele

ADAPT THIS: “The Light” by Nathan Edmondson & Brett Weldele (photo)

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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 the industry’s top comic creators about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.

This Week’s Book: The Light by Nathan Edmondson and Brett Weldele

The Premise: What if the light was your enemy and the darkness was your only safe haven? When something begins causing anyone who looks into the light to spontaneously combust, an unemployed welder and his teenage daughter set off across Oregon to escape the dangers of an artificially illuminated world. What they soon find out is that the light isn’t the only threat that’s out there.

The Pitch: It goes without saying that a compelling sci-fi thriller that doesn’t require much in the way of creature effects or computer-generated elements is bound to be appealing for studios. Match that with a tense narrative that propels its characters forward at a frantic pace, and it’s easy to why a story like The Light could make a great movie.

In many ways, Edmondson’s story is a lot like Stephen King‘s The Mist, with the main characters facing danger from both the mysterious, external forces out to get them and their fellow humans dealing with this deadly scenario. Coyle, the main character, is an unlikely hero thrust into a situation he clearly has no idea how to handle — forced to play the roles of father and protector for his daughter, and someone who’s looked to for guidance by other people.

A film based on The Light could also provide a nice showpiece for an actor looking to establish his leading-man credibility, as the lack of any major “creatures” leaves the lead actors responsible for conveying the fear, tension, and various other emotions spawned by their characters’ predicament. And while there is some visual element to the “villain” of the story, The Light is the sort of horror story that relies more on its cast and director’s skills (and audience’s imagination) than what appears on the screen.

The Closing Argument: While some might compare it to the upcoming alien invasion film “The Darkest Hour,” a movie based on The Light would offer a decidedly more personal take on the “light is your enemy” tale, with more attention paid to the father-daughter relationship of its main characters than the special-effects elements. The Light is as much a psychological thriller as it is a sci-fi or supernatural horror story. Given the dramatic responsibility of the lead roles, it’s the sort of project that would showcase actors’ talents instead of hiding their shortfalls behind flashy effects.

And while that’s all well and good, the story behind The Light is the sort that will keep its audience on the edge of their seats, terrified by what the story might hold, and making a conscious effort to sleep with all of the lights off for a few nights.

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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

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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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