The popular Emmy-winning (and recent Golden Globe-nominated) original Netflix series GLOW is getting its own four-issue mini series in March thanks to IDW Publishing. Written by Tini Howard (Euthanauts, WWE, Rick & Morty) and drawn by Hannah Templer (Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions), the book will also be executive produced by the co-creators of the show Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch.
“We’re thrilled to work with IDW to bring new stories to life on the page and in the ring. Can we smoosh 14 women into a little frame? Only time will tell… but we couldn’t be more excited!” the producers say.
The Netflix series starring Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin has garnered huge accolades for its fun, action-packed, and even heartwarming look behind the scenes of the 1980s Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling phenomenon. The comic will focus on the GLOW gals and their fundraising match against seasoned female wrestlers. Problem is, they haven’t honed their piledrivers and powerbombs quite yet.
“I’m more than just a GLOW fan, I’m a wrestling fan, too. I’ve written wrestling comics before, and I adore it,” says Howard. “Wrestling and comic books are a natural fit for more than just tights and fights. Each of the gorgeous ladies has either developed her own character or adapted to one thrust upon her, and making that identity her own is not dissimilar to, say, putting on a bat costume.”
Artist Templer explains, “I’m absolutely thrilled about the visual opportunities a GLOW comic offers – there is a wealth of inspiration to be drawn from ’80s animation, fashion, and even wrestling magazines. I also think GLOW, which takes real-world conflicts and settles them within the fantasy of the wrestling ring, provides a really fun arena for expressiveness and visual play!”
Glow #1 is set to hit comic shops in March 2019. The 32-page book will also feature variant covers by Cara McGee, Tess Fowler, and Paulina Ganucheau.