Lincoln Butterfield’s RIP, M.D. to Debut as Comic

Animation studio Lincoln Butterfield will debut its RIP, M.D. animated TV property as a series of graphic novels to be published by Fantagraphics.

Created by Mitch Schauser, RIP, M.D. is described as an edgy, teen-targeted property that takes a comical look at the real-life problems of monsters. The graphic novel series is set to debut in the first quarter of 2010.

‘We’re very pleased at the opportunity to pair RIP, M.D. with a publisher that we clearly respect for what they have done with their own stable of comic book and graphic novel properties,’ said Joseph Walker, associate producer/partner, Lincoln Butterfield. ‘We look forward to working with Fantagraphics on what is sure to be an incredibly fun series.’

‘The only licensed properties we’ve published to date have been newspaper strips’Peanuts, Popeye, Prince Valiant‘so this is new territory for us, but when I saw the work they’d done on RIP, M.D., I couldn’t resist,’ said Gary Groth, co-founder of Fantagraphics Books. ‘It’s smart, funny and has a jazzy visual style that tells the story with verve; it’s precisely the kind of work that our profession constantly laments isn’t published enough’good comics that will appeal to kids.’