The amazing folks at local comic book stronghold Dark Horse (who gave us the lavishly devious comic-to-movie spin off of Hellboy) have done it again. It was announced this week that another of their titles, Freaks of the Heartland, has been optioned for film. Illustrated by Greg Ruth, Steve Niles’ six-part 2004 series about the horrible secret of a rural Middle American town involves Trevor Owen’s attempts to protect his "monster" of a 6-year-old younger brother and Gristlewood Valley’s other "freaks" from their parents’ worst instincts.

Indie crossover director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) has already jumped on board to direct.

Between the partnerships with indie directors, and the recent announcement of a comic archive at PSU, Dark Horse is making friends all over town. Read more in our Books & Talks section.