TCA: Rob Thomas Explains iZombie Changes From The Comics TCA: Rob Thomas Explains iZombie Changes From The Comics
Executive Producer Rob Thomas talks about changes to iZombie from the comic books. TCA: Rob Thomas Explains iZombie Changes From The Comics

Before there was iZombie the upcoming (and fantastic) CW series, premiering Tuesday night, March 17, there was iZombie the DC/Vertigo comic book series, from creators Chris Roberson and Michael Allred.

IZombie_-1_coverThe comic book featured a lead character named Gwen Dylan who was friends with a were-terrier and a ghost girl. Liv Moore, the primary character of The CW’s iZombie, is a bit more down to Earth… and unlike Gwen, Liv Moore isn’t digging the Earth.

“We didn’t hew terribly closely to the source material,” Executive Producer Rob Thomas admitted today in the iZombie panel at the TCA Press Tour. “In the iZombie comic book, there’s a whole monster universe. There are were‑terriers and ghosts,” he explained.

ZMB101C_0119b“We wanted to stay strictly zombie, so we only have zombies in the show. And we really needed a story engine. We wanted to do a case‑of‑the‑week show. In the comic book, the main character is a gravedigger and that’s how she gets her brains. By making her an assistant medical examiner and putting her in the morgue, it gave us our case of the week that we wanted,” he said.

You can read the original iZombie comic book series digitally or in trade paperback form from DC Comics. As mentioned before, iZombie premieres March 17 on The CW. Both can be enjoyed, and the TV show does have some very cool nods to the comics.

Below, find a new trailer that The CW released today:

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