'Napoleon Dynamite' Getting Comic Book Sequel

Napoleon Dynamite #1 Cover A - Sara Richard IDW Publishing Publicity-P 2019
Courtesy of Sara Richard/IDW Publishing
A new four-issue series set after the 2004 cult movie will come from IDW in September.

Although comic books offer adventure starring all kinds of heroes, one thing has been missing for some time: a hero with nunchuck, bowhunting and computer hacking skills. This fall, that’s about to change, with IDW Publishing launching a Napoleon Dynamite comic book series.

Set just after the hit 2004 movie, the four-issue series sees Pedro’s reign as student body president threatened when he’s accused of having cheated in the election, pushing Napoleon and Deb to have to uncover the truth to clear Pedro’s name before it’s too late.

Writing the new series are Carlos Guzman-Verdugo and Alejandro Verdugo, co-creators of the indie comic Time Cheetah, with Adventure Time veteran Jorge Monlongo providing art. The first issue features cover art by Sara Richard (above), as well as variant covers featuring a photo from the original movie, and artwork from Monlongo.

Napoleon Dynamite is a pop-culture staple, a coming-of-age cult classic that spoke to the weirdo in all of us. It’s an honor to have the chance to expand on the lives of Napoleon, Deb, and Pedro — characters that continue to resonate to this day. I still see people wearing ‘Vote for Pedro’ t-shirts!” Verdugo said in a statement about the series.

Added Guzman-Verdugo, “With this new story, we’re focusing on matching the movie’s unique tone, finding that perfect blend of oddball comedy and charming slice-of-life drama. It’s certainly been a challenge but one we’re sure will pay off for longtime fans.”

The series will launch in September.