While the classic teen sitcom Saved By the Bell aired its last episode way back in 1994, Zack, Slater, Kelly, Lisa, Screech, and Jessie live on today in fondly remembered blog posts, listicles, and a recent TV reunion on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Now, fans of the unique on-screen chemistry, wholesome humor, and zany antics of the original have something new to look forward to as an official Saved By the Bell graphic novel from Roar, the young readers imprint of Lion Forge Comics, hits bookstore shelves.
"I have had the privilege of getting to know the people at Lion Forge who have created the new Saved by the Bell comic book franchise,” said actor Dennis Haskins, who portrayed Bayside High’s Principal Belding on the show. “I know firsthand that they care about what's important to all of us; that the characters ring true from the past to the present. I hope everyone enjoys this new version of Saved by the Bell.”
Relatable but safe for younger kids, a whole generation grew up watching the misadventures of these teen idols on the classic television series. At a time when Saturday morning was ruled by cartoons, the show ushered in an era of live-action tween comedies that still reigns supreme. Roar Comics Senior Editor Adam Staffaroni aimed to recapture this vitality when creating the new stories featured in the graphic novel.
“The continued popularity of the show for more than 20 years is a testament to how iconic these characters are,” Staffaroni said. “We couldn't think of a better way to bring fans back to Bayside than to send the characters back to their freshman year and open up a world of story possibility. They now have the one thing the rest of us never get -- a chance to relive their high school years.”
Saved By the Bell maintains the episodic feel and tight comedic timing of the TV series thanks to veteran television scribe Joelle Sellner (Teen Titans, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes) who scripted the volume. The characters come alive through expressive illustrations by multiple Eisner Award-nominated Chynna Clugston Flores (Blue Monday, Queen Bee) and Tim Fish (The Graphic Canon, Uncanny X-Men: Nation X). The creative team will be promoting the book at a series of convention appearances around the country, including next week’s Comic Con International in San Diego, CA.
Roar Comics titles (including Saved By the Bell) are available on all digital platforms, and the print volume, produced with IDW Publishing, is available today everywhere books are sold. Saved By the Bell content is developed through a licensing agreement with Universal Partnerships & Licensing.