Ice Cream Man, a fantastic comic series from W. Maxwell Prince, is being adapted into a series! Yes, we’re going to see the Image Comics anthology about a suburban and 50’s chic ice cream man who tortures and torments his customers with dead parents, failed dreams, visions of a melty hell, and oh so much more scoop up the small screen. That’s one heaping blood-and-bone flavored scoop of joy, if you ask me!
But then, in a sinister fashion that the titular ice cream man would find quite pleasing, we have to add a second scoop of crushing disappointment. The series will be coming to very small screens, as it’s slated for that streaming service everyone’s forgotten about–Quibi.
The one that’s getting Spielberg’s After Dark, Alexandre Aja’s Tomie, and a Reno 911 revival can now add another series that deserves better to its sepulcher. This is sad, crappy news drizzled like septic syrup over what should be a sugary sweet treat.
Quibi will launch April 9, 2020. Apps are available for Android and iPhone, since Quibi’s meant to be watched only on phones. Each episode will to run less than ten minutes in what’s supposed to be a ground-breaking move for short-form series, even though YouTube series were doing the same thing forever ago.
That all might be well and good, but remember that the service will be $4.99 a month with ads, or $7.99 a month without ads. If you pre-order you can get your first two weeks free, and that’s–well, that’s still nothing, isn’t it?
Every time I read about Quibi I don’t get it, and I still don’t get it. Cutting out a niche in the streaming market is tough, and I don’t see where Quibi fits in at its price. Maybe I’m crazy. I feel crazy what with all the content it’s getting. Yet I can’t possibly see how it’ll survive. I guess we’ll all find out soon enough.