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When a work leaves room for continued adventures or ends on an outright Sequel Hook, but is continued in a different medium.

This is most likely due to the original work not doing well financially, but has enough interest to merit continuation in a cheaper medium. Alternatively, they were Screwed by the Network of the original medium and they have to continue it in another. In case of movie continuation from other media, it may also mark a special part of the whole story.

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See also The Resolution Will Not Be Televised and its inverse Recycled: The Series. Related to Expanded Universe when the other media-sequels are treated as a lesser canon. Compare Anime First and Comic-Book Adaptation, as well as Continuation, Fan Sequel and Flash Forward Fic for Fan Fic examples. If the continuation is in the same medium that the predecessor was itelf adapted from, see Recursive Adaptation.

Note that cases of prequels and interquels also count here; the point is, the works are all part of the same timeline.


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Examples by the original medium

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    Anime and Manga 

    Asian Animation 
  • The story of BoBoiBoy Galaxy was not continued with a second proper television season; it was instead continued as a comic book series being advertised as Season 2.

    Comic Book 
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    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • The Dark Tower was adapted into a film of the same name, with all marketing pointing to it being a loose adaptation. It was actually a Stealth Sequel.
  • Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green-Sky Trilogy was followed up with Below the Root, a video game conclusion to the series.
  • The same company also consulted with Ray Bradbury to make an authorized text adventure sequel to Fahrenheit 451.
  • The first book and two chapters from the second book about Madicken were first adapted into a TV series in six parts. The rest of the second book was adapted into a movie. And to make things complicated, material from the first TV series was used to make a second movie and material from the first movie was used to make a second TV series.
  • Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club eventually got a sequel, Fight Club 2, published as a monthly comic book series later collected in trade paperback. A threequel, Fight Club 3, was also released in this format.
  • The Witcher games are the continuation of the books series. That being said, the author of the books doesn't consider the games to be canon.
  • Several of H.P. Lovecraft's works have received this treatment.
    • At the Mountains of Madness has two sequels in tabletop game format, with the Beyond the Moutnains of Madness campaign in Call of Cthulhu and the Assault on the Mountains of Madness campaign in Achtung! Cthulhu. The source book for the later even references the former, letting the keeper decide whether the two campaigns are canon with each other.
    • The Shadow Over Innsmouth also has a prequel/sequel tabletop campaign in the "Escape from Innsmouth" scenario from Call of Cthulhu. It greatly expands on the federal government's raid on Innsmouth that was only briefly mentioned in the original story, while also extrapolating on what happened to both Innsmouth and the horrors it contained after the raid's conclusion. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a somewhat loose adaptation of this scenario.
  • Ringworld was given a 1992 PC game sequel titled Ringworld: Revenge of the Patriarch.
  • High☆Speed! (2013) was given a sequel in the form of the anime franchise Free!.
  • Nnedi Okorafor's comic miniseries LaGuardia is a sequel to her prose novel Lagoon, although there is no character overlap.
  • Harry Potter was given a sequel in the form of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play, as well as prequels in the form of the Fantastic Beasts film series. Both of them are written by J. K. Rowling, hence they are officially canon in both the book and film versions of the Wizarding World.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Cyberpunk were made as book games that jumpstarted the Cyberpunk genre to the mainstream media, while two of their sequels, The Arasaka's Plot (a 2007 mobile game), and Cyberpunk 2077, are video game sequels, with the latter being a Distant Sequel.

    Video Games 

    Web Comics 
  • The Homestuck Epilogues is a novel continuation of the webcomic Homestuck, telling two different versions of what might have happened to the characters after the original comic ended. Notably, the Epilogues repeatedly call their own canonicity as the "true ending" of Homestuck into question, and they make very clear that the controversial original ending is intended to stand on its own. The Epilogues themselves would get a sequel in the original medium three years later.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • Season 11: A "proposed" season set after the series finale, despite the title, it didn't actually cover any new ground and was cancelled after six issues. Word of God states they're non-canon, anyway, with the animated miniseries Adventure Time: Distant Lands serving as the true continuation.
    • Simon & Marcy: A spin-off that covers Simon, aka the former Ice King, suddenly regressing and Marcy's quest to help him culminating in trying rescue Betty who took on the GOLB form in the series finale to save everyone.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender has had several comic books following the end of the show, which run the gamut of exploring plot threads the series left hanging to laying down the foundation for various plot and setting elements present in The Legend of Korra. There are also a number of comics that serve as interquels to the show's events.
    • The Legend of Korra: Following in its predecessor's footsteps, the comics explore the immediate aftermath of the show's fourth season. Namely the issue of the new spirit portal in the middle of Republic City and the remnants of the Earth Nation army still making a bid for power in Kuvira's absence.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers got one in 2010 that continue where the series left off where the rangers regroup once more. Lasted for only for eight issues due to Disney revoking Boom's license after gaining Marvel.
  • Darkwing Duck: The show got a comic book continuation from KaBOOM! Comics in 2010, set a years after the TV series and which had Drake take up the Darkwing persona once more. The series ended after eighteen years, when Disney revoked Boom's license due to now having Marvel under their belt. The comic would be briefly revivedin 2016, ignoring the Boom run's final story arc for legal reasons, before being cancelled after eight issues.
  • The Dragon Prince has a comic book called Through the Moon, which takes place after season three.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
  • Gargoyles: A comic continued the story, headed by main show runner Greg Weisman no less, in 2006, ignoring the show's third season, The Goliath Chronicles. It even got a spin-off, Bad Guys, which as the title states, focuses on the villains of the series. The comics ended up being cancelled when Disney increased their licensing fees, which prompted publisher Slave Labor Graphics to drop the series.
  • Gravity Falls received a single volume dubbed Lost Legends written by the show's creator that, in addition to covering stories taking place during the events of the show and even before it, also has a few set in-between when Bill was defeated and Dipper and Mabel leaving for home.
  • Invader Zim: The comic continues on where Season 2 left off, mostly consisting of self-contained adventures benefitting of the original show's Negative Continuity nature, though a few overarching plot points things did stick. Elements of the comics also showed up in the TV movie, Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes had its own tie-in comic series, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century, which kept going after the show's end and had some stories taking place after it.
  • Mega Man: Fully Charged has a six-issue comic book mini-series that takes place after the first season's ending. It is written by the show's writers and introduces story ideas originally planned for the second season before its cancellation. It also has a notably Darker and Edgier tone compared to the series it is based on.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The tie-in comic book series labeled its final fourteen issues as "Season 10."
  • Over the Garden Wall has a number of tie-in comics by KaBOOM! Comics, some of which are set after the show's end.
  • ReBoot was cancelled (for good) after a Season 4 cliffhanger, but the story continued years later in an official webcomic format hosted by Rainmaker Entertainment, ReBoot: Code of Honor.
  • Regular Show received a six-issue mini called 25 Years Later in which a now older Mordecai and Rigby get into a situation where their kids are taken from them by a magical imp and their quest to get them back.
  • Samurai Jack: From 2013 to 2015, a comic book series was made which continued Jack's adventures and concluded with Jack and his allies preparing to confront Aku in one final battle. The show would get an actual fifth season shortly after, but there are fans who still view the comics as being canon, squeezing them into the 50-year Time Skip between seasons four and five.
    • Said fifth season’s finale received a canonical interquel, Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time, a video game depicting an adventure set between Jack and Ashi jumping through Ashi’s portal to the past to actually arriving in the past. The game’s Golden Ending goes on to retcon the show's ending, showing Ashi surviving and getting to live happily ever after with Jack in the past.
  • In terms of sequel episodes, "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" from The Simpsons had a sequel in the comic series, dubbed the "Quickly Cancelled Comic Book Cavalcade". The stories are continuations of the three spinoffs proposed in the original episode, and true to form, they are as hokey as ever. In the "Wiggum, P.I." story, Wiggum becomes undead and Skinner suspects Big Daddy is behind it. Meanwhile, the eponymous "Lovematic Grandpa" finds his soul switched with that of Moe's Girl of the Week. Finally, "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour" is forced to hold their salute to Rock & Roll on an island due to Homer crashing their plane on the way to their gig in Hollywood.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM): This one is a more complicated example. The comic book came first before the TV series but was more light-hearted against the darker themes of the TV show. After the TV series ended, the comic ended up taking on the more mature theme of the TV series as well as using some of the plotlines that were intended for the show's proposed third season. Thus some fans consider the comic a continuation of the TV series.
  • Prior to the show being Un-Canceled, Star Wars: The Clone Wars had some of its unmade story arcs adapted into other mediums; the comic book miniseries Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir and the novel Dark Disciple were made in a time when it seemed all but certain the show was dead.
  • Teen Titans had a tie-in comic, Teen Titans Go! (not to be confused with the 2013 show of the same name, or the comic based on that show), which ran alongside it. The comic continued after the show ended and told stories taking place after the series finale, which included addressing the show's Ambiguous Ending, and introduced several characters they either couldn't use or had no time to cover (like Ravager, Wildfire, and Donna Troy and Cassie Sandsmark).
  • Before the release of Young Justice Outsiders, DC released a two-issue digital comic book that took place between the previous season and Outsiders, written by series showrunner Greg Weisman. During the DC Fandome virtual event, a audio play called "The Prize" premiered that Weisman also wrote and was performed by the show's voice cast. It canonically takes place between Outsiders and Phantoms.
    • The show's original comic book tie-in, also written by Weisman and staff writer Kevin Hopps, also told many canonical stories that were interquels to various episodes. Every story arc but the last one took place around season one, while the final story arc took place exactly one month before the start of Invasion.


Alternative Title(s): Prequel In Another Medium, Interquel In Another Medium, Comic Book Continuation

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