Ryan North Talks ‘Adventure Time’ Comic: “The Zombies Represent Friendship” [Interview]
By Laura Hudson
To say that we here at ComicsAlliance are fans of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time is understating things almost as much as saying that we’re fans of Dinosaur Comics creator Ryan North. They’re like chocolate and peanut butter for us, which is why were were all thrilled at the announcement that North would be writing the all-new Adventure Time comic that’s coming out in February from Boom! Studios.
That’s why today, we’ve sat down with North for an interview about his first foray into writing a licensed comic, whether or not he’s going to adapt his signature Dinosaur Comics style to the adventures of Finn and Jake, and how friendship is like a zombie outbreak.
ComicsAlliance: How did they approach you to write for the Adventure Time comic? It seems like the creators of the show follow at least a few webcomics — there was an episode where the Ice King hid inside an animated version of Kate Beaton’s Fat Pony — so were they already fans of your work?
Ryan North: Yep! The editors knew me through Dinosaur Comics and floated the idea of me writing the comic to [Adventure Time creator] Pen Ward, and he said “sounds great!” (actually I don’t know his words so I can only ASSUME he said something equally enthusiastic) and then here we are! Pen is a great guy and a lot of us know him already, so it’s easy and fun to make things work out like this.
CA: How did you know the editors that you were interested in writing the comic? Were you already a fan of the show?
RN: I don’t know how they came up with my name, but I hope it was because they thought it would be TOTALLY SWEET PAIRING?
I was already a fan of Adventure Time from way back when the pilot short was released on YouTube, yeah! That was super convenient, because it made a) knowing the characters I was agreeing to write for easy and b) the whole project super exciting for me. If it were any other show I’d probably say no just because I’d have to watch days of television to catch up and know what’s going on, but come on, Adventure Time? I am ALL OVER that.
Read more of this interview at ComicsAlliance.
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