BOOM! STUDIOS’ NEXT ADVENTURE TIME GRAPHIC NOVEL IS ‘BITTER SWEETS’ BY KATE LETH AND ZACHARY STERLING
By Chris Sims
If there is one thing that I have learned in my time here at ComicsAlliance, it’s that the public’s hunger for Adventure Time cannot be sated, and only grows ever stronger as we offer up more and more to its howling maw. But offer we will, and in the process we’ll get some pretty great comics out of the deal, including both the Eisner-winning ongoing series and a line of original graphic novels focusing on smaller groups of characters.
This week, BOOM! announced the latest in the OGN series, Bitter Sweets, in which writer and Kate Or Die creator Kate Leth and artist Zachary Sterling, reuniting the team behind the best-selling Adventure Time: Seeing Red for a new story that focuses on Princess Bubblegum and Peppermint Butler. And this time, they’re in full color.
THE ‘ADVENTURE TIME’ CAST MAKE THEIR OWN ZINES IN ISSUE #30
By Chris Sims
One of the great thing about the Adventure Time comics — and there are a lot of great things about the Adventure Time comics — is how great they are for telling stories with the familiar Cartoon Network characters that you could only really tell in comics. The best example might have been the fantastic Choose-Your-Own-Adventure issue, but next week, writer Ryan North and artists Kat Philbin, Missy Pena, Becca Tobin, Liz Prince, Carey Pietsch, Jesse Tise, Ian McGinty, T. Zysk, David Cutler, Yumi Sakugawa, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (phew) are doing it again with a special issue that’s all about the cast making their own zines.
That’s right, everyone: If you’ve ever wanted to know what a zine would look like if it was made by BMO, now is your chance to find out. It’s about a bear named Cool Bear, and it is amazing.
BOOM! ANNOUNCES 2014 COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVES FROM ADAM HUGHES, NOELLE STEVENSON, TESSA STONE, ROGER LANGRIDGE AND MORE
Terrifyingly, it’s just a few weeks until Comic-Con International annexes most of downtown San Diego and with it, our souls. But with a new comics convention comes a new offering of exclusive stuff from BOOM! Studios. The publisher of the Adventure Time line of comics as well Lumberjanes and Bee and Puppycat and others is known among rarities collectors for its convention-only releases, and they’ll be back at their booth with more at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Check out the company’s latest assortment of exclusives below, including the hardcover Mathematical Edition of Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens.
JIM RUGG’S INSANE ‘ADVENTURE TIME’ RUN CONCLUDES IN NEXT WEEK’S ISSUE #29
By Andy Khouri
Finn and Jake have been on a crazy ride over the last four issues of BOOM! Studios’ Adventure Time series. Courtesy of Eisner-winning series writer Ryan North and visiting artist Jim Rugg, the plucky pair have traversed dark dungeons, confronted mind-body dualism by dying and becoming ghosts, pranked the Ice King, reprogrammed BMO, and been busted by spook hunter Ant-Ghost Princess. Naturally along the way they’ve made some eminently bad calls that have screwed everything up for basically everybody in the Land of Ooo. Also we saw the Mecha Lumpy Space Princess. Finally, this particular saga comes to an end in issue #27, which BOOM! promises will see the intervention of an “unlikely” ally.
Once described by ComicsAlliance writer Dylan Todd as “too good at comics,” Jim Rugg is the creator of critical hits Street Angel or Afrodisiac, and has been meeting and occasionally eclipsing even his own considerably high standards with this run of Adventure Time issues. Synthesizing his clean graphic style with the whimsical models of Pendleton Ward’s animated series, Rugg’s collaboration with North has been super-expressive, technically on point and just really damn funny.
‘ADVENTURE TIME’ #28 ASKS: WHO YA GONNA CALL WHEN FINN AND JAKE ARE GHOSTS? ANTI-GHOST PRINCESS!
It’s one of those weird quirks about comics that when something is really, really good, you kind of forget about it for a while. Being great becomes the standard, so you almost forget about how good it is until something comes along and it suddenly gets even better. Like, say, when the Adventure Time comic teams up writer Ryan North with Street Angel and Afrodisiac creator Jim Rugg to introduce a bold new character named Anti-Ghost Princess in next week’s issue.
That’s right, Finn and Jake have shuffled off this mortal coil and have been reduced to haunting the candy castle, leading Princess Bubblegum to call in Anti-Ghost Princess and her team to handle these supernatural shennanigans once and for all. And I can assure you: this bit of busting certainly makes me feel good.
PREVIEW: FINN AND JAKE GO FULL COWBOY IN ‘ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE’ #5
After six seasons of a TV show and a few years of an Eisner-winning comic book, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve got a pretty good handle on Finn and Jake, the stars of Adventure Time. Like, we can relate to them and we know how they think, which is why we completely understand it when we pop open a comic and find them encouraging a wizard to go out and kidnap princesses.
Yes, friends, in Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover and Wook Jin Clark‘s Adventure Time: The Flip Side #5, Finn and Jake are actually pro-princess-napping in this comic, and what’s more, they are also cowboys. This is not code language. Perhaps the preview below will explain things.
IT’S A WHOLE NEW LANDSCAPE FOR FIONNA AND CAKE IN ‘ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL’ #1
Tiny Kitten Teeth creators Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt are no stranger to Adventure Time, having lent their talents to a number of Boom!’s all-ages books, but they always manage to leave their Becky & Frank mark. This Wednesday in Adventure Time Annual #1 the duo does it again with a special horizontally-oriented storyline that gives their whimsical, painted take on Fionna and Cake all the room it needs to breathe — and it’s going to need room because this comic winds back the clock to see just how the future heroes of Ooo behaved as kids.
KENT OSBORNE EXPLAINS HOW TONY HAWK INSPIRED ‘ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY’ (SORT OF)
When Boom! filled us in that Adventure Time head writer Kent Osborne would be teaming with Regular Show: Skips artist Mad Rupert for a new series in July that’d include the show’s recently-introduced Root Beer Guy, I was intrigued. When the title of the book was revealed to be Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy, I was ecstatic. I finally had a reason to make someone answer a question relating to the Police Academy franchise! Fortunately for ComicsAlliance, Kent is a very good sport. Read on to learn about how Kent crossed over from the world of AT animation into comics, who some of his favorite creators are, and how Tony Hawk fits into it all.
ComicsAlliance: The impression I have is that people in animation don’t necessarily have time to dig into all the ways their work is adapted that they aren’t directly involved with — be it in comics, video games, etc. Have you been keeping an eye on the Adventure Time comics up to this point?
Kent Osborne: I’ve read a lot of the comics. I remember when the first issue came out and I thought it was awesome. As a fan I was really satisfied. I read Natasha [Allegri]‘s story, of course. I really like seeing the different styles, too. It’s cool to see interpretations of Finn and Jake by artists like Jeffrey Brown, Frank and Becky, Phil McAndrew, Zac Gorman, Paul Pope…ehh… the list goes on and on… oh! Ricardio by Pen’s mom, Betty. Oh my gosh. I love all the variant covers. I have them all in mint condition because I want to give them to my grandkids one day. Oh wait, I’m not married… Well, I’ll give them to someone one day—maybe a bill collector, or some mob goons… probably mob goons.
FINN AND JAKE ACHIEVE SPECTRE STATUS IN RYAN NORTH & JIM RUGG’S ‘ADVENTURE TIME’ #27
yan North’s Adventure Time run with artist Jim Rugg has yielded many welcome surprises (a mecha Lumpy Space Princess, for one) but fans have also paid a price for such a creative rampage as Finn and Jake have learned about mind-body dualism the hard way by becoming ghosts in a machine. Now the spectral heroes have to turn to the last person they can usually count on to return to being flesh and buds: Ice King. Get an exclusive first-look at next week’s Adventure Time #27 past the cut for a taste of how the heroes fare on their quest to become corporeal.
Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con 2014 is just around the corner, and while I’ve been trying to figure out if I can make it to the very first Starbucks to complete my tour of original chain restaurant locations (I went to the first KFC back in 2005, there is a museum attached), the folks at Boom! Studios have been busy with a new set of variant covers! They’ll be offering a handful of Emerald City exclusive covers at the show, and they’re all pretty awesome.
Check our site to see the roster of ECCC variants, including a Nirvana-inspired take on Adventure Time, a new look at Lumberjanes #1, a Punch-Out!! homage for Regular Show: Skips, and a new cover for The Midas Flesh #1 by Sex Criminals artist Chip Zdarsky!