‘Adventure Time: Seeing Red’ Writer Kate Leth On Marceline And Jake’s Quest For The Axe [Interview]
By Chris Sims
Kate Leth is a kind of comics renaissance woman: web cartoonist; retail leader; self-publisher; artist-for-hire contributing to Locke & Key, The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, and numerous projects for BOOM! Studios; and, most recently, a ComicsAlliance guest contributor. But this spring, Leth’s taking on a new role. With Adventure Time: Seeing Red, the third original graphic novel based on the popular Cartoon Network series, Leth’s taken on her first job writing comics — and she’s using the opportunity to take Marceline the Vampire Queen and Jake the Dog on a weekend trip to the Nightosphere.
To find out more about Leth and her new OGN with artist Zachary Sterling, we spoke to Leth about approaching comics as a critic, retailer and creator at the same time, her love of Adventure Time, and why she identifies with Marceline as “an angsty teen at heart.”
By Andy Khouri
A variant cover for a new issue of IDW Publishing’s Powerpuff Girls comic book sparked a bit of a debate over its depiction of the titular, pint-sized heroines as young adults in revealing outfits and heavy makeup. Although the piece by Mimi Yoon was commissioned by PPG licensor Cartoon Network to be offered specifically to direct market comics shops as a collector’s item — as opposed to the “mass market” version for readers of all ages featuring a more traditional PPG cover — the company has decided to cancel the variant over fans’ and retailer concerns about its appropriateness.
By Joe Hughes
Last week Cartoon Network revealed plans to air a brand new Powerpuff Girls special in January. The special, titled “Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed,” in no way involves series creator Craig McCracken. As such, it features a completely reimagined look for Townsville’s heroes, as the Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup get the CG treatment. While the show has a different look, it does reunite the original voice cast, and along for the ride this time is Ringo Starr, debuting a brand new song and giving voice to the “flamboyant mathemetician Fibonacci Sequins,” a character with one of the best names I’ve come across in any show in years.
I’ve got good news, bad news and strange news. Which do you guys want first?
The good? OK. A new CGI-ish Powerpuff Girls special, titled “Dance Pantsed,” will debut on Cartoon Network January 20 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time. The bad news is that show creator Craig McCracken doesn’t seem to have anything to do with it. The strange news: It will prominently feature former Beatle Ringo Starr.
The original 2003-2006 Teen Titans animated series ran for 65 episodes, but for whatever reason, it never got around to a holiday episode (the closest it came was with a story in its tie-in comic book). That all changes tonight on Cartoon Network, though, as the Teen Titans Go! crew hatches a scheme to double up on holiday fun in the new “Second Christmas” episode at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Beast Boy and Starfire have so much fun this Christmas that it’s hard to get back to the humdrum of winter. Inspiration strikes, however, when Starfire’s otherworldly naiveté about Earth’s holiday seasons inspires her friends to create a Second Christmas — complete with a Second Santa — in a bid to get her to deck the halls for them all over again. Get into the second holiday spirit with new clips — including one exclusive to CA — as well as stills from tonight’s episode of Teen Titans Go! after the cut.
It’s a big month for anniversaries. Doctor Who has turned 50. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is 25. One anniversary that doesn’t seem to be getting as much attention is the one that might make all of us feel the oldest. The Powerpuff Girls have officially been around for 15 years, debuting on Cartoon Network on November 18, 1998. If fans count creator Craig McCracken’s original “Whoopass Girls” concept that he created while in college at CalArts and debuted in 1992 as “Whoopass Stew!,” though, the team is old enough to drink.
Cartoon Network has pulled Beware the Batman off the air, even though it’s only been part of its Saturday morning schedule since mid-July. The next episode, which was scheduled for this Saturday, won’t be running.
Fans can hold out a little hope, though: Anthony Ruivivar, the actor who voices Batman on the show, Tweeted that it may return in January.
By Chris Sims
As Ray Croc famously said before a 10-cent hamburger crashed through his window and sent him on the path of vengeance against expensive hamburgers, “Children are a hungry, easily distracted lot.” That’s why the McDonald’s restaurant made the decision to include toys with its kid-friendly Happy Meals — and now, they’re taking cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets back to their darker, more brutal roots with toys based on Cartoon Network’s Beware the Batman!