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.
RIGBY, MORDECAI, BENSON AND SKIPS DESCEND INTO THE CAVE OF THE DESTRUCTION LORD IN ‘REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS’ #6
By Chris Sims
Listen, I’ve never had a job that required being outside. This is my blessing. The closest I’ve come to that is dragging long boxes out to a van at 8 a.m. so that we can get on the road to convention, and even then, I mostly just stayed inside and pretended to pick things up while secretly playing Ace Attorney games where no one could see me. I was just in it for the breakfast, folks.
What I’m getting at is that I don’t understand why anyone would actually want to work in a park, let alone why they would keep working in a park even as things around them obtain lethal levels of magical realism. At some point you just gotta quit, right? But that, I suppose, is why I am not one of the stars of Regular Show, because those dudes are always ready to delve down into a cave to face off against the Destruction Lord — which is exactly what happens in next week’s Regular Show: Skips #6, the spin-off series by Mad Rupert focusing on the Park’s immortal yeti groundskeeper.
CARTOON NETWORK’S ‘THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL’ COMES TO COMICS FROM BOOM! STUDIOS IN JUNE [FIRST LOOK]
Following news of its first look deal with Cartoon Network, Boom! Studios has officially announced its first new animation adaptation to follow the launch of Steven Universe. The Amazing World of Gumball #1 is set to arrive in June from through the all-ages Kaboom! imprint, featuring a 32-page story by writer Frank Gibson and artist Tyson Hesse.
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‘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.