‘TEEN TITANS GO!’ INVOKES SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK TO EXPLAIN HUMAN METAPHORS TO STARFIRE
By Chris Sims
Starfire has a problem. Thanks to her alien upbringing and her unfamiliarity with the intricacies of Earth languages, she has a hard time communicating with her friends, who are always using the metaphors. She tends to be a little more literal, and that’s making her feel a little “uncool” around her “teen” “pals.”
Fortunately, this week’s episode of Teen Titans GO!, ”Knowledge,” finds Raven willing to help, with the show going into full-on Schoolhouse Rock mode for a song about how to spice up her conversations, and it is amazing.
HEARTBREAK AND SECRETS WITH THE CAST & CREATORS OF ‘REGULAR SHOW’ AT COMIC-CON 2014
By Chris Sims
The last year of Cartoon Network’s Regular Show has brought some pretty huge changes to the lives of everyone’s favorite park groundskeepers who just happen to be a raccoon and a bluejay. The departure of Margaret and the reintroduction of CJ, the secret origin of Skips and the introduction of Thomas the Intern have all shaken up life around the park, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop any time soon.
To find out more, I went to San Diego Comic-Con and spoke to J.G. Quintel (show creator and the voice of Mordecai), Sean Szeles (writer and director), Matt Price (writer), Bill Salyers (Rigby), Minty Lewis (storyboard artist and the voice of Eileen) and Roger Craig Smith (Thomas). Find out more about Eileen’s rise to prominence, hear hints about Thomas’s upcoming role in the spotlight, and witness J.G. Quintel’s reaction when I tell him how upset my 63 year-old mother was when Skips’ girlfriend died in that flashback. Seriously.
NO, YOU’RE THE JOKE: THE CAST OF ‘STEVEN UNIVERSE’ AT COMIC-CON 2014 [INTERVIEW]
By Chris Sims
Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe has quickly become one of my favorite shows on television. The action, the comedy, the fact that there’s an episode all about secret underground pro wrestling where the lead character becomes a manager named Tiger Millionaire, these are all things that I tend to respond to pretty favorably.
That’s why I sat down for a roundtable interview at Comic-Con International with Zach Callison (Steven), Deedee Magno (Pearl),Michaela Dietz (Amethyst) and Tom Scharpling (Greg Universe) to go behind the scenes and find out what their favorite episodes are, what the response has been, and the magical formula for turning into Aimee Mann.
TEEN TITANS GO - EPISODE 55 - “PIRATES” PREVIEW
Aqualad asks Raven out on a date, which makes Beast Boy jealous. Cyborg tries to prove that Aqualad is really a pirate.
NEW ‘REGULAR SHOW’ GRAPHIC NOVEL ‘HYDRATION’ EXAMINES THE WONDER OF THE MYSTERY POOL IN FULL COLOR
As the band Solid Bold so indelibly noted in their song “Summertime Loving, Loving In The Summer (Time),” “It’s Summertime and you know what that means / Gonna head down to the beach, gonna do some beachy things.”
One of those beachy things could be plopping down on the sand and reading a graphic novel about Regular Show…uh, regulars Mordecai and Rigby trying to figure out how and why a mysterious pool appeared in their park in the midst of a blistering heat wave. That’s the premise of the new Boom! Studios graphic novel by Ed, Edd and Eddy writer Rachel Connor and artist Tessa Stone (Bravest Warriors). The beautiful cover above — which you’re seeing for the first time here on CA — is by Allison Strejlau, artist on the monthly Regular Show series.
The summer is turning into a roast-fest and Mordecai and Rigby are desperate to find a way to cool down. But when a mystery pool suddenly appears and offers a chance to beat the heat, it’s only a matter of time before these two best bros find themselves in totally water-logged trouble.
TEEN TITANS GO! EPISODE 52 “MR. BUTT” PREVIEW
Blackfire pays a surprise visit to her sister Starfire, saying she wants to spend some quality time with her. The other Titans think that Blackfire is playing another trick, but Starfire is sure that this time Blackfire is serious about reviving their sisterly love.
Airs Thursday, June 12
6:00/5:00c on Cartoon Network
‘TEEN TITANS GO!’ RETURNS WITH LIVE-ACTION MARIONETTES AND DEALS WITH THE SOCK-DEVIL IN ‘PUPPETS WHAAAAT?’
Inspired by the characters created and/or popularized by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Teen Titans Go! is one of the best ever DC Comics series to come out of Warner Bros. Animation, which is saying something considering the prestigious history of that association. The series has been characterized by a virtually flawless balance of character-based superhero situation comedy and hilarious absurdism, with multiple episodes dedicated to dance parties, romantic rivalries, food-based melodrama, characters actually dying (only to be resurrected inexplicably in the next), and now, selling their souls to the Devil.
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.
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.