First it was Adventure Time. Then it was Regular Show. Now it's Steven Universe, and there's definitely more on the way. If it didn't seem like it before, Boom! Studios' lightning-quick licensed comic book relationship with Cartoon Network has now been made official with an exclusive first look deal. CN's licensing and merchandising arm Cartoon Network Enterprises has partnered with Boom!, giving the publisher the first option to license "all-new Cartoon Network original comedies for adaptation into comics and graphic novels."
Following our lenghty interview with Adventure Time Vol. 3: Seeing Red writer (and CA guest contributor) Kate Leth earlier this month, you may have found yourself wondering just when you could read a solid chunk of the Zachary Sterling-illustrated original graphic novel. The full OGN isn't out until Wednesday, March 5, but thanks to a beefy digital deliver from Boom! Studios, today you can now check out the book's cover by Stephanie Gonzaga and ten full pages of Leth and Sterling's interiors as they chronicle Marceline the Vampire Queen's (and Jake the Dog's) latest conflict with her Nightosphere-ruling father.
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."
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The competition was brutal during last weekend's Annie Awards, the International Animated Film Society's celebration of an uncommonly strong year in animation for film, television, commercials and games. For example, it stung to see our beloved Teen Titans Go! lose the award for Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience, but that the winner was the similarly excellent Adventure Time made the pill easier to swallow. But easier still was the master Katsuhiro Otomo taking home the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement in animation. That pill is good for health.
One of the cool things about Adventure Time is that it lends itself really well to hopping in and out of different genres with every adventure. Sure, it's skewed pretty heavily towards dungeon-crawling action, but over the past few years, we've seen romances, crime stories, locked room mysteries, and even supernatural horror. And now, we're getting to see Finn and Jake plot a heist -- and since they're heisting a princess, why not recruit the Ice King as an expert advisor?
That's what's going down in the pages of Adventure Time: The Flip Side #2, from the team of Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover and Wook Jin Clark! Check out the first few pages, along with a whole dang bunch of variant covers, below!
Since the name of Boom's Adventure Time comic book game is getting even wilder than usual on its miniseries and special issues, it's hard to say that their upcoming annual is a complete 180 from what's come before. But will turn a full 90 degrees. Seriously.
This April the Adventure Time 2014 Annual by the Tiny Kitten Teeth team of Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt is flipping the series horizontal for a special widescreen installment, which should help to fit in Dreistadt's fully painted take on none other than Baby Fionna and Cake.
In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”
Cartoonist Sarah Horrocks may be most well-known for her Adventure Time cover and of course her excellent critical writing for this site and elsewhere, but she's done a great deal of interior work on her own projects as well, such as Hecate Snake Diaries and Dysnomia, and her work has (or soon will) appear in Brandon Graham's Image Comics titles iMultiple Warheads and Prophet. Horrocks usually does every part of the comics process on her projects, from writing to lettering.
On February 19, Boom! Studios will celebrate two years of Adventure Time comics as the ongoing series' 25th issue arrives in stores. It's a milestone for Boom!, and especially writer Ryan North and the art team of Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, who have been working together consecutively for the full run aside from issue #5 (which was drawn by Mike Holmes -- but hey, Paroline and Lamb needed a second to get married). To commemorate the release of Adventure Time #25, ComicsAlliance got in touch with its Eisner Award-winning art team for insights into their collaborative process and the secret to their ongoing success.
When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
Hey, did you know we like Adventure Time? Because we really like Adventure Time, and if you're buying a present for someone in a similar state, you're probably going to want to grab an in-character encyclopedia detailing everything there is to know about the show!