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There’s Constant Exploration And Discovery: The ‘Adventure Time’ Entrance/Exit Interview With Christopher Hastings And Ryan North

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With this month’s Adventure Time #36, the award-winning run from Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb comes to a close, making way for the new creative team of Christopher Hastings and Zachary Sterling. It’s an interesting and exciting piece of news, especially for fans who know Hastings from his work on the long-running Adventures of Dr. McNinja webcomic, but after three years, North, Paroline and Lamb’s run is worth looking back on as one of the best comics — not one of the best licensed books or one of the best kids comics, one of the best comics — of the past few years.

Today, we conclude our two-part interview with Hastings and North by looking forward to what Hastings plans to do in his run on the title, why the wackier aspects of the show have to be held together with an emotional core, and the character than North "fake killed off" for his three-year run.

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Ryan North & Christopher Hastings: The ‘Adventure Time’ Exit And Entrance Interview, Part One

Adventure Time, Boom! Studios

With this month's Adventure Time #36, the award-winning run from Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb comes to a close, making way for the new creative team of Christopher Hastings and Zachary Sterling. It's an interesting and exciting piece of news, especially for fans who know Hastings from his work on the long-running Adventures of Dr. McNinja webcomic, but after three years, North, Paroline and Lamb's run is worth looking back on as one of the best comics -- not one of the best licensed books or one of the best kids comics, one of the best comics -- of the past few years.

To that end, I spoke to both North and Hastings for a combined exit and entrance interview. Today, the two writers look back on North's run, including the incredible "Choose Your Own Adventure Time" issue and Marceline's knowledge of computer hacking.

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Ryan North Leaves ‘Adventure Time’ Comic After Three Years, Will Be Replaced By Christopher Hastings

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Of all the sentences I've read in comics news this week, none have been as much of an emotional rollercoaster as this one: Ryan North is leaving the Adventure Time comic, and will be replaced as writer by Christopher Hastings.

The announcement comes after almost three years of North's tenure as writer alongside artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, which included multiple awards for the series including an Eisner for Best Publication For Kids, and was revealed when the solicitations for January's issue were released, announcing the new team of Hastings, the creator of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, and artist Zachary Sterling, who previously worked on Boom!'s line of Adventure Time original graphic novels.

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Brandon Bird’s ‘X-Mans: The Strangest Art Show Of All’ Redraws An X-Men Coloring Book With Uncanny Results [Art]

Belted Hunk with Garbage by Tony Christopherson
Belted Hunk with Garbage by Tony Christopherson

So have you heard about these X-Men characters? Apparently they're pretty popular, and they've been in the news lately thanks to their appearance in a new movie. But in all the places you've seen them, whether it's comics, the big screen or even commercials for breakfast biscuits, I can promise you that you've never seen Marvel's Merry Mutants like they're depicted in Brandon Bird's 'X-Mans' art show.

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Ryan North, Christopher Hastings And Anthony Clark Launch ShiftyLook’s ‘DigDug’ Comic [Interview]

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Back in 2012, Namco launched ShiftyLook with an eye on turning older video game franchises like Bravoman and Rolling Thunder into webcomics, and they've done a good job of it, too. Galaga, in which Ryan North, Christopher Hastings and Anthony Clark reimagined space combat as the story of two teenage girls building spaceships out of giant pixels and blasting off to defend Earth alongside a two-fisted President, was one of ComicsAlliance's best comics of 2013, and now, they're giving the team a second chance at capturing that magic.

Today, North, Clark and Hastings launched DigDug, a short story based on the classic 1982 arcade game. I spoke to the three creators to find out more about how they adapt an 8-bit game into a character-based story, where they find time to take on an additional project and whether they've officially named their team.

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Christopher Hastings Saves Longshot In ‘Longshot Saves The Marvel Universe’ [Interview]

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The luckiest guy in the Marvel Universe has finally landed a solo series! Debuting in November, Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe will be penned by Dr. McNinja cartoonist Christopher Hastings and drawn by Jacopo Camagni, best known for his work on the all-ages Marvel Adventures line. We spoke with Hastings about his work on the series and the special nature -- and haircut -- of his cult favorite protagonist.

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North, Hastings And Clark Go ‘Galaga’ At ShiftyLook

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What do you get when you blend the creative teams behind Dinosaur Comics, The Adventures of Doctor McNinja and Nedroid? If you're Namco Bandai's webcomic arm, ShiftyLook, you get an all-new ongoing Galaga adventure. Writte

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Christopher Hastings On ‘The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Timefist’ [Interview]

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Christopher Hastings' The Adventures of Dr. McNinja isn't just one of the best webcomics going, it's also one of my favorite comics, period. As a result, I'm pretty excited about Dark Horse's release of Timefist this December. Collecting the story of Dr. McNinja's ill-fated experime

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The Jack Kirby Convention Sketchbook: 2012 Update

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Last year, I posted about a convention sketchbook I'd started themed around characters created or co-created by the legendary Jack Kirby, with ten great sketches from the artists I'd met at Heroes

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New ‘Dr. McNinja’ Plush is Perhaps the Squishiest Self-Proclaimed Action Figure of All Time

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Dr. McNinja fans, your day has come. TopatoCo have unveiled the Squishable "Mini McNinja CUTE Plush Action Figure." Though the plush version of Chris Hastings' titular The Adventures of Dr. McNinja webcomic hero sports far less articulation than, say, a custom G.I. Joe, it is 10

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