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One of the most beloved Adventure Time characters, Marceline, is in the midst of a miniseries from KaBoom titled Marceline Gone Adrift, by Meredith Gran and Carey Pietsch, and ComicsAlliance has the exclusive preview for issue #3. In the story so far, everyone's favorite rocker demon/vampire went on a rampage throughout Ooo, so Princess Bubblegum stripped her of her powers and sent her drifting off into space. This is probably not so great for their relationship, but Princess Bubblegum does feel really, really bad about it.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of Charles Schulz' Peanuts, the syndicated comic strip widely regarded as not just one of the greatest works of its kind, but as one of the great works of American comedy in the 20th century. For an extraordinary fifty-year run, Schulz told the story of neurotic schoolyard philosopher Charlie Brown, his dreamer beagle Snoopy, and their eternally young cohort of broadly-drawn kids with surprisingly complicated souls.
It's been fifteen years since Schulz ended his run, which means there are kids Chuck's age who were born years after Peanuts. Thanks to Boom Studios' KaBoom imprint, these kids aren't growing up in a world where Peanuts is the sole preserve of nostalgic grown-ups. KaBoom has been reprinting Schulz's stories alongside new strips by today's creators, all aimed at a contemporary audience of kids. The 25th issue, out next week, celebrates 65 years of Peanuts with an ad-free 32-page original story by Paige Braddock and Vicki Scott, and KaBoom have given us an exclusive preview to share with our readers.
Boom Studios has a reputation in the comics industry for publishing an increasingly diverse group of books and creators. This commitment to diversity in genre and people is reflected in an all-new initiative the publisher announced today in Previews with a letter from founder Ross Richie. While 2015 is the 10th anniversary of Boom, the publisher wants to talk about what's next rather than what's come before. They call this discussion of the future Push Comics Forward and they don't want it to be only about Boom.
Push Comics Forward is Boom's way of focusing on the ongoing conversation about diversity and the future of the industry. To learn more about this initiative and what to expect from Boom for the next ten years and beyond, we spoke with Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon.
Did you miss picking up Boom! Studios' all-ages KaBoom! Summer Blast! comic this past Saturday during Free Comic Book Day 2014? Worry not! The publisher has provided ComicsAlliance with the entire nearly 50-page sampler to share with everyone on the web. Packed with eight short stories from the world of Adventure Time, Regular Show, Peanuts, Garfield, Steven Universe, Herobear and the Kid, The Amazing World of Gumball, the issue also marks the debut of KaBoom!'s newest Cartoon Network-to-comics series, Uncle Grandpa. Click through to read the entire FCBD release.
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.
When it comes to Bravest Warriors, nobody steals the show like the contagiously obnoxious Impossibear. Sure, Catbug is the show's king of cuteness (and already got the spotlight back in January with the Bravest Warriors 2014 Annual #1), but only Wallow's multicolored pet/compatriot/roommate is capable of the kind of brazen self-interest and sloth that lets you know he thinks the entire show should be about him. Boom! knows this, which is why the publisher will be releasing the Bravest Warriors 2014 Impossibear Special in June, which features the work of storytellers Kevin Panetta, Nikki Mannino, Jeremy Sorese, Kevin Church, Kat Leyh, Paulina Ganucheau and Jess Fink, plus covers by Ian McGinty and Andy Hirsch.
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."
After three issues of painstakingly fighting to save the Regular Show crew from a time-loop fueled catastrophe, everyone's favorite Mark Hamill-voiced immortal park groundskeeper is finally gearing up to (hopefully) save the day. But first? Skips will need the right accessories. Writer and artist Mad Rupert is set to supply the hero with the tools he needs in next week's Regular Show: Skips #4, which features wacky Time Police inventions aplenty.
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!