Boom! Studios has found success with a line of Adventure Time original graphic novels that's being published alongside the ongoing monthly comic, so it was only a matter of time before they expanded that strategy to include Regular Show as well. Now, we're just about to see the first full-color Regular Show graphic novel, Hydration, hitting shelves with a story of everyone's favorite raccoon and bluejay dealing with a heat wave that hits the park, sending them in search of a way to cool off. It's a simple idea, but under Rachel Connor and Tessa Stone, it turns into a sprawling adventure that's full of the magical realism and 8-bit video games that Regular Show fans have come to love.
To find out more, I spoke to Connor about the process of creating a story that would be longer and more complicated than any episode of the show, the strange twists that allowed it to expand to a full 155 pages, and why the Baby Ducks just had to make an appearance.
As much as I might identify with Mordecai and Rigby, the two slackers at the center of Cartoon Network's Regular Show, the last few seasons have seen Eileen become my favorite character on the show. Now, my demand for more Eileen-centric media is finally being addressed by the comics in the form of this week's Regular Show #13.
Written by Minty Lewis, a storyboard artist for Regular Show and the voice of Eileen, with art by Allison Strejlau, the story finds Eileen heading off for a solo adventure full of palindromes and calm breathing.
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) at Comic-Con International. 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.
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 is by Allison Strejlau, artist on the monthly Regular Show series.
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.
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. Check out a preview below!
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."
It's early yet, but I'm calling it: Regular Show: Skips #5 -- the second-to-last issue in the miniseries -- has my favorite panel of the month... or at very least my favorite portent of destruction. That's not to say I think writer and artist Mad Rupert is going to make the book's hero fail on his mission to save his friends (and their vacation) from a horrible time loop using high tech equipment and the unique skills he's obtained as an immortal -- but for my money nothing beats watching a gumball machine with anger issues predict oblivion. You can see for yourself in our preview of the issue, which is out this week from Boom! Studios with covers by Rupert, Felicia Choo, Monica Ray and Jimmy Giegerich.
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.
Don't you just hate it when your vacation turns into a time-loop addled adventure of mystery complete with corrupt cops? Modrecai and Rigby's immortal buddy and oftentimes mentor Skips does, and it's going to be plain to see next Wednesday, January 8 in Regular Show: Skips #3 by Mad Rupert and colorist Whitney Cogar. Featuring covers by Rupert, Corey Lewis (Sharknife), Paulina Ganucheau (Zodiac Starforce) and Michael DeForge (Ant Colony), the issue sees the plot thicken to molasses levels as the miniseries reach its halfway point.
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