On sale next week from the kaboom! imprint of Boom! Studios, Adventure Time: Bitter Sweets is the fourth in a series of original graphic novels starring the characters from Pendleton Ward's enduringly popular and influential animated series. The first three, printed in black and white, explored scenarios and relationships like Finn and Princess Flame's budding romance; a coming-of-age journey with some of the series' idiosyncratic princesses; and a teen-type angst opus starring Marceline the Vampire Queen. Courtesy of writer Kate Leth and artist Zachary Sterling, Bitter Sweets is a full-color adventure (obvs) focused squarely on Princess Bubblegum and Peppermint Butler, who is her butler (obvs), as they traverse the lands beyond the Candy Kingdom.
If there is one thing that I have learned in my time here at ComicsAlliance, it's that the public's hunger for Adventure Time cannot be sated, and only grows ever stronger as we offer up more and more to its howling maw. But offer we will, and in the process we'll get some pretty great comics out of the deal, including both the Eisner-winning ongoing series and a line of original graphic novels focusing on smaller groups of characters.
This week, BOOM! announced the latest in the OGN series, Bitter Sweets, in which writer and Kate Or Die creator Kate Leth and artist Zachary Sterling, reuniting the team behind the best-selling Adventure Time: Seeing Red for a new story that focuses on Princess Bubblegum and Peppermint Butler. And this time, they're in full color.
One of the great thing about the Adventure Time comics -- and there are a lot of great things about the Adventure Time comics -- is how great they are for telling stories with the familiar Cartoon Network characters that you could only really tell in comics. The best example might have been the fantastic Choose-Your-Own-Adventure issue, but next week, writer Ryan North and artists Kat Philbin, Missy Pena, Becca Tobin, Liz Prince, Carey Pietsch, Jesse Tise, Ian McGinty, T. Zysk, David Cutler, Yumi Sakugawa, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (phew) are doing it again with a special issue that's all about the cast making their own zines.
That's right, everyone: If you've ever wanted to know what a zine would look like if it was made by BMO, now is your chance to find out. It's about a bear named Cool Bear, and it is amazing.