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.
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.
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.
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.
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.