Sunday, July 28, 2013

Why Adventure Time?

I'll be honest with you, I'm not a big fan of the Adventure Time show.  I did not get into it when it first hit airwaves, and while I've taken in a smattering of episodes from various seasons, they just don't seem to resonate with me in any significant way.

So why would I choose Adventure Time for my week's pick?  Because of the brilliant comic book
adaptation, of course!

I was nonplussed when I heard that Boom! had snagged the Adventure Time comic book license, but I was thrilled when I discovered that Ryan North (of Dinosaur Comics fame [among much else]) would be writing it.  North is easily one of my favourite writers, with his six-panel Dinosaur Comics never ceasing to impress me and bring a smile to my face.  So knowing that he'd be writing an ongoing series was a great surprise and something I had high hopes for, despite my disinterest in the actual property.

And then that first issue hit.

It was a brilliant combination of North's comedic sensibilities, artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb's excellent storytelling instincts, and the general wackiness that is all things Adventure Time.  I mean, there's a reason the series just won the Eisner for Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12) (congratulations, by the way).

I fell in love with the ongoing adventures of Finn the Human and Jake the Dog.  I could go on about how great the Adventure Time comics are (and there's a lot to cover, including the awesome backups you can find in every issue or the fantastic miniseries Boom! has been releasing), but I'll spare you my gushing.  Suffice it to say that Adventure Time is one of those books that I'm always excited to read, so I wanted to share some of that excitement with all of you.

I know I'll be taking inspiration from the comics, but feel free to draw from whichever sources you please.

So do you know what time it is?


  1. Nice! When I saw this why post, my thoughts immediately drifted into my stupid doodles during boring classes. Heh. I'll insert links into my Tumblr for you guys to see these said doodles.

    ADVENTURE TIME - First Flight

    Panel 1
    Red background with streaks of white. FINN is jumping really high. He is carrying his sword, poised to strike. He has a very determined face.

    CAPTION (Yellow Jake): His name is Finn the Human.

    Panel 2
    Pull back. We see FINN and above him, a DRAGON (Chinese). The Dragon breathes fire and burns Finn but it doesn't stop him.

    CAPTION (Yellow Jake): He's a really cool guy.

    Panel 3
    FINN strikes the DRAGON with his sword, slashing its head off.

    CAPTION (Yellow-Orange Jake): Very brave, very courageous.

    FINN: Hiyaaah!

    Panel 4
    FINN falls down hundreds of feet, but fortunately JAKE is there below ready to catch him. JAKE could be using his stretchy powers to transform into a trampoline or a giant web or a catcher's mit.

    CAPTION (Orange Jake): He was my bro.

    Panel 5
    We are now on the ground. JAKE has transformed back into his Jake self. FINN stands proudly, smiling. Approaching FINN is a flying little GREEN RING.

    GREEN RING: Finn of Ooo.
    GREEN RING: You have the ability to overcome great Fear.

    CAPTION (Red-Orange Jake): Until the -ugh- arrival of that damned green ring...

    Panel 6
    JAKE looks up at FINN in confusion and awe. FINN is hovering above ground, surrounded in a green aura. He has transformed into Green Lantern Finn!

    GREEN RING: Welcome to the

    FINN and JAKE: Whoa.

    Panel 7
    FINN flies up high into the clouds. JAKE extends his hands up. He looks very worried.

    CAPTION (Red Jake): ...when he -grr- FUCKING abandoned -urggh- ALL OF US!

    JAKE: Finn!

  2. Hi Arby. Funny script and well paced. I think you have Jakes voice down really well. The only thing I didn't feel fit the character was the cursing in the last panel.

    1. Oh, I actually added the cursing there to emphasize the corruption of the red ring. Jake's supposed to have become a red lantern by that point, hence the changing of the colors of his captions following the color wheel from Yellow to Red.


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