“Huh huh” Ooooooooooooooh” We’re Back!

When Regular Show reached its somber but brilliant conclusion it did so in a way that truly put a perfect ribbon on the entire program. Leaping ahead 25 years through flashforwards showing us Rigby and Mordecai’s lives up until a reunion at the park. We know that they’ve gone onto to have excellent marriages and have risen now grown children in their late teens to early 20s. I mean that is if you watched the show. If you didn’t though I can’t imagine why you would care about any Regular Show comic. The show had a strong enough fanbase though to not let that be the end and BOOM knew it.

Regular Show: 25 Years Later is a series that picks up directly from the final scene of the show. As the boys reminiscence they go off to to video shack. On the way there though Benson asks asks them to go them some ice since they’re all out and don’t have time to wait for a freezer to make some. This should be simple, they’re mature, older men now… go to to the store, get a bag of ice, simple.

This is still Regular Show and things don’t go as planned and then in well.. regular fashion, they get weird. Then they get weirder. Then they get really weird. Then just when it seems things seem okay, the cliffhanger ending of issue one hits and you have no clue where this story may go. It has many options, time travel, body switching, space, fantasy lands, pure ridiculousness.

Christopher Hastings who has written excellent issues of Adventure Time definitely understands the voices of Rig and Mord and for creating wackiness. The street art background of illustrator Anna Johnstone definitely allows for a super fun and different look to the well know characters while keeping them familiar and on point. Along with the subdued but colorful palette and hues of Joana Lafuente the book truly feels like a proper beginning to a new end for a friendly bird and raccoon and their entire friends and families saga.

Issue #1 of Regular Show: 25 Years Later is currently available in comic shops, for mail order through the BOOM! Studios site, as well as digitally through various sites.

Over the Garden Wall and Into Hollow Town (Press release)

 

BOOM! Studios is proud to announce OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN #1, beginning a new five issue limited series set in the world inspired by the Emmy® Award-winning Cartoon Network animated series Over The Garden Wall.

Writer Celia Lowenthal (The Storyteller: Fairies) and artist Jorge Monlongo (Powerpuff Girls, Rugrats) send Wirt, Greg, and Beatrice on an all-new adventure in the Unknown as they stumble on a small town inhabited entirely by eerie porcelain doll-people. After Greg loses a shoe to a pond-turtle, it’s up to Wirt to earn money for a new pair, leading him to babysit some doll-children that may cause Wirt to stay in town forever…

OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN #1 features a main cover by Celia Lowenthal, along with variant covers by Natalie Hall (Adventure Time) and Miguel Mercado (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers).

“With OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN, I’ve been trying to lean into and expand upon some of the great aspects of the show: adolescent social anxiety, patterns and tropes from fairytales, and – of course – spooky things from the woods that aren’t quite what they seem,” said Celia Lowenthal. “Over The Garden Wall is just such a good story; it’s really awesome to get to play around in its universe and, hopefully, do something new and fun!”

“I love everything about Over The Garden Wall –  the characters, colors, music… and the way horror and tenderness blend together,” said Jorge Monlongo. “Working on this new series so exciting.I enjoy drawing old houses and antique clothes, malefic trees, sinister creatures and frogs. But what I love the most is drawing Greg!”

OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and  Brianne Drouhard, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, and The Deepby Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

“I’m excited to head back to The Unknown for more adventures with Wirt, Greg and Beatrice,” said Whitney Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Pat McHale created an amazing world with Over The Garden Wall and we’re really excited about this chance to introduce readers to more adventures with these amazing characters. Celia and Jorge have created a special story in OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN about family, responsibility and the true dangers of strange dolls, you don’t want to miss is.”

Print copies of OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN will be available for sale in September 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For more on OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN and more from KaBOOM!, please visit www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

Pop-Culture Spectrum History and Today: Ian Brill

A long long time ago in an internet far far away which had nothing to do with Star Wars this website existed in a different incarnation.  I did exhaustive HTML, created original logos and that jazz.  I even published the writings of some of my other internet friends who either didn’t have their own websites or wanted to contribute.  I was blessed to have the friends who gave me work, but one of the best was from now major comics writer Ian Brill.

Ian Brill’s career trajectory as I understand it (but can’t completely confirm or deny) started off as an intern at McSweeney’s, as well doing freelance work for Publisher’s Weekly, Newsarama and many other comics journalism sites, back in 2008 he landed an editor position at BOOM! Comics, working on a variety of books until finally getting the writing reigns to some of the Disney Afternoon line from BOOM! Kids which is now known Kaboom.  Ian has written Darkwing Duck and my personal favorite Chip & Dale’s Rescue Rangers.

Before all that though he was just another voice out there in the world of the internet and he wrote little bio pieces based on music inspired by the Nick Hornby book, Songbook.

It was really fun reading which fell under the title BRILL BUILDING, which had the double meaning of the essays being about Ian’s growing up, but also being inspired by the name of a famous building of musical history.

Luckily or unluckily (I’ll let him decide that) those articles are still sitting on the Pop-Culture Spectrum server.

I felt now with Ian’s star on the rise was a good time to share them.  There are four articles and you can read them right at this link.