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Review: ADVENTURE TIME #25

Adventure Time #25, cover art by Matt Cummings

Adventure Time #25, cover art by Matt Cummings

What a cool way to celebrate Big Issue 25, with this extra-special (well, they’re all special, but still) story by Ryan North, illustrated by Dustin Nguyen, Jess Fink, Jeffrey Brown, Jim Rugg, Shelli Pavoline, and Braden Lamb. If this can count as extra-special maybe it’s because of all those dinosaurs. North gets to play with one of his favorite things and just runs with it. He made his name in comics with his webcomic about dinosaurs, “Dinosaur Party,” or something like that, maybe, “Dinosaur Newshour,”, no…”Dinosaur Comics.” That’s it! Cool and simple. You can read it here. Anyhow, what better way to mark that special twenty-fifth issue landmark than with dinosaurs, time-honored, and easily ridiculed creatures that they are.

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Interview: Martin Olson and Olivia Olson and All Things ‘Adventure Time’

Marceline the Vampire Queen in "Adventure Time"

Marceline the Vampire Queen in “Adventure Time”

Martin Olson is a great comedy writer. And Olivia Olson is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and actress. It was a lot of fun to get to interview them both in a casual conversational style. I had a good idea about what I wanted to ask them. I had notes about the dynamics of a father and daughter working together. I had notes on Martin’s career going back to his founding of the legendary “Boston Comedy Scene.” I had notes about Martin’s writing for, and Olivia’s acting in, “Phineas and Ferb.” And, of course, I had notes upon notes on “Adventure Time.”

Vanessa in "Phineas and Ferb"

Vanessa in “Phineas and Ferb”

The new book by Martin Olson, “The Adventure Time Encyclopedia,” is a nod to his impressive “Encyclopedia of Hell,” from 2010, and is the ultimate source of knowledge on all things “Adventure Time.”

Now, wait for a moment here, and let’s back it up. “Encyclopedia of Hell” is a whole world to itself. This book is a manual for demons to prepare for Hell’s invasion of Earth. It’s a wonderful vehicle. As Martin Olson points out, “This is working from Mark Twain’s version of Satan. This is the most beautiful satirical platform to work from since all bets are off and you can satirize everything.” Check it out here.

Olivia Olson is well known for his musical talent but there’s no getting around the fact that she also has tons of fans of her role as Marceline the Vampire Queen. And that’s very cool. It’s an honor, really, and Olivia wears it well. At one point in the interview, I posed a question to Olivia from my own daughter, Emma, who was curious about how Olivia channels her vampire character and Olivia provided an inspired response. It lead to an interesting discussion on the power of fiction.

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Getting back to “The Adventure Time Encyclopedia,” it does a remarkable job of describing the narrative underbelly of the show and all the activities on the postapocalyptic land of Ooo. Primarily, you have profiles that go into heavy detail on all the main characters, followed by smaller profiles on the wide assortment of minor characters. There are also a number of other features, including maps and descriptions on the many kingdoms and various miscellaneous treats. But, the great thing about this book is how it takes everything that may appear chaotic and gives it a more orderly form. No doubt, there is much to keep up with on a show that is far more than just about a boy and his dog, as you can see from a look at Season 5 here.

It sure looks like there’s room for a whole other book on this subject and maybe that will happen. For now, you’ll be glad you got yourself a copy of “The Adventure Time Encyclopedia,” published by Abrams Books, which you can purchase here.

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And to add to all the fun, Martin Olson and Olivia Olson have a new album they have just released. It is an eclectic collection that rings true in its wide range of songs. You can check out “The Father-Daughter Album of Unspeakable Beauty” on iTunes here.

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And, of course, you will want to check out Olivia’s EP, “Beauty is Chaos,” on iTunes here.

Just click the link below to listen to the whole podcast interview:

And keep up with “Phineas and Ferb,” on the Disney Channel, here and “Adventure Time,” on Cartoon Network, here.

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COMIC-CON 2012: ADVENTURE TIME

EDITOR’S NOTE: Go to the Comics Grinder Facebook Page to view new drawings of Adventure Time. Feel free to add your own! Updated 11 October 2012

What are we waiting to see at San Diego Comic-Con? Now, really, let’s get organzied.

There are two Adventure Time panels and they are both must-see.

So, see them both:

Saturday, July 14

11:15-12:15 Cartoon Network: Adventure TimeNot just any ol’ panel, this is Adventure Time! Join series creator Pendleton Ward (Lumpy Space Princess), Jeremy Shada (Finn), Tom Kenny (Ice King), and others to experience the all-out good time that is Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time!There will be singing, live readings, lots of exclusive clips, and other mathematical surprises! Room 6A

Friday, July 13
2:00-3:00 BOOM! Studios: Adventure Time Comic Book— What time is it? It’s Adventure Time! The top-rated Cartoon Network show is now a bestselling comic book published by KaBOOM! You won’t want to miss this all-star panel featuring the show’s creator Pendleton Ward, along with series artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Ice Age) and writer/artist Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie) of the new miniseries Marceline and the Scream Queens, as they discuss what’s next for the Land of Ooo in the world of comics. Room 23ABC
UPDATE: Well, we weren’t able to make either one of these panels! How sad. Such is life in the high-octane world of Comic-Con. But we did get some neat Adventure Time merch.
“What’s for b-fast, Jake?”
“Everything Burrito! I love you, Everything Burrito!”
That’s from “Conquest of Cuteness,” from “Adventure Time,” Season 3, which you can find here! Jake has just planted a wet kiss on his larger-than-life burrito when King Snuggadoodle and the Huggaboopies invade Finn and Jake’s treehouse. Visit Cartoon Network and properly worship, “Adventure Time”!
What follows is the neat press release from Comic-Con featuring news of The New Children’s Museum:    

Cartoon Network Partners with The New Children’s Museum for

FIRST EVER San Diego Comic Con Take-Over!

Showcasing and Celebrating the Fandom of Hit Series Adventure Time

It’s a Finn and Jake take over, Comic-Con style! For the first time ever, The New Children’s Museum, located in Downtown San Diego, will be re-conceptualized to feature an exclusive, fully immersive Adventure Time experience.  Inspired by two fan-favorite episodes, the Adventure Time: Keyper Seeker experience will welcome guests into this lush re-creation of the Land of Ooo! The Keyper, a beloved Adventure Time character who just happens to wear a key shaped hat, will present guests with a special key that opens one of the many doors within the secret lair of the Door Lords. Before a door will open, each guest must decipher a riddle that if successful will grant access to an extra-special prize locked inside!

The New Children’s Museum of San Diego and Cartoon Network will also be partnering to host an Adventure Time exhibition featuring fan-generated artwork! Cartoon Network has assembled a diverse array of Adventure Time themed artwork which will be displayed for the duration of this year’s Con.

Celebrating the amazing fandom of this hit series, the Adventure Time: Keyper Seeker experience and the Adventure Time Fan Art Exhibit will be open to the public and Comic-Con attendees at the New Children’s Museum of San Diego Wednesday, July 11 – Sunday, July 15, 2012.  The New Children’s Museum is located at 200 West Island Avenue , San Diego , California 92101 , conveniently located directly across from the Convention Center.

The New Children’s Museum is a dynamic new model of a museum that provides inventive and engaging art experiences that are meaningful to children and families. NCM brings families together in a rich educational environment that fosters creativity — blending elements of art museum, children’s museum, and community center.

A non-profit institution funded by admissions, memberships, and community support, the Museum stimulates imagination, inquisitiveness and innovative thinking by exhibiting participatory works of art by contemporary artists and providing a venue for art making and play. Serving all ages, from toddler to teen, NCM inspires new ways to see the world through the language of art.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is the #1 U.S. television network among boys 6-11. Currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 168 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and the Move It Movement.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

When you’re in San Diego, be sure to visit The New Children’s Museum!

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